Mercedes EQE heralds new design code for business sedans [Update]

With its fluidic design and athletic stance, the Mercedes EQE (codename: Mercedes V295) is set to become the sportiest sedan to emerge from the gates of Stuttgart. The E-Class and other four doors from the past or present cannot match the one-bow design of the EQE.

Mercedes-Benz is reaching for world domination in premium electric cars with its EQ sub-brand. The EQC and EQV are on sale, the EQA & EQB on the wings, and now the Stuttgart-based company is working on the Mercedes EQS and Mercedes EQE sedans and SUV equivalents to challenge Tesla and Audi, who have sized up the EV market. Here’s everything you need to know about the Mercedes EQE sedan.

Mercedes EQE Design

The Mercedes EQS will become the EQ brand’s flagship product and the electric counterpart of the S-Class this year. That said, the EQE 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.

The EQE has a coupe-like four-door body and short overhangs. It sports fake dual exhausts, and a difference compared to the EQS, apart from the greenhouse and body size, 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.

Spy pictures are a testimony that the Mercedes EQE is a notchback-style vehicle. Generously sculpted surfaces, seamless transitions, and fewer joints than the ICE counterpart (Mercedes E-Class) can be expected. They are some of the key elements of the design language for the EQ models. Though spy pictures show something of a liftgate camouflaged, some reports say that the Tesla Model S challenger features a traditional boot lid.

The design is highly optimized for aerodynamics, and the front-end is expected to be glossy with tiny star patterns and headlamps containing three light dots. 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 edges to generate remarkable interior space.

With the Mercedes EQS boasting the world’s lowest Cd value of 0.20 for any production car, it won’t surprise us if the Mercedes EQE arrives with best-in-segment aerodynamics. Apart from the basic design that includes a coupe-like shape with a flat windscreen, features like closed radiator shutter, retractable door handles, flat underbody floor, wheel spoilers, and aero wheels should help the Mercedes EQE set a benchmark for aerodynamic efficiency in the business sedan segment.

Interior

The Mercedes EQE would feature an ultra-low-profile interior, the centrepiece of which would be an optional feature called MBUX Hyperscreen. In the Mercedes EQS, the MBUX Hyperscreen is a concave screen stretching out from the left to the right A-pillar like an ocean wave that guarantees a “wow” effect. Covered by a large, real glass, it comprises three displays: a virtual instrument cluster, a central display (touch-operated with haptic feedback), and a passenger display (touch-operated with haptic feedback).

In the Mercedes EQS, the MBUX Hyperscreen creates a curved screen band over 141 cm wide. Twelve actuators located under the touchscreens trigger an instant and precise vibration for giving the user haptic feedback of his/her touch on one of the touchscreens.

The EQE will 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. The excellent aerodynamics would make driving more dynamic, cut energy consumption, and improve comfort. Expect the A-pillar with specially shaped trim to lower wind noise.

Mercedes EQE specifications

EVA Platform

The Mercedes EQE sedan would sit on Daimler’s new EVA platform (Electric Vehicle Architecture), an all-new modular platform developed exclusively for large electric cars. First utilised in the Mercedes EQS sedan, EVA is a skateboard architecture that would allow Mercedes-Benz to make EVs offering “exceptionally quiet ride”, up to 500 kW or 680 PS of system power and more than 750 km of WLTP range. The Mercedes EQE sedan will likely be the smallest or lowest model built on the EVA platform.

eATS is what Daimler calls the powertrain of its EVA platform-based EVs, an abbreviation for “elektrischen Antriebsstrangs,” meaning electric powertrain in German. A single eATS at the rear axle would be standard, while in some configurations (4MATIC), there would be an option to have an additional eATS at the front axle. In addition to a motor, eATS comprises a transmission, the differential, and power electronics. The motor of the rear eATS would be more powerful, thanks to a six-phase operation with two three-phase stator windings.

Mercedes-Benz EVA platform details
The Mercedes EQE sedan would be the most affordable model based on the EVA platform.

Battery & Range

Autocar.co.uk reports that the EQE would generate over 402 hp (408 PS) and 564 lb-ft (765 Nm) of the EQC. 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.

The Mercedes EQS is available with two different Lithium-ion battery pack options, including 10 cell modules and 12 cell modules. Both the cell modules are realized with different cell types in the form of pouch and hardcase cells, and the usable energy content is 90 kWh and 107.8 kWh, respectively. The long-range battery pack with 12 cell modules and 107.8 kWh usable energy content allows an operating range of 780 km (WLTP), good enough to travel nonstop from Oslo to Stockholm or Munich to Berlin.

According to a report from jesmb.de, the Mercedes EQE will also be available with two battery pack options, but the standard-range unit will include 8 cell modules, and the long-range unit will include 10 cell modules. The net energy content will be 72 kWh and 90 kWh, respectively. The standard-range battery pack will do around 510 km (WLTP), while the long-range spec will enable a range of around 640 km (WLTP). Configurations with the long-range battery pack will come in 4MATIC (AWD) optionally, but as the German site adds, at the cost of 50-60 km range.

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The Mercedes EQE should be available with a 22 kW on-board charger optionally and support fast charging at up to 200 kW with direct current. In Japan, the Mercedes EQE will likely feature bidirectional charging, allowing customers to power electrical devices and other vehicles using the battery pack. This feature could be made available in more markets if there’s enough demand.

Positioning

The Mercedes EQE sedan would slot below the Mercedes EQS sedan as a feature-rich and technically advanced alternative to the Mercedes E-Class. The next-gen Mercedes E-Class (Mercedes W224) will arrive a year later, and the Mercedes EQE would command a premium over it.

Daimler has filed trademark applications for EQE 250, EQE 43, EQE 53, EQE 55, and EQE 63 in Europe, and this could be for the variants of the Mercedes EQE sedan. For customers expecting a sportier drive and more performance, the line-up will include a Mercedes-AMG EQE 43, Mercedes-AMG EQE 53, Mercedes-AMG EQE 55, and/or Mercedes-AMG EQE 63 in the future, it is reported.

Mercedes EQE camouflaged prototype
The Mercedes EQE will lock horns with the likes of Tesla Model S, BMW i5, Audi A6 e-tron, and Nio ET7. Image Source: Daimler

Confirmed future rivals of the Mercedes EQE include the Tesla Model S, BMW i5 (5 Series electric), the Nio ET7, and the Audi A6 e-tron that are expected in 2023.

Warranty

Daimler may offer a warranty covering the loss of capacity of the battery pack of the Mercedes EQE for a term of ten years or a mileage of up to 250,000 km (approx. 155,000 miles).

Release Date

Mercedes EQ EV launches 2021
The Mercedes EQE will debut as the fourth Mercedes EQ EV this year. Image Source: Daimler

Britta Seeger, BoM member responsible for Marketing & Sales, Mercedes-Benz AG, confirmed at the Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update: electric drive on 22 July 2021 that the Mercedes EQE will debut this calendar year. The EQE will be the fourth Mercedes-Benz EQ EV to debut in 2021.

The Mercedes EQE, as per a report from jesmb.de, will have its world premiere at the 2021 Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021) that will take place from 6-12 September. The German site claims that deliveries are to commence at the end of the year, but given the ongoing shortage of semiconductor chips, the production start and sales launch could be affected.

Manufacturing

Daimler has confirmed that it plans to start manufacturing the Mercedes EQE in Bremen, Germany, this calendar year. Shortly after, the electric business sedan will start rolling out of the Daimler-BAIC JV plant in Beijing, China. The Chinese production, expected to fulfill only domestic orders, will reportedly begin in 2022, with a volume of 70,000 cars per year. The battery packs will be manufactured in Stuttgart-Hedelfingen, Germany, and Beijing, China.

Mercedes-AMG EQE

Within two years of the Mercedes EQE’s premiere, a Mercedes-AMG EQE will arrive. The Mercedes-AMG EQ EVs may not be as loud and flashy as the ICE or hybrid Mercedes-AMG models. As Affalterbach also prepares for its leap into the electric era after Stuttgart, a new type of understated design and styling modification mix could be under development for the zero-emission AMGs.

AMG EQ drivetrain expected in the Mercedes EQE AMG variant
The Mercedes-AMG EQE may go on sale by 2023. Image Source: Daimler

AMG-specific 4MATIC+ eAWD with independent motors on each axle, unique brake system, AMG Ride Control+ air suspension, up to 22-inch wheels, and AMG Sound Experience would be among the eco-friendly AMGs’ main attractions. Expect everything you see in the official infographic above to be available in the Mercedes-AMG EQE.

Mercedes Benz’s EV roadmap

Mercedes-Benz is bullish about electrifying its complete range, which it now intends to achieve sooner than planned. The company has announced that from 2025, all new vehicle architectures will be EV-only and buyers will be able to choose a pure-electric alternative for every vehicle the company sells. The company will go all-electric in 2030 in places “where market conditions allow.”

For faster electrification of its vehicle lineup and to compete strongly with the likes of Tesla on design, cost, capabilities, and features, Mercedes Benz will launch reasonably priced electric vehicles using the Mercedes Modular Architecture (MMA) from 2024. The MMA would spawn compact and mid-size electric vehicles for the company. In 2025, the company plans to bring out three EV-only architectures – MB.EA, that will cover medium to large size passenger cars,
AMG.EA, that will be a dedicated performance electric vehicle platform, and VAN.EA for purpose-made electric vans and LCVs.

Mercedes EQE sedan FAQs

When is the release of the Mercedes EQE?

The EQE saloon should premiere at IAA 2021 (September 6) and launch in Q4 2021.

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.

Which electric sedans will rival the Mercedes EQE?

The Mercedes EQE will compete with the likes of the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, and Nio ET7.

Featured image: Daimler