2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV debuts with the 677 hp AMG version

After a tease the inside last month, on Sunday, Mercedes’ EQ electric division finally revealed the Mercedes-Benz EQE 2023 SUV. EQB And EQS SUV in the automaker’s recursively named electric range, which also includes the EQ And EQE sedans.

Down to brass tacks, the EQE SUV re-sculpts the EQE sedan’s bean-shaped aesthetic to fit the vertical proportions of an SUV. Interestingly, the SUV takes up a smaller footprint than the sedan – it measures 191.5 inches long (1.1 inches shorter) and 76.4 inches wide (-1.2 inches narrower) – with a wheelbase of 191.5 inches (3.6 inches shorter). The EQE SUV is approximately 6.9 inches taller, measuring 66.4 inches at its highest point.

The SUV has a front fascia similar to the EQE sedan, with a large glossy black grille that complements the headlights in its winged form. At the rear, the wraparound taillights are, once again, familiar with their 3D LED elements and animated approach and departure effects. The EQE SUV also continues the Mercedes-EQ tradition of the inconvenient washer fluid flap on the front side panel, necessitated by the sealed engine compartment that can only be opened by a technician. The silhouette of the two-box SUV should free up headroom for second-row passengers and increase cargo capacity to 18.4 cubic feet or 59.2 cubic feet with the seats folded flat.

Three electrical specifications

The main EQE SUV will be offered with three electric powertrain options at launch, starting with the EQE350 Plus with its single 215-kilowatt rear-axle mounted engine. This provides the EQE350 Plus with 288 horsepower and 417 foot-pounds of torque, good enough to propel the electric SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The EQE350 4Matic adds a second electric motor to the front axle for fully variable all-wheel drive, but keeps the total output at 288hp. The torque, however, climbs to 564 lb-ft which, coupled with the additional traction, reduces the sprint from 0 to 60 to 6.2 seconds.

Finally, the EQE500 4Matic raises the wick on both of its electric motors, boosting power to 536 hp and 633 Nm of torque. The fastest non-AMG EQE SUV boasts a 0-60mph time of 4.6 seconds, but the same electronically limited top speed of 130mph as its stablemates.

All three variants also feature the same 90.6-kilowatt-hour battery, also shared with, you guessed it, the EQE sedan. The battery features standard heat pump thermal management for optimal operation in a variety of climates and more efficient operation of the cabin air conditioning system. Connecting to a 7.7kW AC charger (such as the 240 volt 32A Benz wallbox) charges the battery from 10% to 100% in 9.5 hours. In a 170 kW DC fast charging station, that time is reduced to 32 minutes.

The Mercedes-Benz EQE is available in three configurations up to 536 hp.

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Mercedes estimates that the EQE SUV will boast up to 342 miles of range in the European WLTP test cycle, but that number will almost certainly drop when subjected to the most stringent US EPA tests. We expect updated estimates closer to the date of sale.

The electric SUV travels on 19-inch wheels while the EQE500 comes standard with the 1920s. The automaker’s Airmatic air suspension will be offered as an optional upgrade, adding up to 1-inch lift from the ground with a touch of a button at speeds below 43 mph. The air suspension can also lower the body down to 0.8 inches in Sport mode or at speeds above 75 mph to reduce wind resistance which reduces range. Rear wheel steering is also standard for the EQE500 (and optional for the EQE350) with up to 10 degree articulation.

Aside from the extra headroom, the interior of the EQE SUV is largely identical to that of the sedan. Standard equipment includes Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment with a 12.8-inch vertical center display and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Mercedes’ huge 56-inch Hyperscreen is an optional upgrade, combining three displays with a single curved glass panel that dominates the dashboard.

In both cases, MBUX software includes “Hey, Mercedes” voice assistant, fingerprint authentication for up to seven separate and standard user profiles Android Auto And Apple Car Play with wireless connectivity.

Owners can also expect the full power of Mercedes’ driver assistance technology suite, including standard precollision warning with brake assist, lane keeping assist and blind spot monitoring. An optional driver assistance package adds steering assistance for lane change, advanced junction and intersection intervention features, adaptive cruise control and more.

AMG EQE SUV

Along with the main EQE models, Mercedes also announced the first battery electric SUV of its AMG performance unit: the Mercedes-AMG EQE 2023 SUV. The second verse is, for the most part, the same as the first, only with the SUV AMG EQE which borrows its electric powertrain, handling and styling updates from the Mercedes-AMG EQE sedan I was blown away earlier this year.

The AMG SUV’s dual-engine all-wheel drive system delivers a total of 617 hp and 701 Nm of torque, while its top speed has been slightly increased to 137 mph. An optional AMG Dynamic Plus package increases power with its Boost function to 677 hp and 738 lb-ft. Top speed also rises to top speed at 149 mph, while the 0-60 mph dash is reduced to a blur of 3.4 seconds.

The most powerful Mercedes-AMG variant turns the wick up to 677 ponies.

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Handling is improved with an upgrade to the AMG Ride Control air suspension with adaptive shock absorbers and chassis roll control. 16.3-inch front brakes and 6-piston calipers are standard with 14.9-inch discs and single-pot caps in the rear. Even larger optional AMG ceramic front brakes are available. Rear axle steering is also standard for this specification, albeit with slightly reduced 9 degrees of articulation. I bet it’s to make room for the wider 21-inch wheels (or 22 optional) with Michelin Pilot Sport EV MO1 tires at all four corners.

The AMG EQE SUV features the same 90.6 kWh battery as the rest of the EQE SUV line and the same AC and DC charging rates. The preliminary range is indicated between 233 and 292 miles, but again the WLTP cycle estimate is likely higher than that of the EPA.

The EQE 2023 SUV and the EQE AMG SUV will be produced on the same assembly line the EQS SUV at the Mercedes plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with batteries supplied by the nearby Bibb County plant. Pricing hasn’t been announced for any of the four configurations, but we expect more details, range, and economy estimates to be revealed closer to launch.

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