New Mercedes EQE electric car: Price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
March 13, 2020

The new Mercedes EQE has been spotted testing. This Tesla rival will be one of Mercedes’ first electric cars when it goes on sale in 2022.

  • New Mercedes EQE spotted
  • Heavily disguised prototype
  • Smaller than the upcoming EQS
  • Will be more powerful than EQC
  • 370+ miles of electric range expected
  • Expected to go on sale in 2022
The new Mercedes EQE will sport a smoother, more curvaceous design than most Mercedes saloons.

Mercedes EQE design

Don’t think of the Mercedes EQE as a normal E-Class with an electric motor and a bunch of batteries – it’s a completely different car. As such, it has its own unique design that – at least in these spy shots – looks similar to the upcoming EQS.

The windscreen is pushed further forward than on most Mercedes saloon cars and the sloping roofline extends all the way to the edge of the boot lid. The headlights are slimmer and longer than on most Mercedes and you can expect them to flank a large grille-like piece of contrasting trim when the car is finally revealed.

Mercedes EQE interior

No images have surfaced showing the Mercedes EQE’s interior, but you can expect it to draw inspiration from the electric Vision EQS concept. Sure, it’ll certainly be toned down for production, but a similar central touchscreen, elongated air vents and minimalist button-free dashboard could appear in the road-going car.

The Mercedes EQE’s batteries will be mounted under the car’s floor to maximise space in its cabin. 

Mercedes EQE motor and batteries

Like most electric cars, the Mercedes EQE will come with its batteries tucked underneath the floor, so as not to intrude on passenger or boot space. Sandwiching these batteries will be two electric motors – one at the front to drive the front wheels and one at the back to drive the rear wheels. Together, these should provide the sort of power you get from today’s 367hp petrol-powered E450 E-Class.

Mercedes EQE range and driving 

That sort of power should make the electric Mercedes EQE pretty rapid, and more than a match for most petrol- and diesel-powered saloon cars. Sure, it won’t be as fast as the likes of a Tesla Model S P100D, but the Mercedes EQE is expected to come with a range close to that of the 390-mile-capable Model S Long Range.

The odd protruding brakelights on this car disguise the finished model’s real lights underneath.

Mercedes EQE price and release date

Mercedes hasn’t announced any official information about the EQE, and you may have to wait until 2022 before it makes its public debut. It’ll likely cost more than the current Mercedes EQC electric SUV – entry-level versions of which will set you back £66,000. 

Read our Mercedes EQS price, specs and release date story for more information on the upcoming EQE’s bigger brother or see our list of the best electric cars on sale