Mercedes EQE (Tesla Model S rival) prepares for 2022 touchdown

Mercedes-Benz is reaching for world domination with its EQ brand for electric vehicles. The EQC and EQV on sale, the EQA & EQB on the wings, the Stuttgart-based company will release larger models Mercedes EQS, Mercedes EQE and a crossover based on it to challenge Tesla and Audi who seem to have cracked the premium side of the EV market. YouTuber walkoARTvideos has caught the electric sedan testing under camouflage again (first instance in March) and the variations between the cars are minuscule because of the well-designed masking.

The Mercedes EQS sedan will be EQ brand’s flagship product and the electric counterpart of the S-Class. The EQE on the other hand is the more interesting car, due to its size and price, and the electric equivalent to the E-Class looks sportier and perhaps is more exciting to drive.

Mercedes EQE Design

The EQE has a coupe-like four-door body and short overhangs. It sports fake dual exhausts, and the significant difference between the cars being tested in the video, apart from the body size and shape, is the placement of the third brake light. While the EQS has it on the boot lid, it rests below the rear window in the EQE.

The design is highly optimised for aerodynamics, and the front-end is expected to be ‘glossy’ and smooth as the EQC. The Mercedes EQE has a long bonnet and a roofline designed like a coupe with a steeply raked windshield. The car has its wheels pushed to the extreme ends to generate remarkable interior space, as per reports.

Mercedes-Benz EQS spotted testing
Here’s the larger Mercedes EQS prototype caught testing by EVW reader Payden Morris in the USA. Daimler will be investing more than 10 billion Euros into the EQ portfolio to take on Tesla Motors and Volkswagen Group brands.

The EQE is expected to feature a flat floor, and though the footprint may be smaller than the E-Class, space levels are as much as an S-Class, reports Autocar. Like the EQS, the battery would be set flat on the floor, giving it a very high level of passenger room and flexibility for luggage.

Range & Performance expectation

Autocar.co.uk reports that the EQE would generate in excess of 402 hp and 564 lb ft of the EQC and to make it cheaper and accessible to a wider audience, a rear-wheel drive variant is under consideration. Features expected on the EQE include four wheel steering, active air suspension and Level 3 autonomous driving.

New advancement in battery cell technology could lead to a range of about 600 km when the EQE comes out in 2022. The car would be produced Mercedes’ Factory 56 in Sindelfingen, Germany, the same site that would make the new S-Class and the EQS, for the global markets. Autocar adds that the Mercedes EQE would be manufactured in China through the JV with BAIC for the local market from 2022, with a production volume of 70,000 cars per year.

When is the release of the Mercedes EQE?

The EQE saloon is expected to launch in the second half of calendar year 2022.

What is the expected price of the Mercedes EQE?

We estimate the price to start around the USD 80,000 mark in the USA while much above the GLC’s £66,000 in the UK.

10 all-electric Mercedes EQ models by end of 2022

Mercedes-Benz has lined up the EQA compact electric crossover for launch this year. The production version of the EQA was supposed to be unveiled at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show but expect Mercedes-Benz to launch the car at the end of the year. Engineers are out testing the larger Mercedes EQB which should enter production next year. The Mercedes EQV (V-Class electric) was put on sale in May. In total, there will be 10 pure-electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz by the end of 2022:

  • Mercedes EQA based on the GLA (2020 launch confirmed)
  • Mercedes EQB based on the GLB (On test)
  • Mercedes EQC (Launched in 2019)
  • Mercedes EQE (Launch in 2022)
  • Mercedes EQE-based SUV (Launch in 2022)
  • Mercedes EQV (Launched in May 2020)
  • Mercedes EQS based on the S-Class (Launch in 2021)
  • Smart EQ ForTwo (Launched in 2019)
  • Smart EQ ForFour (Launched in 2019)