Mercedes-Benz EQE all-electric sedan unleashed
The Mercedes-Benz EQE is a brand-new electric saloon that crams all of the technology from the opulent EQS into a smaller, more affordable package. It will go on sale globally in early 2022.
The Merc EQE features a 90-kilowatt-hour battery that provides it with a range of 410 miles (~660 km). That’s 50 miles more than the Tesla Model 3 long-range version and 5 miles more than the Model S long-range version.
However, it isn’t without flaws. It doesn’t charge as rapidly as the batteries in the larger EQS. The EQE can only use a 170kW fast charger, but it can still extend your range by 155 miles in just 15 minutes.
Merc hasn’t mentioned much about the performance of the new EQE, but it has announced that the rear-wheel-drive 350 variant will be the first to go on sale. This car has a single rear-mounted motor that produces ~292 horsepower and 530Nm of torque.
Mercedes EQE resembles the bigger EQS in appearance. The headlights are a little chunkier, and the daytime running lights are a little more angular, but the blanked-off plastic grille, as well as the air intakes on each side of the bumper, are quite similar.
The EQE has its own set of 19 to 21-inch alloy wheels, but the swooping roofline, curved doors, and chrome trim all appear identical to the EQS. The rear of this car is quite familiar as well.
Although the EQE’s wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) is 90mm shorter than the EQS, its cain is 80mm longer than a standard E-Class sedan, so it should still feel very spacious inside. There’s also 27mm extra shoulder room, and the chairs are 65mm taller to provide additional leg support.
But, the EQE’s 430-litre boot is roughly 110 litres less than an E-Class, and it’s even 25 litres smaller than a C-Class sedan. Furthermore, because Mercedes has sealed the EQE’s hood, where an engine would normally be, you can’t store anything beneath it.
On the inside, you can upgrade to Mercedes’ dazzling Hyperscreen system, which has three built-in screens, for an additional fee. The driver has a 12.3-inch monitor, the passenger has a 12.3-inch display, and the centre has a massive 17.7-inch touchscreen.