One of the all-new models making its debut at the IAA Show in Munich is the Mercedes-Benz EQE. The new electric vehicle bearing the three-pointed star logo was recently unveiled in its EQE 350 trim, which is shown here.
The EQE is the full electric counterpart of the petrol-fed E-Class, and it sits below the EQS in the EQ hierarchy of Mercedes. With that, it bears some resemblance with the EQS flagship EV of the German automaker with slightly tweaked styling elements to keep them distinct from each other.
The EQE follows the traditional sedan design instead of the EQS’ liftback styling and is shorter than the EQS in size. The former has a length of 196.6 inches with 122.9 inches wheelbase compared to the latter’s 207 inches length and 126.5 inches wheelbase. The EQE also features a bigger front grille that’s dotted with small illuminated three-pointed stars flanking the Mercedes logo, thinner headlamps, and various wheel designs to choose from with sizes ranging from 19 to 20 inches. The car’s design emphasizes aerodynamic efficiency, too, which yields an overall drag coefficient of 0.20.
The EQE is powered by a 215 kW electric motor mounted on the rear axle capable of producing up to 288 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. The numbers are managed by a single-speed transmission to a rear-wheel-drive system or an all-wheel-drive system adding another motor to the front axle.
The EV is equipped with a 90.6 kWh battery pack that provides the auto an electric range of 410 miles based on the European WLTP cycle. The electric sedan can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in just 31 minutes using a DC fast charger.
New Driving Dynamics
Among the other highlights of the EQE includes a four-link suspension and multi-link rear like the S-Class. Taking the rear-axle steering options lets the Benz achieve a 10 degrees steering angle reducing its turning radius by 6 feet. Moreover, it comes with adaptive ADS+ dampers that reduce the car’s ride height by an inch when running over 75 mph to help reduce drag and increase stability as well as a manual lift suspension adjustment that brings up the ride height by one inch to let the vehicle pass through humps safely and small obstacles along the way when cruising 25 mph and below.
The EQE adopts the same interior detailing present in the EQS particularly the 56-inch MBUX Hyperscreen that seamlessly houses the digital instrument cluster, touchscreen infotainment system, passenger side display, and augmented reality heads-up display. It benefits from all the standard active safety systems present in the EQS, too, like the emergency braking, high-beam assist, and Pre-Safe collision awareness that can be combined with the optional Driver Assistance package.
The all-new EQE is scheduled to go on sale by the middle of 2022 in European and US Mercedes dealerships.