Mercedes is sustaining its electrification push with a new EQ model

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The company’s third member of the EQ family after the EQC SUV and EQS sedan is slated to also debut as a sedan in late 2021 or early 2022. This is everything we know about the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQE electric car.

Exterior

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQE Exterior Spyshots
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There is not much wiggle room for speculation in this department since we do not even know what the EQS will look like, let alone the EQE. Recent spy photos suggest that the EQE is going to be mid-size sedan slightly smaller than the EQS and a tad shorter than the current Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Knowing Mercedes-Benz’s knack for sleek-looking cars, the EQE will probably display eye-pleasing exterior styling cues with a particular focus on aerodynamics and a low drag coefficient. Blue or bluish accents might find a home on several areas around the car’s body work along with some unique paint options. Aero wheels are also highly likely to be offered.

Interior

This Is Probably Everything You Need to Know About the Interior of the Mercedes EQS
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It would not come as a surprise if Mercedes-Benz decided to drop the MBUX Hyperscreen multimedia setup inside the EQE. It is well documented that Stuttgart (along with other fellow manufacturers) like to introduce new technology on its flagship models (usually the S-Class, in the EQ range’s case the EQS) only to trickle it down the range as it churns out more cars. That is why the EQE is a solid candidate to receive the Hyperscreen.

Special attention will also be paid to the luxury element, of course. This includes neat design, plush materials, together with the compulsory EV-specific touches here and there. Tech-wise, other than the possible inclusion of the Hyperscreen, we expect features such as a head-up display, wireless charging, haptic buttons, voice command, and ambient lights. A long list of safety features is also a certainty and possibly Level 3 autonomous capabilities.

Drivetrain

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQE Exterior Spyshots
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Underpinning the EQE will be the same platform that embraces the EQS from below. The EQS, unlike the EQC, is developed on a dedicated architecture (namely, MEA), and this is probably the route Mercedes-Benz will take with the EQE.

If that is the case, then the EQE will ride on a skateboard frame designed with a flat floor structure that makes heavy use of aluminum to keep the car’s skeleton light and flexible.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQE Exterior Spyshots
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On the power front, we expect two electric motors (one powering each axle) for all-wheel-drive abilities and the same 93.2-kWh battery pack found in the EQC. Number-wise, the EQE could get at least 400 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque, with 0-60 mph taking less than five seconds.

It is hard to put a finger on range, but anything above 300 miles should be doable. Both Mercedes’ and EPA’s estimates should clear the air when they arrive. Charging the battery from 10-percent to 80-percent should not take longer than 40 minutes or so at a DC fast-charging station. Charging at home with the 7.4-kWh onboard charger from 10-percent to full battery might, however, take as much as 10 hours.

Battery 93.2-kWh
Horsepower (est.) 400 HP
Torque 560 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 5 seconds
Range 300 miles

Prices

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQE Exterior Spyshots
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As per Motor1 citing Automotive News, the EQE will debut at the 2021 IAA in Munich, formerly held in Frankfurt. We are, however, considering an all-online debut or even a hybrid unveil given the current coronavirus situation.

If everything goes according to plan, the EQE will enter production at Mercedes-Benz’s facility in Bremen first, with assembly expansion to Beijing, China being a possibility – for the local market only.

Obviously, it is way too early to talk turkey, but if you are absolutely dying for an educated guess, we believe that the EQE might start at $65,000-$70,000.

Competition

Tesla Model S

2017 Tesla Model S Exterior
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Once it debuts, the EQE will have its sights set on the Model S. While Tesla’s sedan will not probably match the EQE’s classy interior, it is going to be a tough nut to crack in terms of range and performance. The Plaid Model S has a max range of 390 miles and can go from zero to 60 mph in 1.99 seconds. Its e-motors produce 1,020 horsepower, which is something the EQE will not be able to touch.

Moreover, the Long Range Model S can go for 412 miles on a single full charge, and it starts at $79,990. The Plaid and Plaid+ demand a starting sticker of $119,990 and $139,990, respectively, without considering potential incentives and gas savings.

Read our full review on the Tesla Model S

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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