Mercedes treads on gas when it comes to electric mobility. EQA, EQB, EQC, EQS and EQV are now available on the market, and they will be joined by the EQE, a nearly five-meter-long upper-midrange sedan, with immediate effect. The EQS SUV and EQE SUV will soon follow, and soon there will be a purely electric version of the G-Class, which is very popular in this country. The transformation of the world’s oldest car manufacturer is proceeding happily under CEO Ola Källenius, even if there has been a slight delay in the introduction of the new EQE. Delivery problems for many electronic components, difficulties with logistics due to the epidemic – you know that now.
Like the longer EQS, the EQE is based on the group’s new electric platform for large cars – the two variants of the SUV will use the same chassis. At 4.95 metres, it’s about 26 centimeters shorter than the EQS, but the wheelbase is just nine centimeters shorter at 3.12 metres. This illustrates the luxurious space available in the EQE’s cabin, especially in the rear. This is where the advantages of the electric platform on their own come in: the interior is eight centimeters longer than in the current E-Class, and space is correspondingly more generous. Like the EQS, the EQE is also infused in the wind tunnel, which means that the commercial sedan is fundamentally very aerodynamic, which is underlined by its excellent drag coefficient of 0.22, but also makes it look very elegant and elegant. “With its typical single-arch design and beautifully crafted lines and silhouette, EQE creates a very dynamic and futuristic look,” chief design chief Gorden Wagener sums up. “All this makes it more luxurious, more entertaining and more exceptional, at the same time defining the next luxury class for the Mercedes-EQ brand.”
overwhelmed with information
Of course, the cockpit is also closely related to those in the EQS. The huge Super Screen, which spans almost the entire interior width and consists of three large screens optically combined into one element, is also available in EQE – for an additional cost, of course. But even without this on-screen view, the range of information is enormous: a large, stand-alone screen for the infotainment system, a screen behind the steering wheel of the instrument cluster and a huge on-glass screen with augmented reality display showing numbers, arrows and symbols for the driver pouring in. You should be careful not to let yourself be distracted from driving by the multitude of offers, but after a short period of dating you should have adapted to it.
In an emergency, the EQE can keep itself well on the road, even if it is not yet allowed to be on the road without the driver’s constant attention and control. Other models have already proven that Mercedes has a semi-autonomous drive under control. In other respects too, the commercial limousine is extremely modern and impressively smart. An optional laser beam with 1.3 million tiny mirrors per headlight can focus the light in a targeted way so that it illuminates not only pedestrians on the side of the road, but also road information, such as warnings or lane displays at a construction site. And if you are planning a longer trip, then you can confidently leave it to the navigation system’s route planning: it calculates not only the optimal route, time and charging stops, but also the power requirements, taking into account the terrain, the route requirements, ambient temperature, speed, heating and cooling.
For example, the EQE can recognize that the southern side of the valley currently has more sunlight and therefore less heat is needed there, and re-plan the path accordingly. Of course, that range should increase, just like the intelligent predictive payback that Mercedes is using. It’s called electrical intelligence. The system also determines whether the battery should be preheated or cooled while driving and conditioned accordingly so that it gets the best possible temperature later when it stops charging.
But nevertheless, the EQE range is generous. It has a battery with a usable capacity of just over 90 kWh. This means that the base version 350+ with 215 kW (292 hp) according to WLTP can cover 654 kilometers in the best condition. It starts at 84,300 francs. In addition, the variant 43 AMG 4Matic will be available from CHF 121,100 at market launch. All versions are charged at a maximum of 170 kW. Ideally, it takes 32 minutes to charge the battery from ten to 80 percent. Later this year, the 300 kW (408 hp) and 505 kW (687 hp) variants will follow with the top 500 4Matic and 53 AMG versions.
Mercedes’ best-or-nothing guiding principle may sound arrogant, but when you sit in a Swabian product you can understand that arrogance. “We want to make the most sustainable and technically advanced cars in the world,” says Christoph Starczynski, President of Mercedes EQ. “EQE is the latest example of this.” In fact, the new electric sedan is an impressive car: it runs superbly smoothly, it’s surprisingly easy to use thanks to the rear-wheel steering, and thanks to its elaborate noise isolation, it offers a level of driving comfort that Stuttgart residents can rightly boast of. About.
First seat test of the EQS SUV
In addition to the EQE and EQS sedans, Mercedes will offer the SUV model. Now the Swabians have pulled the fabric off their EQS SUV, but even before the world premiere, we had the chance to have an exclusive preview including seat testing—in all three seat rows, because the large electric SUV is also optionally available with seven seats. The Ea is based on the same platform as the sedan, but is about ten centimeters shorter with a length of 5.13 metres. The wheelbase is identical at 3.21 metres, but the SUV is 20 centimeters higher. The result is harmonious proportions with a tall front cover and a separate greenhouse. The design of the single-arc car would not have worked visually on SUVs.
The interior is elegant and high-quality, the cockpit is practically identical to the sedan. In SUVs, the second row can be moved longitudinally electrically up to 130 mm. The backrests can also be reclined at the push of a button, 14 degrees forward and four degrees backward. Boot space varies from 195 liters with all seven seats, up to 2,100 liters with the second and third rows folded down. So that the giant does not become too bulky, the SUV also has rear-wheel steering. The base model 450+ is equipped with an electric motor on the rear axle with a power of 265 kW (360 hp) and a torque of 568 Nm. The 450 4Matic all-wheel drive version has the same power, but generates significantly more torque with 800 Nm. The current top model is the 580 4Matic: it sends 400 kW (544 hp) and 858 Nm to all four wheels. Pricing for the EQS SUV is not yet known, orders will start in the summer and a market launch is scheduled for the fall.