Mercedes-Benz SA is pushing on with its electric vehicle (EV) onslaught. At the very end of 2022 we attended an event where we got a brief taste of the (then) full range of Mercedes-EQ models. The imminent introduction of the Mercedes-EQ EQE will grow the portfolio a further 20 per cent this year.
“2023 is an extremely important year for the Mercedes-EQ offensive in South Africa,” says Mark Raine, Co-CEO of Mercedes-Benz South Africa. “Alongside the EQA, EQB, EQC and EQS, we’re introducing the all-new, avant-garde EQE. This business saloon cements our reputation as a manufacturer of class-leading, technologically advanced luxury vehicles in the EV space.”
Mercedes-EQ models have a few common design elements. Among them are the completely closed off front section between the headlamps, a smooth-finish exterior and aero-optimised alloys. The EQE has all those design traits. The EQE also shares the same bowed roofline and generous wheelbase as the EQS. Mercedes representatives say that this is the most streamlined model on offer from the automaker at the moment.
Mercedes-Benz SA will offer two versions of the EQE at the time of launch. The models are badged EQE350 and AMG EQS43 4Matic. The regular version has 215 kW/565 N.m from a single electric motor mounted on the rear axle. The AMG version has 350 kW/858 N.m provided by a motor on each axle.
Mercedes press material says that the 350 can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6,4 seconds. The more powerful variant can complete the same test in 4,2. The top speed of both versions is quoted as 210 km/h.
Interestingly, both variants are powered by a massive 90,56 kWh battery pack. This means that the EQE350 can travel 645 km on a full charge while the added power of the AMG version means that number drops to 535 km.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to drive the newcomer. Mercedes-Benz SA is still concluding local homologation tests. There should be a press unit for us to experience first hand after the cars go on sale at the end of this quarter.