When it goes on sale, the EQE will set its sights on the Tesla Model S and Audi e-tron GT.
Next week, the covers will finally come off the production Mercedes EQS two years after the Vision EQS concept was revealed. Mercedes' flagship electric sedan will boast class-leading technology, including a humungous Hyperscreen that stretches along the entire width of the dashboard. With pricing expected to start at over $100,000, the EQS will be the most expensive car in the EQ family.
While the EQS is stealing all the spotlight, Mercedes is also working on another electric sedan: we're talking about the Mercedes EQE, which will be the electric equivalent of the E-Class sedan. As the EQE gets closer to production, our spies have caught Mercedes putting a prototype with less camoflague through its paces in the snow.
In terms of proportions, the EQE is slightly smaller than the EQS. This isn't immediately obvious in the spy shots, but there are some subtle design changes that set the EQE apart including a third brake light located on the trunk. The EQE also has a traditional trunk compared to the EQS, which has a liftback design. Like the EQS, the EQE will be underpinned by Mercedes' dedicated electric MEA platform, allowing it to have more cabin space than the combustion-powered E-Class.
We don't get a look inside the cabin so it remains to be seen if the massive 55-inch Hyperscreen will be offered in the EQE, but we suspect it will be reserved for the flagship EQS. As standard, the EQE will be equipped with a fully digital instrument cluster and a large portrait touchscreen.
As for the technical specifications, the EQE is expected to be offered with two electric motors, with one driving the front wheels and another at the back for an all-wheel-drive setup. Mercedes has confirmed the EQS will have up to 478 miles of range, but the EQE will likely have a lower range since it slots below the flagship EQS. We'll find out more details when the Mercedes EQE is shown at the Munich Motor Show this September.
When it goes on sale in 2022, the Mercedes EQE will set its sights on the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, and the Audi e-tron GT. After the EQE Sedan goes on sale, it will be joined by an SUV variant at a later date.