Mercedes EQE Looks Ready To Take On The Tesla Model S

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The EQE will slot under the flagship EQS.

Earlier this month, the teaser campaign for the Mercedes EQS shifted up a gear. For the first time, Mercedes showed off the luxury electric sedan's sleek silhouette with no camouflage. A debut date hasn't been announced yet, but the teaser suggests the covers will come off in just a few weeks. Mercedes claims the EQS will be in a class of its own, offering superior cabin space and more advanced technology than any other luxury electric sedan on the market like the Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan.

Consequently, this means it will also be one of the most expensive luxury EVs on the market. Fortunately, Mercedes is also developing the EQE, a smaller electric sedan that will slot below the EQS and have a lower price tag.

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Once again, our spies have spied a prototype of the Mercedes EQE undergoing testing in the snow. This will be the German automaker's answer to the Tesla Model S and the electric equivalent to the combustion-powered Mercedes E-Class sedan. Since the EQE was spied last month, the plastic camouflage has peeled away from the prototype, giving us a clearer look at the sleek production body. It also appears to be fitted with production headlights and taillights.

Not only is the EQE smaller than the EQS, but it also has some subtle styling changes to differentiate it from its bigger brother. Unlike the EQS, the EQE has a regular trunk incorporating a third brake light, whereas the EQS adopts a liftback design. There's also a subtle trunk lid spoiler, suggesting the EQE will look sportier than the EQS.

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With less weight to carry, it should also have more agile handling than the EQS. This will be the second Mercedes EQ model to utilize the new dedicated electric MEA platform after the EQS.

Technical details for the production EQE haven't been confirmed, but it's expected to utilize a dual electric motor setup and be offered with all-wheel drive. This setup produced 469 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque in the Vision EQS. Mercedes has also confirmed the EQS will have a driving range of 435 miles based on the WLTP standard, but the EQE will likely have slightly less power and range. After the EQS allegedly debuts next month, the Mercedes EQE is expected to debut at the Munich Motor Show in September.

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