By Otsile Kadiege
Mercedes-AMG got their hands on the new and fully-electric Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV. The potent electric SUV will be available in two model derivatives, namely the EQE43 4Matic and EQE53 4Matic+ which boasts significantly more power and torque and sports AMG-specific interior and exterior styling as well as numerous other bits and bobs.
AMG electric performance
Straight off the bat, the new EQE43 4Matic and EQE53 4Matic+ are powered by an electric powertrain (eATS) with a motor at the front and rear axle offering fully variable all-wheel drive, which is said to optimally transmit the drive power to the road in all driving conditions. The power spectrum ranges from 350 kW in the EQE43 4Matic to 505 kW in the EQE53 4Matic+ with optional AMG DYNAMIC PLUS Package with Boost function. The maximum torque ranges from 858 to 1000 Nm.
Mercedes-AMG claims the EQE43 4Matic sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 210 km/h. It also has a claimed 431–488 km electric driving range and a combined power consumption (WLTP) of 25.1–22.0 kWh/100 km. With the AMG Dynamic Plus package the top shelve EQE53 4Matic+ will sprint from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and has a 240 km/h top speed. It has a claimed electric driving range of up to 470 km and will consume 27.8–22.6 kWh/100 km (WLTP).
The potent 4Matic and 4Matic+ duo are fitted with fully variable all-wheel drive system, AMG Ride Control+ suspension with Adaptive Damping System, active rear-axle steering up to 9.0 degrees and AMG high-performance brake system with six-piston brake callipers and 415×33 millimetre brake discs at the front and single-piston brake callipers and 378×22 millimetre brake discs at the rear. Optionally available are AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system using larger brake discs measuring 440×40 millimeters at the front.
AMG exterior styling
The high-performance EQE SUV duo feature AMG-specific exterior styling to help set themselves apart from the rest of the crop. These include the AMG-specific black panel radiator grille with hot-stamped vertical struts in chrome, integrated Mercedes star and “AMG” lettering. A new feature is the brand-specific badge on the bonnet with the AMG emblem instead of the Mercedes star – adorning a purely electric vehicle from Mercedes-AMG for the first time. Another front-end feature is the AMG-specific front apron, painted in the body colour with A-wing in high-gloss black and a chrome trim. The same look characterises the front splitter in high-gloss black with chrome trim and flics and fins on the simulated air inlets. The air diffusers in high-gloss black on the left and right allow the Air Curtain effect, which guides the air around the front wheels in a streamlined manner. The standard Digital Light headlamps feature a specific AMG projection when opening and closing the vehicle.
In the side view, AMG-specific wheel arch claddings in the body colour and the seamlessly integrated, fully recessed door handles add visual accents. Added to this are aerodynamically optimised 21 or 22-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. The rear apron in the body colour with aerodynamically optimised diffuser and longitudinal fins as well as the tail lights in a helix design round off the dynamic appearance.
AMG interior styling and tech
The interior is also dominated by style-defining AMG features. Here, the new models offer a sporty ambience including seats with individual graphics and special seat covers in Artico man-made leather with Microcut microfibre and red topstitching. Alternatively, seat upholstery in nappa leather is optionally available, also with AMG-specific seat graphics. In addition, the AMG badge on the backrests of the front seats and the embossed AMG emblems in the front headrests emphasise the brand identity.
Other highlights include AMG Performance steering wheel with its striking twin-spoke design, optional Hyperscreen with AMG-specific functions.
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