The electric SUV will be launched later in the year and AMG versions are likely to follow early in 2023
This SUV will be the counterpart to the EQE sedan
It will be built in the United States along with the larger EQS SUV
The EQE SUV will be the utility counterpart to the EQS sedan and the “little brother” to the EQS SUV, as the brand’s design chief put it.
Without much surprise, the silhouette shows a very sleek and aerodynamic looking mid-size SUV, which is a design trend among Mercedes’ other EQ electric models.
A prototype spied a few months ago also showed what to expect from this future competitor to the Tesla Model X and the new BMW iX.
The EQE SUV will feature the same smooth “grille” as the other EQ models up front and a similar light bar in the rear. The prototype also looks to have retractable door handles, another trait shared between the new electric models from Mercedes.
The EQE SUV is also expected to share its mechanical elements with the sedan wearing the same name, meaning that the entry-level version should be powered by a RWD powertrain developing 288 horsepower. A dual motor all-wheel drive model will also be offered, probably with 402 horsepower.
As with the other Mercedes-Benz models, the EQE SUV will be treated to its own AMG performance versions, the 43 and the 53. These two models are set to arrive early next year with outputs of 469 horsepower and 633 lb-ft of torque or 617 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque respectively.
Since the model hasn’t been revealed yet, the official range is still unknown, but the automaker said to expect around 600 kilometers on a charge according to the WLTP test cycle.
Production of the EQE SUV is set to begin in Alabama in the coming months, alongside the larger EQS SUV.