Mercedes-Benz launches EQE SUV and performance AMG version

Mercedes-Benz flooded the newswire today, sharing several press releases regarding its EV technology. Today’s news includes more granular details regarding its upcoming EQE SUV, as well as the first images and specs of the Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV that will join it soon. There’s a LOT to reveal here, so let’s get to it.

Mercedes-Benz is still in the early stages of rollout its range of electric vehicles EQ, as is working to eventually become an all-electric luxury car brand. This transition began with the EQS sedanwhich was soon followed by the smaller EQE model.

Besides the EQC and EQB modelsMercedes teased a seven-seater EQS SUVscheduled for arrive later this year. Naturally, Mercedes followed the same production path as its hatchbacks by also introducing plans for an EQE SUV.

The public got their first glimpse of the EQE SUV’s interior last August, with Mercedes promising more details this fall. Here we are sitting in mid-October and Mercedes-Benz has delivered on its word. He didn’t share one, but three different press releases today, outlining the details of the EQE SUV and beyond. Let’s start with the standard version.

Mercedes’ EQE SUV will arrive with a range of up to 342 miles

According to his Press release today, the EQE SUV will be more compact than its sedan counterpart, but roomier inside. Mercedes-Benz expects the EQE SUV to offer similar range to the EQE sedans, estimating the WLTP at over 550 km (342 miles) for European versions.

The SUV’s chief engineer, Dr. Oliver Röcker, spoke about some of the highlights of the electric vehicle:

Our large Mercedes-EQ models are packed with so much innovation that I find it hard to distinguish the individual highlights. Even I, as a technician, am always delighted by the futuristic architecture of the interior with the MBUX hyperscreen. But, as is typical of Mercedes-Benz, we didn’t stop at that visual ‘wow effect’. With the front passenger screen’s camera-based blocking logic, we’ve added truly customer-centric technical innovation to the massive screen strip. This allows the front passenger to watch television during a journey, for example, without distracting the driver. And so I could list many other examples, large and small, of the innovations of this model family – from A for assistance systems to Z for layer zero.

The SUV’s lithium-ion battery is made up of ten modules, and its management software, developed in-house, makes it possible to over-the-air (OTA) updates to keep the energy management up to date. This press release alone is 35 pages, so we recommend that you read it at your own pace. Here we’ve highlighted some of the main specs you can expect to see. Spoiler alert: We don’t have a prize yet.

  • Available in single-engine RWD or twin-engine AWD
  • Charge capacity
  • Trunk volume (without/with seats folded down): 18.4/20.5-59.2 cubic feet
  • Length/width/height: 191.5/76.4/66.4 inches
  • Wheelbase: 119.3 inches (3.5 inches shorter than EQE sedan)
  • Plug in and charge
  • heat pump standard
  • DIGITAL LIGHT headlight technology (optional accessory)
    • Projects auxiliary markings or warning symbols onto the road

There’s plenty more to discover, but we’ll move on to the high-performance AMG version of the EQE SUV, which also made its official debut today.

Mercedes-AMG also presents the performance SUV EQS

In Mercedes second press release today he gave the public his first look at the AMG version of the EQE SUV, which will arrive with less range, but higher performance and a unique look that only the German performance unit can offer.

Although Mercedes-AMG has already developed performance versions of other EQ Series Electric Vehicles, it will be his very first SUV. The companies have taken the basic EQE SUV design described above and elevated it both inside and out. According to version:

Two powerful electric motors and a fully variable all-wheel drive form the basis of the characteristic AMG dynamic driving experience. Mercedes-AMG developers also independently designed many other parameters. These include the AMG RIDE CONTROL + air suspension with adaptive damping system, the rear axle steering and the AMG ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL – an AMG-specific roll stabilization system. Added to this is the AMG sound experience and the exterior and interior design.

On the outside, the AMG black-panel grille features hot-stamped chrome uprights, an integrated Mercedes star and “AMG” lettering. A new feature seen in the images above is the brand-specific badge on the bonnet with the AMG emblem instead of the Mercedes star – its first time present on a purely electric vehicle from Mercedes-AMG. The front also features an AMG-specific fascia, painted in body color with A-wing in gloss black and chrome trim.

Inside the SUV, the dashboard features a Space Gray MB-Tex instrument panel and beltlines with red stitching. Door center panels transition from the center console to the dashboard in black microfiber and more red stitching, accented by an AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather with a flattened bottom, perforated grip area and silver aluminum adjustment paddles . Other unique details include AMG sport pedals, AMG floor mats and illuminated door sill panels with “AMG” lettering.

The AMG version of the EQE SUV can be fitted with an optional MBUX curved Hyperscreen that extends from the A-pillar to the A-pillar, with three separate screens inside a single piece of glass. This is where future drivers will be able to choose from several different driving characteristics, using Mercedes-AMG’s AMG DYNAMIC SELECT programs:

Driving program EQE SUV output level
Sliding 50% (308 hp)
Comfort 80% (493 hp)
sport 90% (555 hp)
Sports+ 100% (617 hp)
RACE START without Boost function 100% (617 hp)
RACE START with Boost function
(included in the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package)
110% (677 hp)

Much like the original EQE SUV press release, there are tons of specs and granular descriptions of the upcoming EV inside and out, so we highly recommend checking them all out for yourself. If you’re in a hurry, here’s a pretty decent breakdown of all the relevant specs available on the AMG version.

Driving system AMG 4MATIC+ performance
fully variable all-wheel drive
Nominal power 617 / 677 with AMG
Rated torque 701 / 738 with AMG
Battery capacity (usable) 90.6kWh
Recovery capacity 260kW
AC charge rate 9.6kW
DC charge rate 170kW
Cargo capacity (seats up/down) 18.4 to 59.2 cubic feet
Curb weight / Gross vehicle weight / Max. Payload 5,930 / 7,044 / 1,113 lbs.
Towing capacity (braked / unbraked) 3,968 / 1,653 lbs.
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h 3.4 second estimate
(with AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package)
Top speed 137 mph (149 mph with
Range (WLTP) 375–470 km (provisional) /
233-292 miles

Price and availability

According to Mercedes-Benz, the standard version of the EQE SUV will go into production in December at the automaker’s US plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Batteries will be provided from its nearby facility in Bibb County, which currently also supplies EV batteries to the EQS SUV.

Based on these two factors, some versions of the EQE SUV could possibly qualify for federal tax credits under the revised terms of the recently signed Inflation Reduction Act. However, the pricing threshold for electric SUVs to qualify is $80,000 or less. We don’t yet know where this electric SUV will land with its starting MSRP, but hopefully at least some trim level of it will qualify for credits since it was built on US soil.

While we also don’t have pricing for the AMG version, we expect that US consumers opting for the performance model likely won’t qualify for federal tax credits. They can still qualify for state exemptions Nevertheless. We can, however, confirm once we get official pricing for both versions, which should be closer to the start of sales. stay tuned.

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