Tue. Nov 29th, 2022

In the wake of the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS 2023 SUV that just went on sale, Mercedes has revealed a smaller, more dynamic alternative in the form of the EQE 2023 SUV.

The EQE SUV will go on sale in 2023 as a 2023 model. An AMG-powered EQE SUV was revealed on Sunday alongside the regular model and it is confirmed that it will arrive as a 2024 model, although it has not been announced whether it will also be available next year. .

The EQE SUV will be available in the 350+, 350 4Matic and 500 4Matic versions in the US and finally also in the AMG version.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

Pricing information will be announced closer to next year’s market launch.

While the EQS SUV caters to the full-size segment and is expected to appeal to large families thanks to its third-row seats, the EQE SUV caters to more traditional buyers with its mid-size stature and two rows of seats. The length is 191.6 inches, which makes the EQE SUV about 7.0 inches shorter than a Tesla Model X, but its 119.3-inch wheelbase is almost 3.0 inches longer than the Tesla, with resulting in generous space. Legroom in the rear is a spacious 40.5 inches.

As the name suggests, the EQE SUV is the high-end counterpart to the EQE sedan which will also arrive for 2023. Both use Mercedes’ EVA modular EV platform which is also present in the EQS hatch and EQS SUV. In the EQE SUV, the platform supports a 90.6 kWh battery that can be charged from 10-80% capacity in about 32 minutes using a DC fast charger. Mercedes has not provided a quote for the range.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

The 350+ grade will come with a single engine in the rear that will generate a peak of 288hp. The Grade 350 4Matic will come with a four-wheel drive powertrain, rated the same 288hp as the 350+ but with more torque. The 500 4Matic will also have a four-wheel drive powertrain, this time with 536 hp.

Buyers looking for maximum performance will want to wait for the AMG EQE SUV. It will offer 617hp as standard from a twin-engine all-wheel drive and 677hp when equipped with an available Dynamic Plus package. With the package equipped, the AMG EQE SUV will rush to 60 mph from a standstill in around 3.4 seconds. Top speed as standard will be 137 mph and 149 mph with the Dynamic Plus package.

When it comes to handling, the EQE SUV comes with air suspension as standard. Adaptive dampers and all-wheel steering are available and worth it for buyers who like a brisk ride from time to time. The AMG EQE SUV gets the stock batch and adds active roll stabilization, along with an AMG-specific tuning for the air suspension. The AMG also boasts a powerful brake package consisting of six-piston calipers with 16.3-inch discs at the front and single-piston calipers with 14.9-inch discs at the rear. For those who need it, even larger carbon-ceramic rotors are available.

2024 Mercedes-Benz AMG EQE SUV

2024 Mercedes-Benz AMG EQE SUV

2024 Mercedes-Benz AMG EQE SUV

2024 Mercedes-Benz AMG EQE SUV

2024 Mercedes-Benz AMG EQE SUV

2024 Mercedes-Benz AMG EQE SUV

The exterior of the EQE SUV follows the familiar, streamlined style that Mercedes has introduced into its EQ electric vehicle range. The look is somewhat harmless, although for some buyers it might be an advantage. Buyers looking for a vehicle that stands out in this segment will want to inspect the BMW iX or Cadillac Lyriq.

The design of the AMG EQE SUV looks almost identical to the regular version, except for the vertical stripes in the pseudo grille and the larger wheels (standard 19-inch rims on the regular model and 21 on the AMG) and brakes. A new design detail for Mercedes is the application of an AMG badge on the hood instead of the traditional Mercedes star. The star still sits on the grille and tailgate, though.

The interior of the EQE SUV matches the EQE sedan, and is also very close to the interior of the EQS and EQS SUV. Up front is Mercedes’ full digital dashboard, known as Hyperscreen, which is an available feature. Here, a series of digital screens are housed under a single glass cover. The standard configuration is a more conventional design with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a separate 12.8-inch screen for infotainment. In both cases the infotainment is Mercedes’ MBUX system.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

AMG adds reinforced seats to hug you better during fast cornering. There are also AMG logos throughout the cabin, along with contrasting stitching, an illuminated sports steering wheel and door sills with “AMG” lettering. An AMG-specific sound also radiates into the passenger compartment, with the intensity changing depending on the driving mode selected.

Production of the EQE SUV will be handled at the Mercedes plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where the EQS SUV is built.

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