Mercedes EQE SUV (2023): How efficient is the electric SUV?

Mercedes EQE SUV (2023): How efficient is the electric SUV?

Mercedes has presented its first electric SUV in the upper middle class: the new EQE SUV takes the technical finesse of the EQE sedan. And also their effectiveness? All information about the range, performance and power version of AMG.

  • Well charged: Great battery for long range, fast DC charging

  • Optional: cinema interior and rear axle steering

  • AMG version with 687 hp

In Stuttgart, too, all signs point to electric: Mercedes wants to have one by the end of the decade. various electrical products switch, and Daimler already has a larger selection of electric models than, for example, its long-time competitor. bmw. With the new EQE SUV, Mercedes now also takes on the upper middle class. The new hatch is not inferior to the EQE sedan in terms of comfort, but it has a few ideas on board to enjoy more efficiency out of the car.

Mercedes EQE SUV: Efficient battery and high performance

The EQE SUV retains the rounded and sleek design of the EQE sedan, but is 12 centimeters shorter. ©Mercedes

After the EQS, EQE and EQS SUV, the EQE SUV is the fourth Mercedes model built on the same platform. The SUV version also uses the same 90.6 kWh battery as the EQE sedan. This also ensures the same performance of the engines, which are divided between the front and rear axles: 215 kW/ 292 hp with rear-wheel drive EQE 350+ and all-wheel drive EQE 350 4Matic or 300 kW/ 408 hp with EQE 500 4Matic.

However, the consumption of the SUV is higher than that of the sedan, which still achieved strong values ​​in the ADAC test. This is especially true due to the high weight: use of the EQE 350+ it should be between 18.5 kWh and 22.5 kWh per 100 km. In comparison: Audi e-tron consumes 21.9 kW/100 km, so both models are the same. However, on the one hand, the spread of utility values ​​specified by Mercedes is very high. And how the values ​​turn out in practice remains to be seen. A different picture often emerges, especially with e-cars.

A lot of work has been done to make most of the EQE SUV better. The new wheel spoiler improves aerodynamics, and with the “Airmatic” function, which is available at an additional cost, the car can be reduced to high speed by pressing a button. Then the car is lowered 20 millimeters closer to the road, which reduces air resistance in general. Also improved: The heat pump uses waste heat from the electric vehicle and battery to heat the interior. This saves electricity for the air conditioner and is available on the range.

Mercedes EQE SUV: Long range and 170 kW charging

With two available all-wheel drive versions, cornering can sometimes be quicker ©Mercedes

And that is something to be proud of. Although the SUV doesn’t come close to the good values ​​of the sedan – the all-wheel-drive version EQE 350 comes up to 580 kilometers – a comparable version of the all-wheel-drive SUV should do the same on a single battery charge. it can still drive 459 to 558 km. Even if this range is very large again, the lowest value will be higher than the 338 km promised by the e-tron. The EQE SUV therefore reaches the values ​​of the Genesis Electrified GV70 (455 km), which is one class below.

That’s on fast charging stations It charges with 170 kW possible, also good value. The 220 km range should be able to be recharged in just 15 minutes. In standard charging stations, 22 kW is possible for additional charging, otherwise you have to be satisfied with an average of 11 kW. Actions: when the navigation system is activated, the car pre-heats the battery to the appropriate temperature before arriving at the charging destination, so that the full charging capacity can be used.

For the Mercedes EQE SUV, there are many items that are available at an additional cost

Hyperscreen, which is available for an additional charge, ensures a display width of 141 cm ©Mercedes

In order to meet the high demands of customers, Mercedes fully relies on multimedia in the cockpit. The so-called hyperscreen connects three screens to each other and creates a 141 cm widescreen tape. And the front passenger also gets his own 12.3-inch display, on which he can play Sudoku or watch movies. And even when excited, the driver is unlikely to be distracted: the car detects when the view from the driver’s seat falls on the display on the right and automatically dims the screen.

This cinematic experience exists but only at an additional cost, such as rear axle steering, which reduces the SUV’s wheelbase from 12.3 meters to 10.5 meters. The EQE SUV is 12 centimeters shorter than the EQE, but the trunk has 100 liters more space. Thanks to the additional steering of the rear axle (extra charge), the EQE SUV should be as easy as a smaller car.

Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV: 687 hp have their price

Mercedes EQE SUV: the side flare has become a little deeper and the roof is 18 cm higher ©Mercedes

Like and limousine An AMG sports companion is also offered for the EQE SUV. It is The first electric SUV from Mercedes-AMG and, as always, they deliver high levels of performance: the AMG EQE 43 gets 350 kW/476 hp, the AMG EQE 53 even 505kW/687 hp. Both come as standard all wheels and rear axle steering, the EQE 53 also has a boost function that can be activated laterally, which the SUV in 3.5 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h should bring. An almost amazing value, especially considering the weight of 2.7 tons.

It is not surprising that this data also affects the use and range. This is in version 53 only for 375 to 470 km. It is at least questionable whether this adjustment to engine performance can be reconciled with ecological changes in the industry and Mercedes’ electric strategy in particular.

Mercedes EQE SUV Market launch and pricing

Daimler has yet to announce any pricing details. In terms of the price of the EQE sedan, however, one can assume a price of around 75,000 euros, and the market launch is planned for mid-2023.

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