Mercedes-Benz has announced the launch of its all-electric EQE SUV. It is a multi-purpose variant of its EQE executive saloon, though more compact, with a 3030mm wheelbase.
The modular drive concept enables the EQE SUV to offer maximum total drive outputs ranging from 215 to 300 kW. Depending on the vehicle equipment and configuration, European models can achieve Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) ranges of up to 590km.
The vehicle’s lithium-ion battery consists of 10 modules, and Mercedes’ in-house battery management software can be updated over-the-air (OTA). Several driver assistance systems have been added, including attention assist, active brake assist, active lane keeping assist, parking package with reversing camera and speed limit assist. The chassis of the new EQE SUV comprises a four-link suspension at the front and an independent multi-link suspension at the rear. To increase ground clearance, the vehicle level can be raised by up to 30 millimetres.
The EQS SUV has a rigid passenger compartment, special deformation zones and restraint systems. The European version of the EQE SUV can detect whether the rear seats are actually occupied. If a passenger in the rear is not wearing a seat belt, the driver receives a specific warning. The occupant presence reminder can indicate children who may have been overlooked in the rear of the vehicle. In vehicles for Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada, this system is on board as standard.
With adaptive software, the MBUX display and operating system makes personalised suggestions for numerous infotainment, comfort and vehicle functions. Situational and contextual applications are offered at the top level in the field of view. The system uses an intelligent, camera-based blocking logic that recognises if the driver is looking toward the front passenger display. If this is the case, the system automatically dims the dynamic content for security reasons.
Heat and Sound
The EQE SUV features a climate control system and heat pump as standard. Waste heat from the electric drive (inverter and electric motor) and also the high-voltage battery can be used to heat the interior. This reduces the draw on battery power for the heating system, increasing the range. The interior hosts holistic sound staging, with a variety of soundscapes available.
The EQE SUV achieved a cd value of 0.25 when fitted with a 19 inch wheel/tyre combination and running- boards.
Since June 2022, Mercedes have offered three new charging tariffs in Europe: Charge S for occasional chargers, Charge M for normal chargers and MCharge L for frequent chargers. With the plug & charge function, the EQE SUV can also be conveniently charged.
A number of additional feature have been added, including the projection of auxiliary markings or warning symbols, a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and Dolby Atmos sound format.
Production of the EQE SUV will start at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in December, with batteries supplied from its factory in nearby Bibb County. As of 2022, all of Mercedes-Benz’s own passenger car and van plants worldwide have achieved CO2– neutral production as part of their eco-balance – including the two Mercedes-Benz plants in Alabama.