The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE has been unveiled today, and it continues the German luxury automaker’s push to electrify its lineup. Sitting below the EQS full-size flagship electric luxury sedan, the EQE is basically the E-Class of the EQ range.
From a styling perspective, we’re quite disappointed to see the EQS design template merely shrunken and then finally calling it a day. This is clearly evident wherever you look around the vehicle, with only a few alterations to its proportions to make it look sportier on the smaller sheet metal. At least the optional AMG Line variant (shown in grey) makes the EQE look more distinct compared to the bigger EQS.
Upfront, you get the same faux grille that hides the sensors for the safety and driver assistance systems, though the LED headlights look meaner in the case of the EQE. The rear fascia also features the same LED light bar as the EQS, and the side profile looks practically a photocopy of the EQS. One sure-fire way for you to differentiate the EQS from the EQE is with its dimensions. Measuring at 4,934 mm long, it’s shorter than the EQS at 5,265 mm long.
Unfortunately, it’s the same case with the interior as well, looking merely like a photocopy of the EQS’s. Sure, it is luxurious and high-tech, but it easily comes off as unoriginal. If things continue to go this way, Mercedes-Benz’s EQ range of electric vehicles will merely be small, medium, and large versions of each other.
Because this is the EQE, a number of the stuff from the EQS are optional extras. This includes the 56-inch MBUX Hyperscreen infotainment that debuted in the EQS, rear-axle steering, and air suspension. Instead, you get a smaller screen and steel spring suspension as standard. There are also fewer strips of LED ambient lighting in the EQE’s interior, though as a whole, the design looks largely the same as in the EQS.
For now, the Mercedes-Benz EQE is only available as the EQE 350, which means you get a single electric motor driving the rear wheels, and this motor produces 288 hp and 530 Nm of torque. Mated to a 90.6 kWh battery pack, the quoted range is at 660 km, and the batteries can be topped up from 10 to 80 percent in just 31 minutes on a fast DC charger.
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE is expected to go on sale in mid-2022 in select markets worldwide.