2022 Mercedes EQE electric car revealed: price, specs and release date
Luxurious new Mercedes EQE electric saloon promises a range of more than 400 miles and cutting-edge technology...
On sale Mid-2022 | Price from £60,000 (est)
Like the death of Mark Twain, it seems the end of the saloon car has been greatly exaggerated. Yes, the popularity of SUVs shows no sign of waning as we move into the electric era, but some car makers clearly still see sufficient demand for lower-riding models to justify electrifying those as well. Indeed, with the unveiling of the Mercedes EQE, the German brand has given us two new fully electric saloons in a matter of months.
Externally, this latest electric Mercedes closely resembles its bigger brother, with a sweeping, coupé-like roofline and a smooth panel where the front grille would usually be, to help maximise aerodynamic efficiency. You can even specify special ‘aero wheels’, including a set with an almost completely closed surface.
Remote software updates will allow owners to update their cars with everything from new driving modes to video games, without the need to visit a dealer. And like the EQS, the EQE can be specified with a spectacular ‘Hyperscreen’ digital dashboard, which runs 141cm from side to side.
Two versions of the EQE that each feature a single, rear-mounted electric motor will be available from launch: the 288bhp 350 and a more powerful model with an output that’s yet to be confirmed. These will be followed by twin-motor, four-wheel-drive variants, while the range is said to vary from 339 to 410 miles, depending on which version you go for; by comparison, the i4 can cover up to 367 miles in official tests and the Model 3 a maximum of 360.
As for charging, the EQE is capable of speeds of up to 170kW, allowing you to add 155 miles of range in as little as 15 minutes. Further software updates will maximise the life of the batteries, and Mercedes is promising that they’ll be given a second role in energy storage facilities when they do reach the end of their motoring lives.
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