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Mercedes EQE heralds new design code for business sedans [Update]

With its fluidic design and athletic stance, the Mercedes EQE (codename: Mercedes V295) is set to become the sportiest sedan to emerge from the gates of Stuttgart. The E-Class and other four doors from the past or present cannot match the one-bow design of the EQE.

Mercedes-Benz is reaching for world domination in premium electric cars with its EQ sub-brand. The EQC and EQV are on sale, the EQA & EQB on the wings, and now the Stuttgart-based company is working on the Mercedes EQS and Mercedes EQE sedans and SUV equivalents to challenge Tesla and Audi, who have sized up the EV market. Here’s everything you need to know about the Mercedes EQE sedan.

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1. Mercedes EQE Design
2. Interior
3. Mercedes EQE specifications
4. Positioning
5. Warranty
6. Release Date
7. Manufacturing
8. Mercedes-AMG EQE

8.1. Mercedes Benz’s EV roadmap
9. Mercedes EQE sedan FAQs

9.1. When is the release of the Mercedes EQE?
9.2. What is the expected price of the Mercedes EQE?
9.3. Which electric sedans will rival the Mercedes EQE?

Mercedes EQE Design

The Mercedes EQS is the EQ brand’s flagship product and the electric counterpart of the S-Class this year. That said, the EQE is the more interesting car due to its size and price, and the electric equivalent to the E-Class looks sportier and perhaps is more exciting to drive.

The EQE has a coupe-like four-door body and short overhangs. It sports fake dual exhausts, and a difference compared to the EQS, apart from the greenhouse and body size, is the placement of the third brake light. While the EQS has it on the boot lid, it rests below the rear window in the EQE.

Mercedes EQE sedan profile side limousine
The Mercedes EQE should come with multiple wheel options in sizes up to 21 inches. Images: WalkoART Youtube channel.

Spy pictures are a testimony that the Mercedes EQE is a notchback-style vehicle. Generously sculpted surfaces, seamless transitions, and fewer joints than the ICE counterpart (Mercedes E-Class) can be expected. They are some of the key elements of the design language for the EQ models. Though spy pictures show something of a liftgate camouflaged, some reports say that the Tesla Model S challenger features a traditional boot lid.

The design is highly optimized for aerodynamics, and the front-end is expected to be glossy with tiny star patterns and headlamps containing three light dots. The Mercedes EQE has a long bonnet and a roofline designed like a coupe with a steeply raked windshield. The car has its wheels pushed to the extreme edges to generate remarkable interior space.

Mercedes EQE rear three quarters teaser
The Mercedes EQE will indeed look like a younger sibling of the EQS. Image Source: Daimler

With the EQS boasting the world’s lowest Cd value of 0.20 for any production car, it won’t surprise us if the EQE arrives with best-in-segment aerodynamics. Apart from the basic design that includes a coupe-like shape with a flat windscreen, features like closed radiator shutter, retractable door handles, flat underbody floor, wheel spoilers, and aero wheels should help the Mercedes EQE set a benchmark for aerodynamic efficiency in the business sedan segment.

The first EQE teaser above confirms several design details already. On the sides, the one-bow design emerging from the curvy roofline and the high, arched beltline lend the car a very dynamic styling, while the muscular shoulder section gives it a powerful look. At the rear, the slim rear lights feature curved 3D helix graphics, and a light band connects them.

Interior

Mercedes EQE interior dashboard teaser
The Mercedes EQE’s dashboard integrates the MBUX Hyperscreen in a minimalist fashion, resulting in an avant-garde cockpit architecture. Image Source: Daimler

The Mercedes EQE will feature an ultra-low-profile interior, the centrepiece of which will be an optional feature called ‘MBUX Hyperscreen’. The concave screen stretches out from the left to the right A-pillar like an ocean wave that guarantees a “wow” effect. Covered by a large, real glass, it comprises three displays:

  • A virtual instrument cluster
  • A central display (touch-operated with haptic feedback)
  • A passenger display (touch-operated with haptic feedback)

In the Mercedes EQS, the MBUX Hyperscreen creates a curved screen band over 141 cm wide. Twelve actuators located under the touchscreens trigger an instant and precise vibration for giving the user haptic feedback of his/her touch on one of the touchscreens.

While the interior design of the Mercedes EQE looks strikingly similar to that of the EQS, the functions available on the onboard electronics, the comfort features, and the materials will differ. For instance, we can see in the official teaser (and its cropped high-res pictures) above that the storage space on the floor console doesn’t have a cover made of (real) wood.

The EQE will feature a flat floor, and though the footprint may be smaller than the E-Class, space levels will be as much as an S-Class, reports Autocar. Like the EQS, the battery would be set flat on the floor, giving it a very high level of passenger room and flexibility for luggage. The excellent aerodynamics would make driving more dynamic, cut energy consumption, and improve comfort. Expect the A-pillar with specially shaped trim to lower wind noise.

Mercedes EQE specifications

EVA Platform

The Mercedes EQE sedan would sit on Daimler’s new EVA platform (Electric Vehicle Architecture), an all-new modular platform developed exclusively for large electric cars. First utilised in the Mercedes EQS, EVA is a skateboard architecture that would allow Mercedes-Benz to make EVs offering “exceptionally quiet ride”, up to 500 kW or 680 PS of system power and more than 750 km of WLTP range. The Mercedes EQE sedan will likely be the smallest or lowest model built on the EVA platform.

eATS is what Daimler calls the powertrain of its EVA platform-based EVs, an abbreviation for “elektrischen Antriebsstrangs,” meaning electric powertrain in German. A single eATS at the rear axle would be standard, while in some configurations (4MATIC), there would be an option to have an additional eATS at the front axle. In addition to a motor, eATS comprises a transmission, the differential, and power electronics. The motor of the rear eATS would be more powerful, thanks to a six-phase operation with two three-phase stator windings.

Mercedes-Benz EVA platform details
The Mercedes EQE sedan would be the most affordable model based on the EVA platform. Image: Daimler

Battery & Range

Autocar.co.uk reports that the EQE would generate over 402 hp (408 PS) and 564 lb-ft (765 Nm) of the EQC. To make it cheaper and accessible to a wider audience, a rear-wheel-drive variant is under consideration. Features expected on the EQE include four-wheel steering, active air suspension, and Level 3 autonomous driving.

The Mercedes EQS is available with two different Lithium-ion battery pack options, including 10 cell modules and 12 cell modules. Both the cell modules are realized with different cell types in the form of pouch and hardcase cells, and the usable energy content is 90 kWh and 107.8 kWh, respectively. The long-range battery pack with 12 cell modules and 107.8 kWh usable energy content allows an operating range of 780 km (WLTP), good enough to travel nonstop from Oslo to Stockholm or Munich to Berlin.

In June 2021, a report from jesmb.de said that the Mercedes EQE will also be available with two battery pack options, but the standard-range unit will include 8 cell modules, and the long-range unit will include 10 cell modules. The net energy content will be 72 kWh and 90 kWh, respectively. The standard-range battery pack will do around 510 km (WLTP), while the long-range spec will enable a range of around 640 km (WLTP). Configurations with the long-range battery pack will come in 4MATIC (AWD) optionally, but as the German site adds, at the cost of 50-60 km range.

A month later, jesmb.de reported that EQE 300, EQE 350+/EQE 400+, and EQE 53 4MATIC could be the variant line-up, with the last variant coming from Mercedes-AMG. This report stated 520 km and 650 as the approximate WLTP range figures of the base standard variant (EQE 300) and the top-end standard variant (EQE 350+/EQE 400+), respectively. It mentioned that the bonnet of the EQE, like the EQS, would not be openable by customers.

The video below shows an EQE prototype with AMG styling, although it’s hard to conclude whether it’s an AMG variant or an AMG Line package. The design of the five-double-spoke alloy wheels is suggestive that the test mule has something to do with AMG.