Mercedes-Benz has revealed that the EQE SUV would be the model’s true blockbuster electrical car, with the design and dynamic enchantment to take it to the highest of the EV SUV luxurious class in Australia.
Reported to be priced from about $160,000 when it launches someday after the center of subsequent 12 months, the newly-unveiled mid-sizer is taking intention on the Tesla Mannequin Y, BMW iX and Polestar 3, in addition to the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Tempo.
Chatting with CarsGuide on the launch of the EQB medium SUV not too long ago, Mercedes-Benz Australia head of media relations and model engagement, Jerry Stamoulis, believes that the EQE SUV is the mannequin that can open shoppers’ minds to the advantages of EVs like no different the corporate has supplied earlier than.
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“We predict huge issues from the EQE SUV when it arrives in the course of 2023,” he mentioned. “It is going to sit between the EQC and the brand new EQS, and enchantment to a variety of consumers. And it will likely be the gamechanger.”
Whereas the EQE SUV shares a lot of its know-how with the EQE sedan model set to reach by the tip of this 12 months, it should have a a lot bigger influence on each the worldwide and Australian markets attributable to its SUV packaging, dramatically broadening the EV’s enchantment.
In different phrases, the EQE SUV exposes Mercedes-Benz’s vaunted new next-generation ‘EVA’ devoted EV structure to extra potential consumers than the EQS sedan might. That know-how additionally underpins the closely-related EQS sedan and EQS SUV flagships already launched or due within the third quarter of subsequent 12 months respectively.
In distinction, each different EQ EV in Mercedes’ armada is constructed on an albeit extremely modified inside combustion engine (ICE) platform, from the transverse-engined/front-drive MFA2-based EQA and EQB to the longitudinal rear-drive biased MRA2 within the bigger EQC. As such, the EQE and EQS fashions are extra effectively and successfully packaged as EVs.
Together with the just-launched eVito electrical van vary, the EQE SUV will deliver the variety of Mercedes-Benz EVs to no less than seven by the tip of subsequent 12 months.
After that, from about 2024, the EQE SUV is ready to be joined by the second-generation EQC.
To take a seat on the model’s all-new MMA structure that’s described as “electric-first/ICE-second”, it’s reported to accommodate hybrid in addition to range-extender electrified powertrains, offering the German model with a simpler and less-compromised EV than the present EQC in addition to a decrease anticipated worth level proposition for consumers who can not stretch to the EQE SUV. The successors to the EQA and EQB may also comply with swimsuit in time.
Principally, Mercedes-Benz is poised to have all electrification bases lined within the scorching SUV segments by the center of this decade.
As reported earlier this month, there shall be three EQE SUV grades on provide, beginning with the single-motor and rear-wheel drive 300, after which transferring as much as the five hundred 4Matic with twin motors and all-wheel drive. After all, there are additionally AMG variations coming (the inhouse tuner’s first EV SUV), within the type of the EQE 53 4Matic AMG. All use a 90.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack at launch and all are five-seater solely propositions.
Whereas tech specs are nonetheless skinny on the bottom proper, we all know that the 350kW/858Nm 53 4Matic can obtain as much as 488km on the WLTP cycle or dash to 100km/h from standstill in below 4.3 seconds, whereas the 53 4Matic+ we’re extra prone to see in Australia, with 460kW/950Nm outputs (and 505kW on overboost in addition to 626kW/1000km with an non-compulsory Dynamic Plus package deal), can slash that 0-100km/h time to three.5s, or nonetheless handle an honest vary of between 375km and 470km.
As we’re not too long ago seen in Australia, the EQE SUV will undertake a variation of the EQS’ Hyperscreen absolutely digitised dashboard expertise, as a part of a considerable checklist of technological developments that may also embrace the most recent spherical of driver-assist applied sciences.
Because the EV wars intensify, Mercedes-Benz is guaranteeing that it’ll have the best and up-to-date choices within the luxurious finish of a booming market.