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The New Mercedes-Benz EQE

The New Mercedes-Benz EQE
14 March 2022
 

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE is a luxury, all-electric alternative to models like the Tesla Model 3.

The Mercedes-Benz EQE will provide a healthy alternative to the leading electric manufacturers like Tesla, although its 410-mile range boasts a greater range than the popular Tesla Model S Long Range. 

The Mercedes-Benz EQE Design

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE looks very similar to its ancestor, the EQS, with a very similar blanked off plastic grille and the air intakes on each side of the bumper. There's also no denying it, the curved doors and chrome accents are similar to the EQS. The similarities continue on the EQE's rear too, their brake lights and black bumper trim look almost identical to an EQS. However, the EQE comes with its own range of 19-21 inch alloy wheels. 

The Mercedes-Benz EQE Interior

If you thought the EQE looked like the EQS from the outside, wait until you're inside: it looks almost exactly like Mercedes' new ultra-luxury EV. There are some differences such as the steering wheel is new and the seats have different stitching, but that's about it.

The EQE's wheelbase is 90mm shorter than an EQS, but its cabin is 80mm longer than a regular E-Class saloon ensuring it gives that super spacious feeling inside. 

The only noticeable downside of the EQE is the boot, at 430 litres, the EQE's boot is around 110 litres smaller than that of an E-Class saloon, it's even 25 litres smaller than the trunk of a C-Class saloon. Additionally, there isn't space to store anything under the  bonnet of the EQE, where an engine would usually be located because Mercedes made the decision to seal it.

The more affordable EQE has a similar dual-screen setup to  the entry-level Mercedes EQS. Also, like an entry-level EQS, the Mercedes EQE comes standard with a dual-screen infotainment system with a 12.3-inch driver display and a 13-inch in-dash touchscreen. But you can pay more to get Mercedes' eye-catching Hyperscreen system with 3 integrated screens. There's a 12.3-inch display for the driver, another for the passenger, and a huge 17.7-inch touchscreen in between. EQS, including the latest "Hey Mercedes" voice recognition. You can also connect it to smart technology in your home, so you can tell your car to turn on the home heating  while you drive. 

The Mercedes EQE supports over-the-air updates, so you'll never have to take it to a dealer again to make sure you have the latest software. These upgrades allow you to pay for additional features your car didn't have when it left the factory, including new synthesized engine sounds that play through the stereo while driving, and customizable headlight and brake light animations that activate when locking and unlocking of the car can be played.

The Mercedes-Benz EQE Range

The Mercedes EQE has a 90kWh battery giving it a range of 410 miles. That's 50 miles more than a long-range Tesla Model 3 and 5 miles more than a long-range Model S. However, as good as it is, it's not perfect. It shares a lot of traits to its ancestor, the EQS, but the EQE cannot charge as fast as larger EQS batteries. 

Mercedes haven't revealed much about the new EQE Performance, but they have confirmed that the rear wheel drive 350 model would be on sale first. This uses a single motor at the rear producing 292 hp and 530 Nm of torque.

Additionally, Mercedes haven't said exactly how fast these cars will be, but they shouldn't be too far off the pace of an entry-level two-wheel-drive EQS. The EQS has a single motor with 333 hp engine and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds. 

Driving the Mercedes-Benz EQE 

The Mercedes EQE has many features designed to make driving very relaxed. First of all, Mercedes has covered all the batteries and motors with a special noise-cancelling foam which reduces vibrations and they have tuned the EQE's bodywork to reduce wind noise, just like the larger EQS. It has coil springs as standard, but you can pay more for the adaptive air suspension, just like a top-of-the-line S-Class and EQS. 

The Price of the Mercedes-Benz EQE 

The new Mercedes is expected to go on sale in 2022. It hasn't been revealed by Mercedes as to how much it'll cost yet, but, it is expected that it'll set you back a similar price to a high-spec Mercedes E-Class, which is around £60,000. 

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