In the context of the Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz presented the EQE SUV – as “a multi-purpose variant of the EQE business sedan”. A fourth model based on the EVA II pure electric platform will also be available in the AMG sports variant from the start. We have all the data and information.
Early notice: The world premiere of the EQE SUV took place on Sunday evening in Paris, but the new e-SUV will not be shown at the Paris Motor Show from Monday. Like all German manufacturers except Next.e.GO Mobile, Mercedes has not rented a stand at the exhibition grounds. Instead, the people of Stuttgart took advantage of the fact that journalists from all over the world traveled to the French capital anyway, and Mercedes organized its event at the Rodin Museum.
About the car itself: after the electric sedans that are already known EQS and EQE along with the one launched in April EQS SUV there are few surprises with the EQE SUV. The driving technology comes from the EVA II platform shared by the four models, and the new model’s design fits perfectly into the design language of the EQE and EQS series.
Let’s take a look at what’s new: At 4.86 meters, the EQE SUV is the shortest of the four models, and at 3.03 meters the wheelbase is nine centimeters shorter than that of the EQE sedan. Since it is the highest at 1.69 meters, it should be “one of the most spacious representatives of its class” according to the Mercedes statement. Since the new model has “essential EQS design” and is at the same time more powerful (and with a drag coefficient of 0.25 also aerodynamic) than the large EQS SUV, the EQE SUV should be versatile, according to Mercedes. – without sacrificing quality and indulgence.
Rear wheel drive and four wheel drive
There are five drive versions to start with: the EQE 350+ is the only model with rear-wheel drive, there is only one permanent balancer installed on the rear axle – as in the sedan, this has an output of 215. kW and gives 565 Nm of torque. All other variants are four-wheel drives with two electric motors. The two civilian versions are called the EQE 350 4MATIC (also with 215 kW) and the EQE 500 4MATIC with an output of 300 kW known from the sedan. By the way: As soon as it comes to the engine, Mercedes does not use the abbreviation SUV in naming him.
Selection of the EQE 350+ model has already revealed that the rear-wheel drive is the version with the longest range – identified by the “+”. All variants of the EQE SUV share the familiar battery with a net energy content of 90.56 kWh. In the 350, this ensures a range of up to 590 km according to WLTP, in 500 to 547 km is still possible. However, this only applies to the most economical devices. If you order bigger rims or other features that increase power consumption, weight or air resistance, even the WLTP range drops to 459 km.
Two sports hatches are arranged above these three engines. The Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV is offered as the 43 and 53. With its two electric motors, the EQE 43 4MATIC has an output of up to 350 kW, in the EQE 53 4MATIC+ (here “+” stands for fully variable all-wheel drive) it is up to 505 kW if you use the optional “AMG Dynamic Plus package with power boost function”. Both models not only have special AMG electric motors, but also AMG air suspension with special roll stabilization and rear-axle steering, which is optional only in the EQE SUV range sold under the Mercedes-Benz brand .
If already test car and EQE sedan has shown, this rear-axle drive is highly recommended: the turning circle is reduced to 10.5 meters per ten degrees and thus to the level of a compact car. Without rear axle steering, it is almost two meters longer.
Let’s briefly return to the battery: It works with a system voltage of 400 volts and is made up of ten modules (up to twelve modules are possible in EQS). The cells use NCM811 chemistry, and Mercedes-Benz guarantees the battery for ten years or 250,000 kilometers. In Europe, charging is standard with 11 kW AC, optionally 22 kW is possible – in the USA the AC charging power is designed for 9.6 kW due to the power grid. With CCS fast charging, up to 170 kW is possible – Mercedes promises that thanks to heat management and charging, high charging currents can be maintained for a long time. The EQE SUV also has an old heat pump working for heat management. If Electric Intelligent navigation is on, the battery is heated or cooled as needed while driving.
As in other models, three payment programs are offered – Standard, Home and Work. Parameters such as departure time, air conditioning and maximum charge rate can be pre-programmed in these. Home and Work charging apps can be enabled depending on location. This means that it is automatically activated as soon as the car is parked at a charging point in the spaces reserved in the system.
While the SUV carries many familiar performance features and accessories such as a head-up screen, which is only optional on the EQE, comfort functions such as massage seats and numerous driver assistance systems, style has been given a hand in the chassis. again and create its defined voting. By the way: At 3.03 meters, Mercedes talks about a “short wheelbase” in the advertisement – which was still the standard for the S-Class a few years ago. However, since the wheelbase is actually shorter than that of the other EQE and EQS models, the basic configuration should be “particularly light and feasible”.
520 to 1,675 liters of storage space
The EQS SUV is factory-fitted with steel springs, and an adjustable air and damping suspension is available as an option. With air suspension, the car can also be raised 30 millimeters if necessary to increase ground clearance. In “Comfort” and “Sport” driving modes, on the other hand, the chassis is automatically reduced by 10 or 20 millimeters above 120 km / h to reduce air resistance and increase driving stability.
But what about the versatility that Mercedes advertises? The position in the first and second row of seats should be similar to that in a sedan – of course you sit a little higher. Especially in the back, there is more headroom, as the roof line does not decrease, but it decreases a little at the knees (due to the nine-centimeter wheelbase). If the back seats of the rear seats are in the comfort position, 520 liters fit into the trunk according to the VDA standard (ie to the lower edge of the window). With the most upright cargo position is up to 580 litres. If you fold the rear seat all the way back, the load compartment can hold up to 1,675 litres. There is no optional third row of seats – these are only available on the larger EQS SUV. Mercedes has also provided a frunk under the front hood on this platform, where the large HEPA filter for the air conditioning system is located.
Another difference for the EQS SUV is the towing capacity: Since the larger model is only available with all-wheel drive, all versions offer a towing capacity of 1.8 tonnes. For the EQE SUV, the 350+ with rear-wheel drive falls through the cracks – it weighs only 750 kg, but all-wheel drive models also weigh 1.8 tons.
Mercedes-Benz has not yet announced prices for the new model at the premiere. Series production of the vehicles is scheduled to begin in December, with the EQE SUV being built alongside the EQS SUV at the US plant in Tuscaloosa for global markets. The mass production of the model started at the end of August.