Mercedes-Benz EQE goes on sale

Mercedes-Benz expands electric vehicle offering

Reuben Van Niekerk
Eletric Vehicle

Mercedes-Benz have launched the second model based on their electric architecture developed specifically for electric vehicles in the form of the new EQE, which offers many of the functions of the EQS in a more compact form.

This sporty model is also the fifth model in the extensive Mercedes-EQ range and at launch will be available in two variants including the EQE 350+ offering 215kW and 565Nm as well as the EQE 43 4Matic offering 350kW and 858Nm.

Mercedes-Benz believe this business saloon cements their reputation as a manufacturer of class-leading, technologically advanced luxury vehicles in the electric vehicle segment. With a range of up to 645km, the EQE effortlessly reconciles innovation and emotion with forward thinking sustainability.

The EQS is a more streamlined vehicle, with shorter wheelbase, shorter overhangs and more recessed flanks. Flush with the outer edge of the body, the 19 to 21-inch wheels together with a pronounced muscular shoulder section, give the EQE an athletic character.

Inside story

If the optionally available MBUX Hyperscreen is fitted, the entire instrument panel is a single, ultimate widescreen where the high-resolution screens merge seamlessly under the shared glass cover that characterises the entire cockpit and interior.

In addition, the air vent band spans across the entire width in a slim fashion and combines to create the avantgarde architecture of the cockpit. The latest version of MBUX is also on board and features adaptive software while the control and display concept completely adapts to its user and makes personalised suggestions regarding infotainment, comfort and vehicle functions and with a zero-layer design the most important applications are easy to find.

The EQE 350 has an electric drivetrain on the rear axle, while the AMG model is also equipped with an eATS on the front axle. The electric motors are permanently excited synchronous motors, which offer advantages including power density, high efficiency and high-power constancy.

The EQE is fitted with a lithium-ion battery that features ten modules and has a usable energy content of 90.56 kWh. Innovative battery management software allows updates over the air which ensures the system will remain up to date throughout its lifecycle.

The sound of an AMG

With the AMG Sound Experience, the performance and sports car brand are giving a new voice to electric mobility with a soundtrack for both outside and inside that emotionally enhances the dynamic driving experience. The AMG driving sounds are generated with the help of additional hardware, including special speakers, a bass actuator and a sound generator.

Comfort comes standard

The suspension with four-link front suspension and multilink rear suspension is closely related in design to that of the current generation S-Class. As an option, the EQE is available with Airmatic air suspension with ADS adaptive damping. With the addition of the optional rear-axle steering the EQE is as manoeuvrable as a compact car in the city and the turning circle is reduced from 12.5 to 10.7 metres.

The highest level of safety

The EQE features a rigid passenger cell, special deformation zones and modern restraint systems with Pre-Safe. Being based on an all-electric architecture also opened up new design possibilities for its safety concept, allowing for refinement of factors such as the behaviour in a frontal crash due to the lack of a large crankcase.

Model range and pricing

The EQE 350+ will be available in South Africa at an estimated price of R 1 800 000 and the Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 4Matic at an estimated price of R2 200 000.