New Mercedes EQE electric car spotted: price, specs and release date

Graham King
October 20, 2020

The new Mercedes EQE has been spotted testing. This Tesla Model S alternative will be one of Mercedes’ first purpose-built electric cars when it goes on sale in 2022.

  • 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
The new Mercedes EQE will sport a smoother, more curvaceous design than most Mercedes saloons.

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 odd protruding brake lights on this car disguise the finished model’s items underneath.

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.

Range-topping EQEs will likely come with dual motors, four-wheel drive and more than 350 miles of range. 

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. 

Mercedes is gearing up to launch a range of EQ electric models.

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.

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

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