Mercedes EQE prepares for debut: Tesla's rival spotted on German roads

Mercedes EQE prepares for debut: Tesla's rival spotted on German roads

Mercedes EQE prepares for debut

Mercedes aims to expand its range of zero-emission vehicles and 2021 will certainly be an important year for the Stuttgart-based carmaker. It is no coincidence that the range is destined to grow thanks to the arrival of several models including the Mercedes EQE.

Inevitably, the Mercedes EQE stands as one of the brand's most anticipated models in the course of 2021. According to what has been declared, in fact, the new electric sedan should make its official debut in September of this year. However, some statements by CEO, Ola Kallenius, let it be known that the new sedan will make its first public appearance at the IAA event in Munich.

Several videos and spy photos have been released online in recent months of prototypes completely camouflaged and tested on the roads. It is the turn of a short video published on YouTube by CarSpyMedia which features a prototype of the EQE: seen in the test phase on German roads still under heavy camouflage, the vehicle seems to be quite similar to the EQS even if, inevitably, the camouflage could hide unique details that differentiate the two models. We talked about the latter only a few days ago on the occasion of the video released by the company relating to the innovative infotainment system called MBUX Hyperscreen which will inevitably distinguish the car.

We remind you that the new EQE will be based on the EVA (Electric Vehicle Architecture) platform shared with the EQS. Furthermore, we cannot exclude that the electric E-Class range may be offered in different versions, and therefore also with all-wheel drive. However, according to some rumors, the top-of-the-range model could develop a power of 480 hp with 765 Nm of torque. However, we will have to wait a little longer to see the final version of this model on the market. According to what has been declared, the production of the car will take place in the German plant in Sindelfingen for Europe, but it will also be sold in China with a production located in Beijing.

Mercedes preps debut of EQE EV, a Tesla Model S rival

Mercedes-Benz expects to debut the full-electric EQE large premium sedan in September, CEO Ola Kallenius said.

The smaller sibling to the EQS flagship EV will be the last of four full-electric models that Mercedes rolls out this year.

Under the automaker’s current plans, the EQE will be revealed by Mercedes at the IAA in Munich, which succeeds the biennial IAA previously held in Frankfurt as Germany's biggest automotive showcase.

The EQE will challenge models such as the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan. It will be built on Mercedes' Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA), which will debut on the EQS.

EQE production will begin at Mercedes' factory in Bremen, Germany, starting in the second half.  It will also be built in Beijing.

There are few other details on the EQE, but its specifications suggest that, like the EQS, it will get a substantially longer range than EVs based on the automaker’s modified combustion engine architectures.

A camouflaged Mercedes EQS undergoing winter testing.

The EQS is expected to have a WLTP range of more than 700 km (435 miles), according to Mercedes. The EQS will roll off the same assembly line as the S-Class flagship sedan at the automaker's plant in Sindelfingen, near Stuttgart, starting this year. It will also be produced at Mercedes plant in Vance, Alabama, starting June 2022.

By comparison, Mercedes' EQC crossover, which is largely based on the fuel-powered GLC, has a maximum range of 462 km. That figure, however, is not directly comparable to the EQS’s range because it is calculated using the NEDC test cycle, was Europe's testing regime before the tougher WLTP was introduced.

Mercedes has not provided the EQC's WLTP-certified range. The automaker has repeatedly delayed the car’s U.S. launch, which analysts attribute to the EQC’s uncompetitive range.

Demand for the EQC has disappointed, with only 20,000 sold globally last year versus 47,000 units for the full-electric Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback SUVs.

Based on comments Kallenius made during Mercedes' financial results conference last week, Mercedes sees the EQE as the more direct rival to the Model S and Taycan than the EQS. Kallenius said the EQS will be in class by itself.

'There will not be a luxury sedan in the market, nor is there one right now, that compares to the size, the packaging and the space as the EQS. It sits a segment above including a back seat where you can actually sit comfortably,' he said, adding it would also get a reclining seat.

'It will look completely different than an S-Class. It was not our goal to make a clone of a car that is based in this case on a combustion platform but to do something that looks fully and totally different,' Kallenius said.

Mercedes has said that the EQS will be its first full-electric model in the U.S.

Mercedes-Benz plans to launch its EQB compact crossover early next year.

In between the launches of the EQS and the EQE, Mercedes will debut the compact EQB electric SUV that will be built in Hungary. The brand last month presented the EQA. It will be built in Rastatt, Germany.

The EQC, EQA ands EQA use a flexible platform that can accommodate electric drivetrains and internal combustion engines.

The EQA has a 'Black Panel' grille with central star. A further design feature for the brand's EQ vehicles is the continuous light strip at the front and rear.

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