New Mercedes EQE is an E-Class for the electric era

MUNICH – The new Mercedes-Benz EQE has been revealed to the world at the IAA present in Munich, and as its identify implies it’s one thing of an E-Class for the electric age. While it doesn’t exchange its inner combustion sibling simply but, the writing is actually on the wall.

The Mercedes-Benz EQE is the second mannequin, after the bigger EQS, to be primarily based round the company’s new EAV2 structure. This implies that not like the smaller Mercedes EQA, EQB and EQC fashions, that are constructed round tailored variations of the present inner combustion automotive platforms, the EQE has been spawned from an structure that’s devoted to electric automobiles.

Mercedes says the new EQE is comparable in measurement to the present CLS and due to the space-efficient platform that locations the batteries at ground degree, the new electric sedan has extra inside room than the present E-Class, with the inside being a complete 80mm longer. The boot capability is listed at 430 litres.

The first variant to hit the streets shall be the EQE 350, which has a 215kW, 530Nm electric motor mounted on the rear axle. Other variants, together with 4Matic all-wheel drive fashions with an extra motor in the entrance axle, will observe at a later stage, as will efficiency fashions with as much as 500kW on faucet.

Providing the juice is a 90kWh battery that permits for a spread of as much as 660km between fees on the WLTP cycle, Mercedes says. A DC field with a charging capability of as much as 170 kW is fitted on board for quick charging by way of direct present. This ought to enable for a fast 15-minute cost that permits for an further 250km of vary.

The EQE shall be obtainable with the new MBUX Hyperscreen that made its debut on the EQS. This consists of three screens unfold throughout the dashboard underneath a big glass cover that makes them seem as one display. This set-up features a 12.3-inch OLED show for the entrance passenger, who can watch video content material whereas on the transfer. Interestingly, the automotive has a sensor that may detect if the driver is watching this content material as an alternative of the street forward, and if that is the case it routinely dims the content material.

According to Mercedes, the MBUX system has adaptive software that adapts to its consumer and makes personalised solutions for quite a few infotainment and luxury capabilities. Furthermore, the show space of the MBUX Hyperscreen might be personalised with as much as seven totally different profiles. The automotive’s system, with 24 GB of RAM, might be up to date over the air.

For a cushier trip, patrons can decide for an Airmatic air suspension system with ADS+ adaptive damping, and rear-axle steering is additionally on the choices record and stated to make the massive sedan as manoeuvrable as a compact automotive.

“After the EQS, the EQE is already the second model on our new platform for luxury- and premium-class electric vehicles,” said Mercedes board member Markus Schäfer. “This speed of innovation shows the advantages of the scalable architecture: With the new EQE, we can quickly make the high-tech solutions of our electric flagship EQS available to a wider group of buyers.

“And our production flexibility reaches new heights with the EQE: at the Bremen plant, where the versions for the world market roll off the production line, four other models are already in production.”

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