The luxury EV sedan arrives priced below its competitors but higher than an E-Class.
The Mercedes EQE Sedan is almost here, preparing to hit showroom floors by the end of 2022. Based on the automaker's EVA2 platform, it's putting vehicles like the Tesla Model S, Audi e-tron GT, and Porsche Taycan dead in its sights. Now we know how much the EQE Sedan will cost and how far it will be able to travel on a charge, and its rivals may have cause for concern.
We've known for a while now that Mercedes had plans to offer the vehicle in Premium, Exclusive, and Pinnacle trims in the same vein as the EQS Sedan's trim structure. The biggest news is for the cheapest EQE, the 350+ Premium, you're looking at a starting price of $74,900 before a $1,150 destination charge. This price undercuts most of the closest competition, and the sedan will offer up to 305 miles of range, according to EPA estimates. More powerful variants will have less range, but exact figures are not confirmed.
Within the three trims, you can choose from the EQE 350+ ($74,900 base), the EQE 350 4Matic ($77,900 base), and the EQE 500 4Matic ($85,900 base). The 350+ is fitted with a 90.6 kWh battery sending power to only the rear wheels. It produces 288 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque, which will be good for a 6.2-second 0-60 mph sprint and a top speed of 130 mph. The 4Matic version employs an additional motor on the front axle but generates the same 288 hp. However, it has more torque at 564 lb-ft, dropping the 60 mph sprint to six seconds dead. The EQE 500 has a dual-motor powertrain with 402 hp and 633 lb-ft and a 0-60 dash of 4.5 seconds.
Stepping up to the Exclusive sees the 350+'s price increase to $77,000, the 350 4Matic's to $80,000, and the 500 4Matic's to $88,000. In fully-specced Pinnacle trim, the EQE 350+ bears an MSRP of $80,500, while the 350 4Matic and 500 4Matic cost $83,500 and $91,500, respectively.
The base Premium trim features a good amount of standard equipment, starting with the MBUX infotainment system with a 12.8-inch OLED multimedia screen and a 12.3-inch driver display.
Mercedes me Charge will allow owners to pay for charging stations (which are factored into your navigation route based on your state of charge and distance planned) through an integrated payment function with the vehicle that will bring transparency to charging prices. They will also benefit from Mercedes's collaboration with Electrify America which affords customers an unlimited number of 30-minute DC fast charging secession for the first two years of account activation.
The vehicle will then offer a pretty expansive set of driver assistance options as standard, such as blind spot assist, active lane keeping assist, LED headlights with high-beam assist, and the Parking Package. A Burmester Sound System will also be standard, along with 64-color ambient light, heated front seats, the KEYLESS-GO Comfort Package, and a panoramic twin-panel sunroof.
The Exclusive Package adds the MBUX Augmented reality for Navigation, Active Ambient Light, and a Driver Assistance package. Finally, the Pinnacle package includes four-zone climate control, an Air Balance Package, a massive head-ip display, the 100W USB-C Package, and a Digital Light Package.
As it stands, we find the EQE to be a rather well-optioned and priced alternative to its rivals. A Tesla Model S, for example, starts at $104,990 with more space and 375 miles of range, while the Audi e-tron GT costs the same with more power but only 236 miles of range. Regardless, as it stands, you're looking at a relative luxury EV bargain, something we can't really say about its AMG EQE sibling.
EQE Sedan figures begin this fall.