Mercedes-Benz has been maintaining a close visual resemblance between its EQ electric models, and nowhere is this more apparent than in their interiors.
This includes the optional MBUX Hyperscreen, which is a curved-glass screen that spans from A-pillar to A-pillar.
The German automaker refers to the five-seat EQE SUV as the “multi-purpose variant” of the EQE sedan, with “one of the most spacious” interiors in terms of headroom, legroom and elbow room in its class.
Measuring over 141cm wide, it features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 17.7-inch central touchscreen, and a 12.3-inch passenger touchscreen.
There are also turbine-like outer air vents, a free-standing centre console and a “floating control cluster” for the seat controls and door handles on the door panel.
Mercedes-Benz says there are “five co-ordinated colour combinations” for the EQE SUV’s interior, with a range of warm and cool tones.
There are also wooden and aluminium elements, as well as a laser-cut three-pointed star pattern trim element on the centre console that’s backlit.
Although Mercedes-Benz has now shown off official imagery for the EQE SUV’s interior, we’re yet to see images of the exterior beyond spy photos of prototypes.
The EQE SUV is set to be the fourth model built on Mercedes-Benz’s dedicated Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA), following the EQS, EQE, and EQS SUV.
In simpler terms, think of the EQE SUV as an all-electric alternative to the internal combustion-powered GLE.
It’s expected the EQE SUV will mirror the drivertrain and battery specifications of the existing EQE sedan.
Currently, the mid-size electric sedan is available in EQE 350 guise with a 215kW electric motor driving the rear wheels.
Next step up is the AMG EQE 43 4Matic, which has two electric motors, all-wheel drive, and a total system output of 250kW and 858Nm.
The flagship AMG EQE 53 4Matic+ sedan is also powered by a dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain but produces total system outputs of 505kW of power and 1000Nm of torque with the AMG Dynamic Plus package selected.
High-performance AMG versions of the EQE SUV are expected and have previously been spied in prototype form near the Nurburgring.
All EQE sedan models, at present, come with a 90.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack that, according to the WLTP testing, has a driving range of between 518km and 660km depending on the variant.
Expect a little less range from the EQE SUV as the EQS SUV has less range than the EQS liftback due in part to its more upright, less aerodynamic body.
It’s unclear what the dimensions of the EQE SUV will be at this stage, but expect it to be around 5 metres long, as the EQE sedan is 4946mm long and the larger EQS SUV is 5125mm long.
The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV will be built alongside the EQS SUV at the German automaker’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant alongside the GLS and GLE, and use batteries produced at a “state-of-the-art factory in Bibb County”.
This ramp-up of battery production follows Mercedes-Benz’s announcement that it’ll go all-electric by 2030, wherever market conditions allow.
The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV could become a critical model for the German automaker as production of the current EQC is reportedly ending in 2023.
It’s unclear if there’s going to be a second-generation EQC as of yet, which could mean the EQE SUV might have to the pick up the slack before a second-generation model launches.
From 2025 Mercedes-Benz will launch three all-electric architectures. The main platform will be MB.EA, which will underpin all medium to large vehicles.
This will be complemented by AMG.EA for performance cars, and VAN.EA that will form the basis for vans and light commercial vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz will also debut the “electric-first” MMA small car platform in 2024.