2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV debuts alongside Hi-Po AMG variant

2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV debuts alongside Hi-Po AMG variant

Mercedes SUVs have been popular among luxury buyers for decades, and there’s no reason that should change as the world shifts to electric vehicles. In fact, high-riders have been part of Mercedes-Benz’s electrification strategy almost from the start, as the GLC-based EQC SUV was one of the company’s first long-range electric vehicles.

As such, no one should be surprised when the automaker pulls the silk sheets off its newest electric vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV. As the name suggests, it’s a crossover variant of the EQE sedan, based on the same EVA2 architecture that underpins that model, as well as the larger EQS sedan and EQS SUV. Available in four models — the mainstream EQE 350+, 350 4Matic and 500, plus the Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV — the electric crossover will be built at the same Alabama plant as the larger EQS SUV. Coincidentally, that means the US market will be the first to welcome the sport-ute when it launches in the early months of next year.

But when it does arrive, it will have to go up against the eco-chic Tesla Model Y, the upstart BMW iX and the soon-to-be refreshed Audi E-Tron. That’s fierce competition, even for an SUV bearing the famous three-pointed star. At least the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV has the hardware to make its case.

2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Exterior front quarter
2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Exterior Rear Quarter

Adam and EVA2

It starts with the aforementioned EVA2 platform. The modular electric architecture can be scaled up and down, allowing the EQE SUV to ride on a relatively short 119.3-inch wheelbase, with an overall length of 191.5 inches. Surprisingly, the EQE sedan is longer in both measurements, although it can’t compete with the crossover’s 66.4-inch overall height. The chunky overhangs work great with the EQE SUV’s higher roofline, giving it a stocky, planted stance with the wheels in the corners.

Although the EQE SUV shares many design cues with its siblings – the gloss black grille panel and Edison bulb taillights come to mind – it looks much more conventional. The greenhouse isn’t as tapered as on the EQS SUV, and the hood line is more horizontal than the arch-shaped EQE and EQS sedans. The sides are smooth, with a subtle crease on the rear haunches replacing the bold shoulder line of the EQE sedan. Overall, the EQE SUV looks good, and its slightly more conventional styling should give it some mass-market appeal (although the drag coefficient will likely suffer).

Exterior front view of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
Exterior headlights 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV exterior taillights

Hidden in the floor is a 90.6 kilowatt-hour battery shared with the EQE sedan. Mercedes estimates the longer-range EQE SUV variant will go 550 kilometers (342 miles) per charge using the optimistic WLTP scale – expect around 300 miles for EPA ratings. That doesn’t match the sedan’s 660-kilometer WLTP rating, given the crossover’s aerodynamic sabotage height. Still, the EQE SUV will be capable of the same 170-kilowatt DC fast charge as other Mercedes-EQ products, enabling a 10-80% charge in 32 minutes. On a 240-volt home wallbox, Mercedes says a 10-100% charge occurs in 9.5 hours.

The EQE 350+ SUV will feature a single rear-mounted electric motor good for 288 horsepower and 417 lb-ft, while the all-wheel-drive EQE 350 4Matic adds a front motor to the mix, keeping the same power but bringing torque. at 564 lb-ft. The EQE 500 SUV comes standard with all-wheel drive, with more capable twin motors bringing 536 hp and 633 lb-ft to the table. Curiously, the EQE 350+ single-engine SUV and EQE 500 SUV have more power than their EQE sedan counterparts, but the same torque.

It’s hammer time

Of course, if you’re really looking for power, you’ll want the Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV. Using unique electric motors and AMG-specific inverters, the hottest crossover variant produces 617 hp and 701 lb-ft in standard form, rising to 677 hp and 737 lb-ft if the buyer selects the AMG Performance Package optional. Do it, and your EQE SUV will hit 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds, with an impressive top speed for an EV of 149 mph – expect around 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 130 l ‘AMG without the performance package.

The sportiest EQE SUV comes standard with Airmatic suspension, bolstered by Mercedes’ 48-volt active stabilizer bars that counteract body roll when cornering. The AMG EQE SUV is Mercedes’ first electric vehicle to offer this technology, and it should remedy one of our biggest dynamic complaints – even the EQS AMG sedan has a tendency to slump and wallow around tight corners. . Steel brakes with six-piston front and single-piston rear calipers are standard, although carbon composite front rotors can be added as an option if you’re one of the few people planning to take your electric SUV from 5,900 pounds on the trail.

2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV Exterior front quarter
2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV Exterior Rear Quarter

Wheels measuring 21 inches are standard, with 22s available as an option. Purpose-built Michelin Pilot Sport EV tires come with larger rolling stock, while less grippy – but more efficient – ​​tires are fitted to the base wheels. The AMG also comes with standard 9.0-degree rear steering, which provides better cornering and reduces the turning radius to a minicar of 35.8 feet.

All of that performance is wrapped up in a more aggressive, lower-to-the-ground package. The vertical strakes on the front panel resemble the grille of a gasoline-powered AMG, and the front and rear bumpers are aggressively shaped to channel wind around the car and reduce lift at high speeds. Inside, the EQE SUV benefits from better bolstered front seats and unique interior finishes, with sportier upholstery choices including leather and Alcantara. An AMG steering wheel also comes standard, including drive mode dials and near-hub mounted selectors.

2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV interior dashboard
2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Interior Front Seats
2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Interior Rear Seats

Space to spare

The interior of both the AMG and the standard EQE SUV will look familiar to anyone who has spent time in the EQE sedan. A 12.8-inch central touchscreen is standard, as is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Opting for the Hyperscreen and its full-width glass dash design replaces the center screen with a 17.7-inch unit and adds a 12.3-inch touchscreen that the passenger can use. And for the first time in an EQ product, the owner can upload their own image to use as the wallpaper when not using the displays. The AMG’s infotainment also includes performance-focused skins and additional gauge displays in standard and Hyperscreen form.

The EQE SUV is much more comfortable than its sedans, thanks in part to the upright seating position that compensates for the high, battery-laden floor. The rear seat is a particular improvement, with 1.3 inches more clearance for a total of 39.3. The bench also tilts for even more comfort. Taller, squarer rear windows are another improvement, reducing claustrophobia for everyone on board.

Interior cargo space of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
Interior cargo space of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

Cargo space, while better than the EQE sedan, still lags behind the competition. At 18.4 cubic feet with the rear seat reclined or 20.0 cubic feet with the bolt upright, the EQE SUV falls short of the Tesla Model Y (30.2 cubic feet), BMW iX (35.5 cubic feet) and of the Audi E-Tron (27.2 cubic feet). feet). Fold all the seats in the Mercedes and you’re left with 59.2 cubic feet, which is less than all but the Audi E-Tron.

Upcoming Attractions

Mercedes says it expects the first EQE SUVs to hit dealerships in the first half of next year, launching them in 350+, 350 4Matic and 500 4Matic forms. The Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV will arrive a few months later. Pricing is still in question (as it is with the EQE sedan), as are final EPA ratings. We expect it to start at around $75,000, possibly reaching $120,000 for the AMG variant.

Although its small cargo area is a concern, the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV should deliver class-leading performance, charging speed and range. Meanwhile, the AMG version is expected to offer even more speed than the Tesla Model Y Performance, BMW iX M60 and Audi E-Tron S. And both variants will have the same technologically advanced cabin and impressive fit and finish as the others. Mercedes – EQ products. That may be enough to help the three-pointed star keep its luxury SUV stronghold safe, even now that the industry has gone electric.

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