By Otsile Kadiege
A few months after revealing the luxury liner EQS, Mercedes-EQ unveiled their all-electric EQE which made its debut at this year’s IAA event. The three-pointed star automaker promises a luxurious business class sedan with cutting-edge technology, impressive performance and exceptional electric range and efficiency.
The new Mercedes-Benz EQE is strikingly similar to the uber luxurious EQS. However, the EQE looks a touch sportier thanks to faux air inlets, striking standard LED High Performance headlamps and a continuous light band with LED lamps in 3D helix design. The EQE has a more streamlined design with a slightly shorter wheelbase, shorter overhangs and more recessed flanks. The EQE comes standard with 19-inch wheels and optional 20 and 21-inch wheels.
In the outer dimensions, the EQE is comparable to the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The EQE is 4,946 mm long, 1,961 mm wide and 1,512 mm high.
Interior design and technology
Inside, the new EQE also shares much of the EQS’ design and technology like the standard comfort seats and a cockpit with the optional MBUX Hyperscreen which includes three displays (12.3-inch drivers display, 17.7-inch central display and a 12.3-inch front passenger display). Customers who opt for the AMG-Line package will get sports seats as standard.
Mercedes-Benz has undertaken numerous measures like the highly effective spring/mass to achieve high levels of NVH.
Powering the EQE 350 is a 90.6 kWh battery pack with 10 modules and 215 kilowatt electric motor on the rear axle making 215 kW and 530 Nm. Power is sent to the rear-wheels or all-wheels via the automaker’s optional 4Matic AWD system. Mercedes-Benz claims a range of 660 km (WLTP).
As standard, the new EQE is equipped with a four-link front suspension and a multilink rear suspension. Customers can opt for the AIRMATIC air suspension for improved ride comfort. Another option available for the EQE is the rear axle steering which is said to improve maneuverability.
Driver assistance systems and safety features
The new EQE is available with a host of standard and optional driver systems like active steering assist, traffic sign assist, active lane keep assist, active emergency stop assist and evasive steering assist to list a few.
A range of Mercedes-EQ vehicles including the EQS are earmarked for local introduction next year and we hope Mercedes-Benz South Africa will include the EQE in their local lineup of fully-electric vehicles.
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