2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Officially UnveiledGiancarlo Perlas October 17, 2022
After tons of official teasers and spy shots, the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV has been finally unveiled. The new electric vehicle (EV) under the EQ range of the three-pointed star marque is basically the more utility-focused counterpart of the EQE sedan that made its world premiere last year.
According to the EQE press release of Mercedes-Benz Group Media, the EV will carry some innovations found in the EQS flagship sedan and it is seen as more dynamic than the EQS SUV. Although the EQE SUV is considered to be the most spacious in its class when it comes to passenger and luggage capacity, it is more compact than its sedan version because of its 3.5-inch shorter wheelbase.
As expected, the EQE SUV carries the distinctive look of the EQE sedan but on a bigger and more agile scale. The AMG variant in particular sets the bar higher with its sportier appearance featuring the signature Panamericana front grille of Mercedes’ high-performance division and a more aggressive stance thanks to its adoption of an air suspension system. The AMG EQE SUV also emulates its petrol-fed sibling, the AMG GLE SUV, with its integration of a subtle front splitter, faux air inlets with flics and fins, and standard Digital Light headlamps.
Meanwhile, its interior benefits from the same design and tech found in the EQE sedan that can be optionally upgraded to the MBUX Hyperscreen for a fully-digital layout. The AMG version, however, takes the notch higher with its performance-focused multi-function steering wheel, aluminum foot pedals, and use of higher-quality leather and fiber in its upholstery that are further elevated by their contrasting special stitching patterns. Likewise, it benefits from the optional Hyperscreen showcasing AMG-specific graphics.
The EQE SUV will be offered in three Benz and two AMG variants, namely the EQE 350+, EQE 350 4MATIC, EQE 500 4MATIC, AMG EQE 43 4MATIC, and AMG EQE 53 4MATIC. The units are expected to arrive in dealerships by 2023.
Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+
The EQE SUV starts with the EQE 350+, which is the only rear-wheel-drive model in the range. It is powered by a permanently excited synchronous motor (PSM) capable of delivering up to 215 kW and 565 Nm of torque. Moreover, the overall system voltage of the EV is pegged at 400 volts, which is enough to push it to a distance of 480 to 590 km on a full charge based on WLTP tests. Despite having the most modest specs compared to the other trims of its range, the EQE 350+ is by far the most economical in the bunch.
Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 4MATIC
The EQE 350 4MATIC is almost the same as the 350+. The only exceptions are its use of an all-wheel-drive system, 765 Nm of torque, and an electric range of just 459 to 558 km.
Mercedes-Benz EQE 500 4MATIC
The EQE 500 4MATIC sees a significant jump in output, which is at 300 kW and 858 Nm of torque. With that, its range at full charge is reduced to 460 to 547 km.
Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 4MATIC
The high-performance variant of the SUV starts with the AMG EQE 43 4MATIC. From here, the EVs are fitted with two PSMs to provide an output of up to 350 kW and 858 Nm of torque. Due to its prioritization of performance in its power consumption, the range of the auto’s 328-volt battery pack sits at 431 to 488 km.
Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4MATIC
The range-topping model of the series is the AMG EQE 53 4MATIC. This one is a lot like the base AMG trim in most aspects, but with the exemption of its massive power rated at 460 kW and 950 Nm of torque, and up to 505 kW and 100 Nm of torque when combined with the optional AMG Dynamic Plus package. The higher energy consumption brought about the performance boost only allows the max range of the EV to go from 375 to 470 km.