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2023 Mercedes Benz EQE SUV, All you want to know & watch about a Great Car

 

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV First Look: Getting the EV EQuation Right

The larger EQS SUV can’t match this smaller Mercedes-EQ model’s looks.

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Mercedes Benz has already introduced us to the pinnacle of its new EQ world of electrified products with the top-end EQS sedan and SUV, which are controversial looking but also chock full of technology and opulence. But with six-figure price tags and huge footprints, both EQS models aren’t exactly brimming with broad appeal.

To expand to a lower rung of the upper crust’s ladder, Mercedes is introducing the EQE-Class lineup, which started with the 2023 EQE sedan and gains momentum with the addition of the five-passenger 2023 Mercedes-EQ EQE SUV. Like the conventional E-Class, the EQE is a midsize, more affordable option that still delivers the luxury, performance, and latest tech Benz customers expect.

Not surprisingly, the EQE SUV looks like a smaller replica of the EQS SUV. While the downsizing of the sedan has been criticized for taking the EQS’s blob-ish proportions and making them worse, the opposite is true of the SUV. The larger model’s windswept proportions suit the smaller EQE better, leaving it looking more like a normal SUV and less bulbous.

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A Scaled-Down EQS

The EQE SUV’s wheelbase is 7.1 inches shorter than the EQS SUV, with significantly shorter front and rear overhangs beyond each axle. It also is slightly shorter in length than the EQE sedan.

As we already mentioned, the SUV also looks better than the EQE sedan; being 7.5 inches taller helps the roofline, and blacking out the roof and rear spoiler make the vehicle look sleeker in profile without physically lowering the roof—maintaining head room and cargo space. There is an available AMG-Line appearance package for those who don’t want to go full performance with the 2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV which will be the first AMG electric SUV.

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Three U.S. Versions Coming

This is a global vehicle, but here in the U.S. we will get the 288-hp, 417-lb-ft EQE 350+ with a single motor in the rear; the 288-hp, 564-lb-ft EQE 350 4Matic with dual motors for AWD; and the more powerful EQE 500 4Matic with 536-hp, 633-lb-ft dual motors.

The SUV has the same 90.6-kWh battery as the sedan, with pouch cells packaged into 10 modules. Range is estimated at 342 miles on the optimistic European WLTP cycle, so the eventual EPA figures will be lower. A new heat pump in the HVAC system draws less energy from the battery when managing cabin temperature, increasing range.

Like the rest of the EQ family, great effort went into aerodynamics. The engineers targeted a 0.26 coefficient of drag, and so the EQE boasts a fully enclosed underbody and mirrors mounted on the doors to improve aerodynamics and reduce wind noise.

The EQE comes with a steel spring suspension standard, and air suspension is optional, as is rear steering which can turn the rear wheels up to 10 degrees. The 4Matic AWD models get a front axle disconnect system, given the more-efficient permanent magnet motors that create drag when they’re not in use. All U.S. models will ride on 21-inch wheels.

There is no frunk—all the Mercedes-EQ models use the space vacated by the engine to house HEPA filters instead, and the hood is fixed shut.

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Inside, the EQE is a scale model of the larger EQS, albeit with no third row seat. The EQ-signature (and massive) Hyperscreen is optional and owners can personalize the passenger-side screen with as many as three  personal photos from the Mercedes Me app to use as screen savers. The vehicle has the latest MBUX multimedia system with navigation. Standard screens include a 12.8-inch center touchscreen and 12.3-inch instrument cluster in front of the driver.

The MB-Tex vegan leather interior is standard, but buyers can opt for Nappa leather. Other recycled and sustainable materials are used throughout the cabin. Massaging seats are an option.

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Dolby Sound

The sound system will make your chest vibrate. The EQE SUV is the first vehicle to be certified by Dolby to use Dolby Atmos 4D 360-degree sound which requires Atmos-enabled sound files and creates an experience similar to being in a movie theater. Atmos comes with the optional 15-speaker Burmester stereo upgrade. Another addition: Apple Music with Spatial Audio will come fully integrated into the MBUX infotainment system—making the immersive music experience available on a non-Apple device for the first time.

Like the EQ models to date, there is a choice of soundscapes: Silver Waves, Vivid Flux, Roaring Pulse, and a new addition: Serene Breeze, all of which come through the cabin via the Burmester sound system.

In a further evolution of the puddle lamp, the field of three-pointed stars projected on the ground actually twinkle.

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Gotta Have Tech

SUVs should be able to leave the pavement, or at least look like they can, to capture buyers’ imaginations. The EQE has an off-road mode like the one in the EQS SUV, which we’ve found is quite capable, especially when paired with the air suspension and rear steering to navigate tight trail turns.

There is a large menu of optional driver assistance systems to help control, speed, braking, steering, lane changes and parking.

The EQE SUV will join the EQS SUV on the assembly line in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with batteries sourced from the new plant next door. The EQS SUV is launching in March and pricing will be announced closer to the sale date.

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Mercedes EQE Electric SUV Is a Classy New Choice for Luxury-EV Buyers—and There’ll Be an AMG Version

 

The new Mercedes wears several hats: an electric alternative to the GLE, smaller than the EQS SUV, and more spacious than the EQE sedan. The higher-performance AMG version is coming in 2024.

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  • Mercedes-Benz has revealed its answer to the Audi e-tron and BMW iX.
  • The EQE SUV range will initially include three models, and an AMG model will launch in 2024.
  • Built in Alabama, the EQE SUV will arrive in showrooms in 2023.

Unveiled ahead of the 2022 Paris auto show, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV expands the German company’s presence in the fast-growing luxury EV segment. It’s characterized by a futuristic-looking exterior design and an interior brimming with tech features, and it will launch with three powertrains. Looking ahead, the EQE SUV will also spawn Mercedes-AMG’s first high-riding electric model.

Much as the EQE is an electric alternative to the E-class, the EQE SUV lands as the GLE’s battery-powered counterpart. It measures 191.5 inches long, 76.4 inches wide, and 66.4 inches tall, slightly shorter and lower than its gasoline-burning sibling. Its weight hasn’t been published yet.

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Visually, the EQE SUV shares key styling cues including short overhangs, a long wheelbase, and a fluid overall design with the EQS SUV, from which it borrows its platform. It’s instantly recognizable as one of Mercedes-Benz’s electric cars. Many of the finer design details are EQS-like as well, including a black panel where you’d find a grille on a gasoline-powered SUV and an LED light bar that stretches across the rear end.

While buyers can configure the GLE with seven seats, the EQE SUV is only available as a five-seater. It offers 18.4 cubic feet of trunk space with both rows of seats left up and 59.2 cubic feet with the rear bench folded flat. Mercedes-Benz claims it focused primarily on comfort when designing the seats.

The dashboard mirrors the EQE sedan’s with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen for the familiar MBUX infotainment system, which includes a navigation software that takes charging stops and the driving style into account when calculating the fastest way to a given destination.

Over-the-air technology promises to let owners configure an à la carte EQE SUV while allowing Mercedes-Benz to earn additional revenue. Motorists will have the option of paying to activate various features after taking delivery via the Mercedes Me store.

For example, the Individualization Package that Mercedes-Benz can beam to the infotainment system adds a soundscape named Roaring Pulse, a selection of mini-games, additional coming-home and leaving-home animations, and an intriguing Romance Mode. The company will expand its digital aisle of post-delivery options in the coming years.

At launch, buyers will have three EQE SUV flavors to choose from: 350+, 350 4Matic, and 500 4Matic. The base 350+ has a single electric motor that zaps the rear wheels with 288 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. Selecting the 350 4Matic adds a motor to the front axle and increases torque to 564 pound-feet, though horsepower stays flat, while the range-topping 500 4Matic offers a dual-motor system rated at 536 horsepower and 633 pound-feet of torque. Hitting 60 mph from a stop takes 6.3, 6.2, and 4.6 seconds, respectively, according to Mercedes, while top speed is pegged at 130 mph regardless of the variant.

Every EQE SUV is built on a 90.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Mercedes-Benz expects the SUV will earn a driving range rating of about 342 miles when tested using the WLTP cycle used in Europe, which tends to lean towards the optimistic side of the scale, and the EPA hasn’t put the model through its paces yet. Charging from 10 to 80 percent takes approximately 32 minutes when using a 170-kW quick charger, and the drivetrain can charge itself to an extent thanks to three levels of brake energy recuperation.

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Mercedes-Benz designed the EQE SUV as more of a soft-roader than a Moab-conquering off-roader, but all-wheel-drive models offer a driving profile labeled “Off-Road,” and the optional air suspension system lets the driver add about an inch of ground clearance at the push of a button. The list of options also includes a rear-axle steering system that turns the wheels up to 10 degrees for better maneuverability.

Built in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV will reach dealers nationwide in 2023. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but the model will have the BMW iX, the Audi e-tron, and the Polestar 3 in its crosshairs, so it’s not unreasonable to assume its base price will lie in the vicinity of $80,000.

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AMG’s First Electric SUV

Mercedes-Benz has already announced plans to expand the EQE SUV range. The model will morph into Mercedes-AMG’s first electric SUV for the 2024 model year by adopting a sportier exterior design, a number of interior changes, and a dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain available in two states of tune.

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The familiar Panamericana grille ensures you don’t need to be a seasoned car spotter to tell the AMG model apart from the Mercedes-Benz-branded version. Designers also added body-colored trim on the wheel arches and created specific 21- and 22-inch wheel designs, but there is a much smaller degree of differentiation between the two EQE SUVs than between the regular GLE and its AMG counterpart.

Upholstered in MB-Tex or leather, the interior has a markedly sportier flavor characterized by an AMG Performance steering wheel with paddles used to select one of three brake energy recuperation levels, bright pedals, plus AMG-specific graphics in the digital instrument cluster and the touchscreen-based infotainment system. The AMG EQE SUV receives the same basic MBUX software as the standard EQE, but it’s optionally offered with the giant Hyperscreen setup that stretches across the entire dashboard.

While AMG’s variant of the EQE SUV uses the same 90.6-kWh battery as the standard models, it posts a sub-four-second sprint from zero to 60 mph thanks to a pair of motors rated at 617 horsepower and 701 pound-feet of torque. If that’s not enough, buyers can order an optional AMG Dynamic Plus Package that increases those figures to 677 and 738, respectively.

The powertrain remains compatible with 170-kW fast-charging, though Mercedes-AMG hasn’t released a range estimate for the American market. AMG also argues going electric doesn’t mean the end of triple-digit autobahn runs: the EQE SUV maxes out at 137 mph in its standard configuration and reaches 149 mph with the AMG Dynamic Plus Package.

The through-the-road all-wheel-drive system’s torque split varies depending on the driving style, road conditions, and the driving mode selected. AMG notes the drivetrain becomes rear-biased in “Sport” and “Sport+” and configures itself for maximum efficiency when the driver selects the “Comfort” mode.

Beyond the drivetrain, AMG ensured the EQE SUV is worthy of its logo by adding a firmer suspension system, active roll stabilization technology instead of anti-roll bars, and six-piston front brake calipers. It also made a rear-wheel-steering system that turns the back wheels by up to nine degrees standard.

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Overview

With a smooth, rounded appearance the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE electric SUV doesn’t look like other modern crossovers, most of which pump themselves up with rugged design cues. Instead, the EQE SUV leans on its aerodynamics to help maximize its driving range, which is expected to come in at around 300 miles per charge. The EQE350 SUV comes with a 288-hp electric powertrain while the EQE500 is more performance-oriented, with 536 horsepower on tap.

The EQE SUV will join a flood of new electric SUVs when it hits the market in early 2023; rivals include fresh faces such as the Cadillac Lyriq and the Polestar 3 as well as Tesla’s well-known Model Y. The EQE SUVs will attempt to wow with technology features, including a dashboard full of digital screens and options such as rear-wheel steering and biometric driver authentication.

What’s New for 2023?

Mercedes-Benz is filling its lineup with EQ-branded electric vehicles, and the EQE SUV is the latest one. It shares its platform, styling cues, and interior features with the EQE sedan but it comes with the high-riding seating position that so many American drivers prefer.

 

Pricing and Which One to Buy

EQE350+
$80,000 (est)
EQE350 4Matic
$85,000 (est)
EQE500 4Matic
$95,000 (est)

We’d stick with the entry-level EQE350+ as it’s expected to be the one with the longest driving range—and more miles equals less range anxiety. Its performance should be similar to the all-wheel drive EQE350 4Matic’s since they both make the same horsepower. Mercedes equips all models with a generous list of standard equipment; even this base model comes with a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels, interior ambient lighting, a Burmester stereo system with Dolby Atmos tuning, and an array of driver-assistance features.

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EV Motor, Power, and Performance

The entry-level EQE350+ comes with a single 288 horsepower motor that drives the rear axle; the all-wheel drive EQE350 4Matic adds a second motor to provide traction for the front axle but the total horsepower output is still 288. As a result, both variants are said to provide similar performance, with the rear-wheel drive hitting 60 mph in a claimed 6.3 seconds and the all-wheel drive getting there in 6.2. Upgrading to the EQE500 bumps combined output of the two electric motors way up, to 536 ponies.

That’s enough to propel the EQE500 SUV to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds according to Mercedes-Benz. An adjustable air suspension is optional and can raise the EQE SUV by an inch for greater ground clearance; a rear-axle steering system is also available and can swing the rear wheels up to ten degrees in either direction to aid maneuverability and handling. When we get a chance to test the EQE SUV ourselves, we’ll update this story with driving impressions and test results.

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Range, Charging, and Battery Life

The EQE SUV comes with a 90.6-kWh battery pack, which should provide a driving range of about 300 miles in the most efficient rear-wheel drive EQE350+ model. When hooked up to a DC fast charging station, Mercedes-Benz says the battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in about 32 minutes.

 

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

The EPA hasn’t released fuel economy estimates yet for the EQE SUV, but we’re expecting it to be slightly less efficient than the EQE sedan and on par with other similarly-sized EV SUVs such as the Jaguar I-Pace and the Polestar 3. When we get a chance, we’ll take the EQE SUV on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route and update this story with real-world results. For more information about the EQE SUV’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

 

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Like the other EQ models, the EQE SUV’s cabin looks open and airy with enough passenger space for adults to comfortably sit in both the front and rear seats. All models are five-seaters as there is no third-row option here. Base models get a faux-leather upholstery that does a good imitation of the real thing, but genuine hides are available as an option.

The front seats come standard with heat, and the entire cabin is lit by contoured ambient lighting strips cleverly integrated into the design. A large panoramic sunroof is standard but those seeking the utmost in luxury may want to consider adding optional features such as front massaging seats, the four-zone automatic climate control system, and the onboard air purifier.

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Infotainment and Connectivity

A large 12.8-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard and runs Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX software interface, which can also recognize voice commands. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard features, and all models also come with a wireless smartphone charging pad and a Burmester stereo system.

A secondary 12.3-inch display serves as a digital instrument panel, and a head-up display is available that can project driving directions via Mercedes’ augmented-reality navigation system in such a way that it makes them appear like they’re on the road ahead of you.

 

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

All models come with basic driver-assistance features as standard, including automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist, but Mercedes requires the addition of the optional Driver Assistance package to unlock more advanced tech such as an adaptive cruise control system with a lane-centering feature.

For more information about the EQE SUV’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control with a lane-centering feature

 

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Mercedes warranty coverages for its current production models that align with most rival luxury automakers. However, unlike BMW and Jaguar, the company doesn’t provide any complimentary maintenance.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Electrical components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance.

 

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