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This is going to be epic.

Slotting below the EQS, the Mercedes EQE made its world debut last month at the 2021 Munich Motor Show. At the time, the EQE was only shown as the sedan, but, like the EQS, it will gain an SUV sibling. For the first time, our spy photographers have caught Mercedes testing the new EQE SUV outside the Nurburgring.

When it launches, this will be Mercedes' answer to the BMW iX. At this stage of development, the prototype is completely camouflaged, but what's immediately clear is how much smaller the EQE SUV is than the EQS SUV. You could almost mistake it for the EQC.

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Compared to the EQS SUV, the front and overhangs are shorter, the hood is lower, and there's a gently sloping roofline, giving the EQE a sportier and more planted appearance. Although this is our first sighting, the EQE prototype is already fitted with production lights and features flush door handles.

Our spies were unable to look inside, but interior tech from the EQE sedan should carry over. Yes, this means the EQE SUV will be available with Mercedes' cutting-edge 56-inch Hyperscreen. As standard, it'll come with a 12.8-inch display running the MBUX infotainment software and a 12.3-inch driver info display.

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Likewise, the SUV will share the same electric motor and battery options as the sedan, including a rear-mounted electric motor producing 288 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque and a 90-kWh battery offering a 410-mile range based on the generous WLTP standard. Expect America's EPA range estimate to be lower. This setup enables the EQE sedan to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds and top out at 130 mph, but, inevitably, the heavier SUV will be slightly slower.

More powerful variants will be available with AWD. Since the prototype looks nearly ready for production, we're expecting the EQE SUV to debut in the first half of 2022 and go on sale later next year.

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