Mercedes EQE sedan heralds new design code for business sedans

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.

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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 their 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 greehouse 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 notchback-style vehicle. Generously sculpted surfaces, seamless transitions, and fewer joints compared to the ICE counterpart (Mercedes E-Class) can be expected, as they are some of the key elements of the design language for the EQ models. The Mercedes EQS does not have a front trunk or a frunk, but since the Mercedes EQE would be aimed squarely at prospective Tesla Model S customers, it may have that feature.

The design is highly optimised 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 ends 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.

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 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. The excellent aerodynamics would not only make driving more dynamic and cut the energy consumption but also improve comfort. In the Mercedes EQS, for instance, the A-pillar with specially shaped trim leads to a lower wind noise in addition to lower cd value.

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. Debuting in the Mercedes EQS sedan on 15 April, 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 the power electronics. The motor of the rear eATS would be more powerful, thanks to 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 in excess of 402 hp (408 PS) and 564 lb ft (765 Nm) 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.

Of the two battery packs of the Mercedes EQS, 90 kWh (net/usable) and 107.8 kWh (net/usable), the former would be available on most specifications of the Mercedes EQE. The EQE can’t get everything the EQS has to offer, as that would undermine the flagship model’s exclusive status and special appeal. However, should Daimler restrict that notion to only features and motors and does offer the EQS’ greatest battery pack, the EQE could set a new benchmark in its class that has the Lucid Air and the Tesla Model S.

If an EQE variant launches with the EQS’s 107.8 kWh (net) battery, it is possible (due to its lower size and weight) that the car could travel as far, if not longer, than its bigger brother. Mercedes-Benz has said that the EQS does 770 km (479 Miles) WLTP range, thanks in part to the excellent aerodynamics which is a new standard for mass-produced vehicles.

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 is likely to 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.

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

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

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Daimler has confirmed that it plans to manufacture the Mercedes EQE in Bremen, Germany, in the second half of 2021. Shortly after, the electric business sedan will start rolling out of the Daimler-BAIC JV plant in Beijing, China, as well. 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.

Mercedes AMG EQ drivetrain expected in the Mercedes EQE's 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 EQE sedan FAQs

When is the release of the Mercedes EQE?

The EQE saloon is expected to launch in the second half of 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 Tesla Model S, Lucid Air, Porsche Taycan, and Nio ET7.

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