Mercedes-EQ has released a series of new images of the EQE, the German automaker’s latest all-electric sedan that also happens to be 30,000 euros cheaper than its big brother in Germany, the EQS.
There aren’t many novelties in terms of style in the EQE, as it’s almost a carbon copy of its big brother that debuted last year, the EQS. The most notable change is the elimination of chrome vertical grille lines, as well as a slightly shorter wheelbase. But just because there aren’t many new features doesn’t mean it’s not a great design and, in fact, some might see it as a bargain-priced version of the larger, more expensive electric equivalent of the S-Class.
What can be seen from the outside
Despite the few changes we can not deny that this is still a really striking car, adapted to new trends. From its front you can see a wide hood, with certain descending lines that pair perfectly with the optics of the car and the grille. The slogan is displayed right in the center of the black grille. The daytime running lights are linear bars that, together with the night lights, share the innovative LED technology. There are two air intakes on the sides of the bumper and a third at the central level in the lower area.
On the sides we have star-shaped alloy wheels or wheels, with an efficient brake system composed of calipers and discs on all wheels. The door locks are the same body color, while the mirror housings are combined with the black color.
Behind the car continue the brake or stop lights in LED, slogan of the manufacturer right in the center, auxiliary lights embedded in the bumper, among other details.
It is shorter than the previous one
At only 90mm shorter than the EQS, the EQE would likely fool viewers into thinking it was the most expensive model. However, despite the shorter wheelbase, the cabin is 80 mm longer than that of its petrol-equivalent E-Class sedan. The only area where the EQE fails significantly against the larger EQS is in the trunk space, which has dropped 110 liters.
Inside the car
The similarities to the EQS continue inside the vehicle with a 12.3-inch display facing the driver to display all pertinent information and a 13-inch infotainment touchscreen for everything else. A huge full-width ” Hyperscreen ” hyperscreen ” is also available as an additional cost option, with passenger-specific controls to prevent the driver from being distracted.
The mechanics of the car
The single-motor EQE 350 and dual-motor EQE 500 models will be available. The EQE 350 offers 288 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels, and can boast a driving range of 406 miles or what would be similar to about 654 kilometers of travel on the WLTP cycle thanks to a 90 kWh battery pack.
The performance-oriented EQE 500 has a combined power figure of 402 hp from its enhanced dual-engine configuration, with power being sent to all four wheels. The EQE 350 models can accelerate from 0 to a hundred kilometers per hour in 5.6 seconds, while Mercedes has not given performance or economy figures for the EQE 500.
The price of the car
In Europe, the EQS Sedan has a starting price of 103,828 euros, but the EQE has a base price of only 70,627 euros, which represents significant savings for a very similar looking vehicle. Buyers will struggle to opt for the more expensive option with EQE right there, but they will have to deal with the smaller trade-offs if they decide to save a little cash.