Numbering among the new additions to the virtual Mercedes pressroom is a statement on the automaker’s latest battery-electric performance sedan. The most recent in the ‘EQ’ lineup is the 2023 EQE, and it joins the EQS and the EQB, which made their inaugural appearances in the 2022 model year.
Mercedes introduced the EQE in the late summer of last year, at around the same time it released an imaginative rendered landscape for its EQG G-Class concept. The most recent press release on the model brings it into deeper focus, however, fleshing out the details and specs.
It also definitively assigns the model to Daimler’s performance-oriented AMG division; it doesn’t appear that Mercedes had made that decision when the initially unveiled the model. The EQE’s competitive companion is the Tesla Model S, and AMG cachet should help its cause.
The variant that will land in the U.S. is the EQE 53 4MATIC+. The variable-AWD EV’s 328-volt drivetrain produces some impressive AMG-grade numbers. A two-motor design—one dedicated to each axle—it puts 677 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque at the beck and call of drivers who opt in on the DYNAMIC PLUS Package and boost option; outfitted with the package, it can launch to 60 in 3.2 seconds, although going without it only adds two-tenths of a second to the time.
As for range, the EQE can be quick-charged with 112 miles of range in 15 minutes; an ‘ECO Charging’ function adds charging time, but increases battery life, and is a must-engage when the car is home for the night or parked for the workday (in a separate statement, Merc calls it a ‘take-it-easy program for the battery’). The individual cells of the 90.6 kWh pack also benefit from a new cooling-and-heating system to maintain optimum temperature for longest life.
AMG 4MATIC+, DYNAMIC SELECT mode selection, and RIDE CONTROL+ with adjustable damping are included in the EQE’s feature set. And, to add the soundtrack of an old-fashioned ICE powertrain to the mix, AMG SOUND EXPERIENCE is included.