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The just-revealed Mercedes-Benz EQE all-electric luxury sedan has been confirmed to arrive in Australian showrooms in the second half of next year, bringing revolutionary styling changes and the debut of the brand’s EVA2 electric underpinnings.
The EQE will slot into the brand’s EQ electric family below the EQS, and sports a range of up to 660km on the WLTP cycle from a 90kWh battery pack in the launch EQE 350 variant.
The EQE appears to inherit design elements from the CLA and CLS range, with more curvy edges and shorter overhangs than the traditional E-Class sedan. In fact, the EQE is said to be closest in dimensions to the CLS. Inside the electric sedan inherits a screen-laden interior and latest version of MBUX as seen in the larger EQS.
Mercedes says this ‘Hyperscreen’ setup, which is 141cm wide, has haptic feedback elements behind the touch surfaces, as well as software which can ‘learn’ user preferences. Special attention has been given to ensure users need to scroll through no extra menu levels to operate the car’s most essential functions. The screen is distortion free and able to be viewed at any angle from inside the vehicle. Mercedes also says it has a special easy-clean coating.
The interior space is larger than the current E-Class sedan, while offering a higher seating position and more seamless interior design. It will inherit features from the current range, like animated interior lighting profiles, multifunction wheel and rotary vent designs. The EQE has a boot capacity of 430 litres (VDA).
In terms of charging, the EQE can accept up to 170kW allowing fast-charging of 250km in just 15 minutes, or a 10 – 80 per cent charge in 32 minutes.
The EQE sends power to the rear wheels via an electric motor which produces 215kW/530Nm, and will optionally be fitted with a front motor to allow for all-wheel drive. Both drivetrains have built-in torque vectoring functions, which can be adjusted effectively instantaneously, allowing for better handling characteristics.
It can also be optioned to include four-wheel steering and the usual ‘Airmatic’ air suspension, and its 11kW AC inverter can also be upgraded to 22kW for faster charging at non-DC locations. The EQE is claimed to consume between 15.7 and 19.3kWh/100km on the WLTP cycle.
Safety-wise the electric sedan will have the current refinements including advanced auto emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, as well as a new driver monitoring feature courtesy of interior cameras.
Mercedes says further functionality for the car’s onboard systems can be added in the future via over-the-air updates.