Mercedes-Benz’s electric vehicles won’t be mistaken for their petrol-powered counterparts.

    The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQE has been spied with less disguise and wearing production-spec lighting.

    It’s set to debut in September 2021, with deliveries beginning next year.

    The EQE’s new Electric Vehicle Architecture has allowed Mercedes-Benz designers to pen quite a different design from the brand’s traditional sedans.

    The wheels are pushed out to the corners of the vehicle, with a particularly short front overhang.

    The profile features a swooping arc, flowing up from the bonnet and ending at the stubby boot lid.

    The design language of the S-Class-sized EQS has translated to the E-Class-sized EQE well, though the EQE looks to have a distinctive look of its own.

    The smaller car also differs in not having a hatchback, though its booted rear bears more of a resemblance to a C-Class coupe than an E-Class sedan.

    Overall, there’s no mistaking this for a similarly-sized, petrol/diesel-powered Mercedes.

    That’s in stark contrast to some Audi and BMW EVs, which either share bodies with combustion-powered models (BMW i4, iX3) or feature traditional styling (Audi E-Tron).

    The EQE will be built in Germany like the EQS, though the EQE will also be built in China. It’s expected to offer dual-motor all-wheel drive.

    It’ll be sized more closely to the Tesla Model S than the EQS.

    The EQS, in contrast, is expected to be longer and wider than a long-wheelbase S-Class.

    Both the EQE and EQS will have corresponding SUV models that’ll be built in the company’s plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama from 2022.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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