New Mercedes EQE electric car spotted: price, specs and release date
- New electric Mercedes EQE spotted
- Heavily disguised prototype
- Smaller than the upcoming EQS
- Will be more powerful than EQC
- 350+ miles of range expected
- Will go on sale in 2022
New Mercedes EQE design
Even with all its heavy camouflage, it’s clear from photos of this prototype that the new EQE will look nothing like the existing E-Class. After all, it’s supposed to be the electric equivalent of the E-Class, not an electric version of that car.
The new Mercedes EQS looks very similar to the upcoming EQS, mostly because the bonnet and boot lid are very short, and the front and rear wheels are pushed out as far away from each other as possible. This gives it a sleek, purposeful look, but also suggests that the cabin will be hugely spacious. Speaking of which…
New Mercedes EQE Interior
OK, so Mercedes hasn’t revealed what the new EQE cabin will look like, but it has built a concept car to give you a good idea of what to expect (shown in the video above). This Vision EQS concept will inspire the new range of EQ models and moves away from screens stuck on top of the dashboard to screens built into the centre console. Mercedes’ signature circular air vents have also been ditched for elongated rectangles. The remainder of the dashboard is largely button-free.
New Mercedes EQE batteries and range
Mercedes hasn’t released any information about the EQE’s batteries and electric motors, but it’s fair to assume that it’ll be on par with the hugely popular Tesla Model S. Therefore, the electric range for the new EQE will likely be in the same ballpark as the Model S – between 350 and 400 miles.
New Mercedes EQE motors and performance
You can expect the Mercedes EQE to come with a range of motor and battery combinations. Entry-level models may come with a single electric motor while higher-spec versions will likely come with a dual-motor setup – one to power the front wheels and another to drive the two at the rear. It’s possible Mercedes could offer a much more powerful, high-performance model with more than 600hp to go toe-to-toe with the Tesla Model S Performance.
New Mercedes-Benz EQE price and release date
Mercedes has confirmed that the EQE will go on sale in 2022. Prices are expected to start from around £65,000 – approximately the same as a high-spec E-Class. For comparison, an entry-level Tesla Model S with 405 miles of range costs almost £75,000.
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