The New Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Might Be Its Best Yet
To say Mercedes-Benz is giving its new range of EVs a strong visual identity would be a gross understatement. The family resemblance among the rapidly-growing number of the brand’s all-electric EQ models goes beyond uncanny. These cars are all instantly recognizable. They look so similar they could almost be different cuts of the same sausage.
All of which is to explain why you could be forgiven for not immediately recognizing what we have pictured here is, in fact, an all-new electric SUV from Mercedes. This is the mid-size 2023 EQE SUV and the high-performance 2024 AMG EQE SUV, not to be confused with the EQE sedan, or the larger EQS SUV, or the EQS sedan, or AMG versions of any of the above.
To our eyes at least, the EQE SUV might just be the most well-proportioned of the bunch. The wheels are really pushed to the corners, giving it a slightly more athletic vibe.
What Are the Specs and Charging Speed of the EQE SUV?
In Canada, the non-AMG model will be available in two flavours, the 350 4Matic and the 500 4Matic, pushing out 288 and 402 horsepower respectively.
If that’s not enough for you, AMG is cooking up a version with 677 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. Incredibly, AMG claims this beast is “track-ready.” It’s certainly not the first car we’d imagine taking to a track day, but hey, we’ll give it a shot Mercedes! The AMG model is distinguished by a black AMG grille, hot-stamped vertical chrome struts, an AMG front splitter and a unique set of 22-inch rims. Despite the fact it’s an EV, the AMG model will sound different too thanks to a series of designer “engine” noises bundled into the AMG Sound Experience. (It’s the next-best thing to the roar of AMG’s old V8 engines.)
We don’t have official driving range figures at the time of writing, but, in our experience with Mercedes’ many EQ cars and SUVs, their EPA range ratings tend to be slightly conservative.
DC fast charging is of course present and accounted for too. While 170 kW charging isn’t the fastest, it’s enough that a quick 15 or 30 minute stop will provide a meaningful amount of added range. Besides, there are still only a handful of public EV chargers out there capable of delivering more than 170 kW. (That’s certainly part of the reason Mercedes-Benz is building its own, public electric-vehicle charging network right here in Canada. Across North America, the network will include more than 400 hubs, with more than 2,500 high-power plugs online by 2027. And, Mercedes drivers will get priority access and reservations.)
As for tech, Benz has got drivers covered. The new SUVs have air suspension, rear-wheel steering, over-the-air software updates and pretty much every other technology in the known automotive universe.
How Much Does the EQE SUV Cost in Canada?
At the moment, pricing has yet to be announced, but we do know how much the similar EQE sedan will cost. For reference, the EQE 350 sedan starts at $85,600 in Canada, while the EQE 500 sedan is $95,000. We expect the SUV will likely be priced slightly higher.
If the SUV lineup is anything like the sedan, the step up to the 500 will get you leather upholstery as standard, and the option of having the dashboard replaced by Mercedes’ wall-to-wall Hyperscreen display, in addition to the added performance. Both the sedans and the SUVs will have 4Matic all-wheel drive, but the SUV also gets an Offroad driving mode that’ll help it tackle some light gravel roads on those weekends you head into the country.
We’re expecting to see the 2023 EQE SUV in dealership showrooms this year, while the 2024 AMG EQE SUV should arrive late this year or early next. If you don’t want to wait, read our review of the high-performance Mercedes-AMG EQE sedan right here.
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