The global premiere of the next Mercedes-Benz EQ electric model is just days away now, with the German carmaker teasing the car one last time.
The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV and its high-performance Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV counterpart will both debut at an art installation activation in Paris on October 17 at 5AM AEDT.
The two EQE SUVs will appear alongside the entire range of EQ electric vehicles offered by Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG.
The latest teaser image of the EQE SUV gives a shadowy glimpse of its front end, with styling extremely similar to that of the larger EQS SUV.
This front-on teaser image builds on a previous set of official interior images of the EQE SUV that confirmed it is a five-seater and will be available with the MBUX Hyperscreen.
Mercedes-Benz refers to the EQE SUV as the “multi-purpose variant” of the EQE sedan, and it serves as an all-electric alternative to the internal combustion-powered GLE.
The EQE SUV will be the fourth model built on Mercedes-Benz’s dedicated Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA), following the EQS, EQE, and EQS SUV.
It’s expected the EQE SUV will mirror the drivetrain and battery specifications of the existing EQE sedan.
Currently, the mid-sized 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 total system outputs 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 and 1000Nm of torque with the AMG Dynamic Plus package selected.
All EQE sedan models, at present, come with a 90.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack that, according to 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 five 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 brand 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 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.