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The Mercedes-Benz EQE will be launched in 2022 as an electric executive saloon with a radical new look inspired by the new EQS luxury EV

The new Tesla Model S rival has been spotted lapping the Nurburgring following its official confirmation by Mercedes in early October. The prototype is wearing the same heavy disguise as that shown in images released by the brand, but its relationship with the EQS is much clearer to see. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQE displayed at the Munich motor show

The EQE will bear almost no resemblance to the similarly sized E-Class, instead adopting a steeper front end and a rakish, coupé-style silhouette like that of the EQS, which was revealed last week in Shanghai. We have yet to see the interior, but given the influence of the conventionally fuelled S-Class on models lower down the Mercedes range (the new C-Class shares its infotainment set-up, for example), EQS features will likely trickle down to other EQ saloons.

That means a variation of the flagship limo's 'Hyperscreen' infotainment display is likely to feature, while the new flat-floor EVA architecture should allow for a visibily roomier interior than the E-Class. 

Additional details previewed by this latest sighting include a new-look front end with the badge mounted lower down and the headlights adopting a sleeker, crescent-shaped look. The liftback-style rear end suggests the EQE will offer a larger boot than the saloon-bodied E-Class, and the protruding brake light clusters seen on previous prototypes have been swapped for more conventional wraparound items.

When detailing the EQE in October, Mercedes confirmed that the saloon will spawn an EQE SUV to sit beneath a more luxurious EQS SUV. The trio will pave the way for a new dedicated EV platform for compact and medium-sized models, called the MMA, in 2025, as well as an all-new halo EV claimed to be capable of travelling 750 miles on a single charge. 

Mercedes' vice-president of EV architecture and EQ vehicles, Christoph Starzynski, described the EQE saloon as a “business limousine of the future” that's “slightly smaller than the EQS”. It will be built in China through Mercedes' joint venture with BAIC.

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MkVII Golf GTI 21 April 2021

Mercedes' naming convention for EVs makes no sense. They need to stop naming the SUVs EQA, EQB, EQC, etc. and call them GLA EQ, GLB EQ, or GLC EQ. What happens when they want to produce the EQ C-Class sedan, or if they want an EQ GLS? They're going to have two different EQCs and EQS, and EQAs? Doesn't really work for me. 

Maxi Cooper 1 December 2020

I think this must be a very inefficient time for the car industry, having to produce a whole parallel line of cars just to provide a separate power source. A class, C class, E Class etc, EQA, EQC, EQE...and all the other big manufacturers are doing this too. My limited technical knowledge means I dont understand why one E class cannot be both ICE and Electric, so saving costs on new body work etc. But I can see that this trend to provide 2 different fuel source models for the same customer is diverting development funds away from more fun niche models, so that sports cars, for example are becoming extinct in favour of more fuel choice...I guess when ICE engines are banned, manufacturers will be able to put their money into more varied electric cars... 

xxxx 1 December 2020
Maxi Cooper wrote:

I think this must be a very inefficient time for the car industry, having to produce a whole parallel line of cars just to provide a separate power source.

Because a pure bev chassis designed from the ground up will always be better than a compromised converted ice chassis.

shiakas 1 December 2020

Meanwhile BMW is working on their i7 EV that is a dressed up 7 series...

Sonic 1 December 2020
shiakas wrote:

Meanwhile BMW is working on their i7 EV that is a dressed up 7 series...

Considering the i3 came out 7 years ago, I would have expected them to build a proper BEV by 2018 at latest. It's crazy how far behind they've fallen over the years. Woefully poor management