Mercedes-Benz unveils EQE electric sedan with impressive 650-km range
The Mercedes-Benz EQE, a wholly new mid-sized sedan that represents the first electric-first mass-market option for the EQ line.
Mercedes-Benz unveils the production version EQE, its new E-Class-size electric sedan, with an impressive 650-km range. When it comes to releasing new electric vehicles, Mercedes-Benz has been taking a top-down approach. It started with the top-of-the-line EQS, which is competing with its own S-Class and against electric competitions like the Tesla Model S.
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The automaker had already announced the smaller EQE, but today, ahead of the IAA Mobility show in Munich, it is unveiling the production version of the EQE:
The EQE features a sporty ‘purpose design’ with all the characteristic elements of Mercedes-EQ, one-bow lines and cab-forward design. Sensual Purity is reflected in generously modelled surfaces, reduced joints and seamless transitions (seamless design). The overhangs and the front end are kept short, the rear provides the dynamic accent with a sharp rear spoiler. Flush with the outer edge of the body, the 19- to 21-inch wheels, together with a pronounced muscular shoulder section, give the EQE an athletic character.
The battery has a usable energy content of 90 kWh, and the range of up to 660 km1 according to WLTP is absolutely suitable for touring. The model range will include two variants at market launch: den EQE 350 (power consumption acc. to WLTP: 19.3-15.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)1 with 215 kW, as well as a second model. Performance variants with around 500 kW are being planned.
With an optional dashboard-spanning MBUX Hyperscreen equipped, the car’s interior will look familiar to EQS buyers. Two massive, turbine-shaped vents accentuate an entire otherwise made up entirely of light shades, blue accents, and the highest square footage of screen a modern car can possibly handle. Other traditional options include four-wheel steering, active air suspension, and a wide variety of automated safety features. The Mercedes me store will also offer new features over the air; so far, that list includes things like a separate driving mode for young drivers and a sound experience called “Roaring Pulse.”
In its competitive set, which includes the Tesla Model 3, the BMW i4, and the Polestar 2, the EQE aims for a higher level of sophistication. Yet we can’t help but wonder if its power rating is quite enough to wow new customers. And, indeed, if it can match the needs of many current Mercedes-Benz customers who are perfectly happy with their gasoline-powered cars.