Absent from the Mondial, but there anyway! Our friends at Mercedes show us the brand’s new electric SUV in Paris. This is the Mercedes EQE SUV.
It is at the Musée Rodin that the manufacturer welcomes us, on the sidelines of the Mondial de l’Auto. Not being able to exhibit at the show, Mercedes took the opportunity to hold their own small event in Paris. The opportunity to show us its entire electric range, but also and above all to reveal the Mercedes EQE SUV. Extra AMG version.
The Mercedes EQE SUV on the side of the look: missing link
Between an essential EQC SUV and a luxury EQS SUV, the only thing missing was him. Unsurprisingly, the Mercedes EQE SUV is the missing link within the EQ range. In a nutshell, it takes up the technical base and appearance of the EQE sedan, in an elevated “all-road” version. Enough to make it a stripped-down EQS SUV, with its flowing lines matching the rest of the range. Nothing new in terms of style: black panel at the front, LED strip at the back, flush handles, nothing sticks out. The body has optimized aerodynamics (Cd of 0.25). Partly, in particular, thanks to the hood that extends into the windshield pillars. The EQE SUV sits on 19- to 22-inch wheels and can accommodate an optional running board. Adventurous look guaranteed? We let you be the judge.
Its dimensions: 4.86 m long, 1.94 m wide and 1.69 m high. That’s 9cm shorter, 3cm wider and 6cm taller than the EQE sedan. Let’s not forget a wheelbase of 3.03 m for the Mercedes EQE SUV, against 3.12 m for the sedan. Overall dimensions very close to another German SUV, the Audi e-tron S. Its more curved design, however, gives the EQE SUV a more imposing or even plump look. At Automobile Propre we confirm it: naturally, it is more discreet and urban than the big brother EQS SUV. For its part, an AMG version surprises us by being unveiled at the same time. Exterior changes remain understated, however, with wheels and badging essentially specific to the featured model. So it’s under the hood and in the interior where the Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV really evolves.
Hi-tech interior: 1.40m Hyperscreen!
Mercedes obeys, the driving position gives a privileged place to touch screens. Witness the impressive Hyperscreen made up of 3 screens with an almost invisible separation, for a viewing surface of 1.40 m! A state-of-the-art dashboard perfectly integrated into the premium and elegant interior that surrounds it. The Mercedes EQE SUV in front of us has a white interior with brown leather upholstery. Overall, a stylish and modern mix as the manufacturer knows how to do. All controls within reach of the driver are touch sensitive, including on the steering wheel and center console. The few moments spent on board reveal very promising rear seats. Knee room and roof protection advertise space and comfort for long journeys. The trunk evolves from 520 to 1,675 litres. Up front, the Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV plays a little sportier.
The AMG version plays the timeless card of the grey/black interior, Alcantara and carbon fiber ambience. A fairly classic sports approach, but that welcomes a new detail: the sound. In fact, the brand has dedicated long minutes to presenting the audio quality on board the EQE SUV. Mixing/sound engineer Derek Ali (MixedByAli for in-the-know music lovers) was even on hand for a surround sound demo. Dolby Atmos sound perfect for listening to music, but that also contributes to the driving experience in this case. In fact, the AMG EQE SUV is entitled to an artificial “sports” sound specially designed for its speakers. Understand by this the characteristic spatial sound of electric cars, but with a touch of character and aggressiveness. It’s far from as heady as a V8, but we appreciate the effort. Whether this will make us laugh or smile behind the wheel of the Mercedes EQE SUV remains to be seen.
Performance and autonomy: up to 590 km
Like the EQE and EQS, the Mercedes EQE SUV is based on the manufacturer’s EVA2 platform. Five engines are divided between the standard and AMG versions. EQE 350+ (215 kW, 292 PS, 565 Nm) in rear-wheel drive, EQE 350 4Matic in all-wheel drive (765 Nm). The EQE 500 4Matic steps it up a notch with 300 kW (408 hp) for 858 Nm of torque. The AMG EQE 43 4Matic+ develops 350 kW (476 hp) for 858 Nm of torque, from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds. Finally, the AMG EQE 53 4Matic+ completes the range with 505 kW (687 hp) and 950 Nm of torque. There, 0 to 100 is shot in 3.5 seconds with the AMG Dynamic Plus package. The latter brings the top speed to 240 km/h instead of 220, compared to 210 for the 43 4Matic+. Impressive accelerations in sight for AMG variants! Which makes Mercedes’ focus on the audio part rather than performance even more curious.
Especially since the AMG versions have adaptive suspensions and rear-wheel steering as standard. In any case, the five motors have a 90.6 kWh battery. This announces from 375 to 590 km of autonomy (WLTP estimate) depending on the version chosen. On the load side, it will be 11 kW as standard or 22 kW as an option. Fast charging is capped at 170 kW, allowing you to recover 220 km of range in just 15 minutes. Note that bidirectional V2G charging is on the program, but it will be reserved for the Japanese market. The Mercedes EQE SUV also features Electric Intelligence charge scheduler, which displays adaptive range in real time. The estimate of the cost of refills and downtime are at the appointment. Assembled at the Tuscaloosa factory in the United States, the Mercedes EQE SUV has not yet revealed its prices in France.
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