Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

  • Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV EV launched in Malaysia – EQE500 4Matic AMG Line, 552 km range, RM486k

    Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV EV launched in Malaysia – EQE500 4Matic AMG Line, 552 km range, RM486k

    Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s all-electric EQ range has been expanded further to seven models (and nine variants) with the official introduction of the EQE SUV, the model arriving just over a month after its larger sibling, the EQS SUV, had its local debut.

    Like the EQS, which went on sale here in its range-topping EQS 580 4Matic form, only one variant of the EQE SUV is available for our market, and it’s the top-of-the-line EQE 500 4Matic. The fully-imported five-seater is priced at RM485,888 (on-the-road without insurance, with 10% sales tax).

    The EQE SUV is the fourth model to be built on the brand’s Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA) platform after the EQE and EQS sedans as well as the EQS SUV. Like its sedan sibling, the EQE SUV wears the EQ family face, and the Malaysian model has been specified with Digital Light headlights..

    The local car also features an AMG Line exterior, which adds on an AMG-specific front bumper painted in vehicle colour with the lower section in black. The packages also introduces A-Wing trim in high-gloss chrome as well as flics and fins on the front air inlets in black.

    Additionally, the side skirts are also done in black, while the trim strip on the doors are presented in high-gloss chrome. At the back, you’ll find an AMG-specific rear apron painted in the vehicle colour with the lower section in black, as well as inserts at the rear in high-gloss chrome. Completing the look are 21-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels and aluminium-look illuminated running boards with rubber studs.

    In its EQS 500 guise, the SUV features a dual-motor set-up that offers 408 PS (402 hp or 300 kW) and 858 Nm of twist. The motors are juiced by a 10-module 90.6 kWh, 400-volt lithium-ion battery, which provides up to 552 km of travel (WLTP). Performance figures for the 2,560 kg offering include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4.9 seconds and a 210 km/h top speed.

    Like with the EQS SUV, MBM has specified the EQE SUV with a 22 kW AC onboard charger (as standard, it’s 11 kW), making it the second EQ model from the company to be fitted as such here. With 22 kW charging, getting the battery from a 0-100% state of charge takes four hours and 45 minutes.

    With DC fast charging (CCS2 connection) at up to 170 kW, the battery can be filled from a 10% to 80% state of charge in just 32 minutes, the automaker stating that 250 km can be recovered with just 15 minutes of charging at the maximum rate.

    Similar to the EQS SUV, the MY-spec EQE SUV comes equipped with an Airmatic air suspension with continuously adjustable damping ADS+ dampers as standard. Also to be found, a rear-axle steering with a steering angle of 10 degrees for improved maneuverability.

    The interior of the EQE SUV is virtually identical to the EQE sedan. Unlike the EQS, there’s no Hyperscreen infotainment setup, with the local spec providing a display package consisting of a driver display and OLED central infotainment touchscreen display, a head-up display, pre-installation for navigation services and live traffic information, and MBUX augmented reality for navigation.

    Trim and material specifications for the EQS 500 include an AMG Line interior featuring SUV sports seats with more pronounced seat side bolsters in leather black/space grey and brown open-pore magnolia wood trim elements with aluminium pattern accents, the latter similar to the EQS SUV. As for the centre console, it’s finished with a black fine-structure look, while the headliner is black fabric.

    Standard fitment items for the local car include a Burmester 3D surround system with Dolby Atmos, a panoramic sunroof, AMG floor mats, climatised front seats, active ambient lighting, an Energising package, an Air Balance package, an Acoustic Comfort package as well as a multi-function sports steering wheel finished in nappa leather.

    As for safety and driving assistance systems, the EQS SUV comes equipped with Driving Assistance Package Plus, which includes items such as Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Steering Assist, Evasive manoeuvre support, Pre-Safe Impulse Side as well as rear sensors for the lane departure assistant. The car also gets a Parking Package with 360-degree camera fitted as standard.

  • 2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV – pure EV models with up to 687 hp/1,000 Nm, up to 488 km range WLTP

    2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV – pure EV models with up to 687 hp/1,000 Nm, up to 488 km range WLTP

    Alongside the debut of the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV comes its high-performance sibling, the Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV. Mercedes-AMG pitches these as the first fully electric performance SUV models from the brand, joining other high-performance models such as the Mercedes-AMG EQS and Mercedes-AMG EQE.

    Visual cues on the exterior for both AMG EQE SUV variants are the AMG-specific black grille panel with chrome vertical struts, and the body-coloured AMG front apron. Air diffusers on both sides direct air around the front wheels, while the rear end gets an aero-optimised diffuser and longitudinal fins.

    Like its sedan sibling, the Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV debuts with two variants; the EQE43 4Matic and the EQE53 4Matic+. As such, the electric SUV’s dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain mirrors those of the EQE sedan, where the SUV’s 43 4Matic variant outputs 476 hp and 858 Nm of torque to offers a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h.

    Those who demand more from their tall-riding electric AMG can plump for the EQE53 4Matic+ SUV, which outputs 626 hp and 950 Nm of torque from its dual-motor AWD powertrain, or 687 hp and 1,000 Nm when specified with the AMG Dynamic Plus package. In the more potent form of the latter, 0-100 km/h is achieved in 3.5 seconds, and top speed is 240 km/h (220 km/h without).

    Both the Mercedes-AMG EQE43 4Matic SUV and EQE53 4Matic+ SUV employ lithium-ion batteries rated at 90.6 kWh of usable capacity, and with a maximum recuperation capacity of 260 kW. Both variants, too are rated to take DC charging at up to 170 kW which will bring an added 170 km of range from just 15 minutes of recharging. Meanwhile, AC charging is 11 kW as standard, or 22 kW as optionally specified.

    The EQE43 4Matic gets up to 488 km of range on the WLTP protocol, while the more powerful EQE53 4Matic+ gets up to 470 km of range.

    Vehicle characteristics in EQE43 4Matic and EQE53 4Matic+ can be configured through the AMG Dynamic Select drive modes, which limits available output in varying degrees depending on the drive mode selected. These modes consist of Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Race Start without the boost function, which for the EQE43 4Matic is for percentages of output levels of 50%, 85%, 90%, 100% and 100% respectively.

    2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV – pure EV models with up to 687 hp/1,000 Nm, up to 488 km range WLTP

    For the EQE53 4Matic+, these are 50%, 80%, 90%, 100% and 100% respectively, with an added Boost function courtesy of the AMG Dynamic Plus package that offers 110% of its rated power for the highest 687 hp output figure available from this model.

    Suspension for the AMG variants of the EQE SUV feature AMG Ride Control+ with adaptive damping, which controls the four-link front and multi-link rear suspension configurations. These get AMG-specific wheel carriers, suspension links and anti-roll bars with greater rigidity, and the rear axle carrier is mounted via bearings that are 50% stiffer.

    Developers of the AMG EQE SUV variants gave the sportier EV models a wider range of suspension stiffness between the sportiest and most comfort-oriented modes through a wider spread between the minimum and maximum damping forces available. In the S and S+ drive modes, ride height is lowered by 15 mm compared to when the vehicle is stationary, while drive mode C raises the suspension below 80 km/h, and lowers the car from 120 km/h upwards.

    2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV – pure EV models with up to 687 hp/1,000 Nm, up to 488 km range WLTP

    Both AMG variants get rear-wheel steering as standard, where a rear-axle steering angle of up to nine degrees enables a turning circle of 10.9 metres, says Mercedes-Benz; the rear wheels steer opposite to the front wheels at speeds below 60 km/h. Exclusive to the EQE53 4Matic+ is AMG Active Ride Control, which brings electromechanical active roll stabilisation.

    According to Mercedes-Benz, advantages over a purely mechanical suspension setup include an even wider spread between comfort and sportiness, more precise body control and reduced body roll, improved straight-line comfort due to the ability to manage one-sided road bumps, significantly quicker response and lower component weights compared to hydraulic systems. Rolling stock for the AMG EQE43 4Matic SUV and EQE 53 4Matic+ SUV are aero-optimised wheels in 21 and 22 inches of diameter.

    The interior brings the sportier AMG ambience through Artico synthetic leather and Microcut microfibre with red stitching, while alternatively available is Nappa leather also with AMG graphics on the seats. The driver gets the AMG Performance twin-spoke design flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel, which is also trimmed in Nappa leather.

    Like on the regulation EQE SUV, the AMG versions are also home to the optional Hyperscreen multi-display setup for the MBUX infotainment system. AMG-specific equipment include access to the AMG Dynamic Select drive modes, and visuals include an AMG-specific screensaver.

    Here, the AMG Track Pace software can permanently record vehicle-specific data across more than 80 parameters including speed and acceleration, and can also keep track of lap and sector times on a circuit. These are shown on the multimedia display, the instrument panel and on the optional head-up display.

    In place of traditional sounds from an internal combustion engine, the AMG versions of the EQE SUV are outfitted with the AMG Sound Experience that brings the electric AMG aural experience through additional speakers, a bass actuator and a sound generator. These sound signatures can be driver-selected through ‘Balanced’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Powerful’ across the drive modes, while AMG Dynamic Plus package additionally includes the ‘Performance’ sound mode.

  • 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV – 90.6 kWh battery; RWD or AWD; up to 408 PS, 858 Nm, 590 km EV range

    2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV – 90.6 kWh battery; RWD or AWD; up to 408 PS, 858 Nm, 590 km EV range

    Mercedes-Benz has revealed the latest member of its EQ line-up and the fourth model to be built on the Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA), the EQE SUV. The all-new, fully electric SUV will be produced at the carmaker’s Tuscaloosa plant in Alabama, United States from December this year, which is also where the larger EQS SUV is being made as of the end of August.

    Referred to as the multi-purpose variant of the EQE that made its debut last September, the EQE SUV competes against other EV SUVs in the market like the BMW iX, Audi e-tron and newly revealed Polestar 3.

    In terms of size, the EQE SUV has a shorter overall length compared to its rivals, measuring in at 4,863 mm, but its wheelbase of 3,030 mm bests the competition; other figures include a width of 1,940 mm and a height of 1,686 mm. Mercedes-Benz points that the EQE occupies a larger footprint by comparison at 4,946 mm long (+83 mm), 1,961 mm wide (+21 mm), 1,512 mm tall (-174 mm) and with a wheelbase of 3,120 mm (+90 mm).

    Like its sedan sibling, the EQE SUV boasts the EQ family face, which features a black panel grille that can be specified with a 3D Mercedes-Benz pattern. This is accompanied by standard LED High Performance headlamps with integrated daytime running lights and a light strip, although customers can choose to upgrade to the fancier Digital Light system that is also found on the EQS, EQS SUV and EQE.

    2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV – 90.6 kWh battery; RWD or AWD; up to 408 PS, 858 Nm, 590 km EV range

    Further down, the front apron is comprised of various air channels that works with the continuous seals in the front area to improve aerodynamics. Other elements that help contribute to the low 0.25 drag coefficient include clean side surfaces, optional running boards, flush-fitting door handles and aero wheels that range from 19 to 22 inches.

    The rear taillights with their illuminated 3D helix design is reminiscent of other EQ models and it has an integrated spoiler that works with the roof spoiler and extensive underbody panelling to further promote efficiency-focused aerodynamics.

    The interior of the EQE SUV is nearly identical to the EQE, with the optional MBUX Hyperscreen dominating the dashboard with its 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 17.7-inch central touchscreen and another 12.3-inch touchscreen ahead of the front passenger.

    The MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system comes with a wide range of connected services in addition to things like a digital voice assistant, music streaming (Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music), personalisation and wellbeing functions. There’s also Navigation with Electric Intelligence, which can calculate the estimated charging costs per charging stop and recommend stops to charge along a chosen route corresponding to the time of arrival.

    Users also have access to pre-entry climate control to heat or cool the vehicle prior to departure and a new ‘Serene Breeze’ joins the list of available Sound Experiences. With a Burmester sound system specified, two further options – Silver Waves and Vivid Flux – are available, with more able to be unlocked using over-the-air (OTA) technology.

    Elsewhere, the raised centre console has a storage area underneath with USB ports, while the SUV’s wheelbase and proportions contribute to around one metre of headroom across both seat rows. There’s also 1,030 mm of rear legroom and 520 litres of boot space, the latter expandable to 1,675 litres with the split-folding rear bench folded down.

    Customers can choose from Electric Art and AMG Line equipment lines, but there are plenty of other options to tailor the living space to their tastes, including a catalogue full of different upholsteries and trims.

    As for driving-related matters, the EQE SUV’s chassis is comprised of a four-link suspension at the front and an independent multi-link setup at the rear. Airmatic air suspension with ADS+ adjustable damping is available as an option and can help to increase ground clearance by up to 30 mm, while rear axle steering (also an optional extra) offers up to 10 degrees of steering angle at the rear to reduce the turning circle from 12.3 to 10.5 metres.

    2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV – 90.6 kWh battery; RWD or AWD; up to 408 PS, 858 Nm, 590 km EV range

    A heat pump is included as standard as part of the vehicle’s thermal architecture and works with the battery to keep it at the optimum operating temperature. The 90.6-kWh, 400-volt lithium-ion battery is made up of 10 modules and can be charged via an AC input (Type 2 connection) at up to 11 kW (full charge in 8.25 hours), or optionally, 22 kW (full charge in 4.25 hours).

    There’s also DC fast charging (CCS2 conection) at up to 170 kW, which can get the battery from a 10-80% state of charge in just 32 minutes – 250 km can be recovered with just 15 minutes of charging using this method.

    The battery powers three available variants offered at launch, starting with the rear-wheel drive EQE350+ that has a single electric motor rated 292 PS (288 hp or 215 kW) and 565 Nm and offers a range of between 480-590 km according to the WLTP cycle.

    The next step up is the EQE350 4Matic that adds another electric motor for all-wheel drive and retains the same horsepower count as the EQE350+, but with a lot more torque at 765 Nm. The range takes a hit with this setup at between 459-558 km.

    2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV – 90.6 kWh battery; RWD or AWD; up to 408 PS, 858 Nm, 590 km EV range

    At the very top, just before entering AMG land, is the EQE500 4Matic that also gets dual motors and puts out 408 PS (402 hp or 300 kW) and 858 Nm. Of the three, the range-topper offers the least amount of range at between 460-547 km.

    On models with 4Matic, a Torque Shift function continuously varies distribution of drive torque between the rear and front electric motors to balance performance and efficiency, and the electric motor at the front axle can be completely “decoupled” to maximise range. These models also get an additional Offroad mode in the Dynamic Select system, on top of Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual.

    Mercedes-Benz issues a battery certificate for its high-voltage batteries and guarantees customers of its performance for 10 years or a mileage of 250,000 kilometres with a defined residual capacity. Like other EQ cars, energy recuperation can be set at different levels (D+, D, D- and D Auto), with the most aggressive setting enabling one-pedal driving.

    As for safety and driver assistance systems, Attention Assist, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Parking Package (with a rear-view camera) and Speed Limit Assist are standard kit. Additional systems can be added by specifying the Assistance Package (includes Active Distance Assist Distronic, Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist) or Driving Assist Plus Package (Active Steering Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist, cross-traffic functions, Evasive Steering Assist, Pre-Safe Plus).


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Last Updated May 23, 2024