New 2022 Mercedes EQE confirmed for Munich Motor Show reveal

Mercedes has confirmed that the EQE electric saloon will be unveiled at this year’s Munich Motor Show, and these two new teaser images preview the exterior styling and the cabin of the new EV.

The EQE will go on sale next year, slotting into the Mercedes line-up beneath the S-Class sized EQS and becoming an electric alternative to the E-Class. It’ll also become the first electric executive saloon from a German manufacturer, beating BMW and Audi to the punch.

Mercedes’s new teaser image previews the rear three-quarters of the EQE, showing the electric saloon’s clean surfacing, swooping roofline and full-width LED light bar. However, most of the car’s design features remain hidden behind well-placed shadows and shading.

The car’s interior is heavily influenced by the larger EQS, using a similar dashboard layout to the EQS, though the EQE may not use the same Hyperscreen full-dashboard infotainment system. We can see an integrated digital instrument cluster and portrait infotainment system. We also expect those blue lights around the dash and door cards will change colour depending on which driving mode the car is in.

Our exclusive images give a better indication of how the finished car will look – at least on the outside. Mercedes’s design team will incorporate its EV styling language, which originated with the EQC SUV, into a lower, sleeker saloon.

The EQE’s front end shares the same ultra-slim LED headlamps and blanked-off grille as the EQC. Its rear will be rather more conventional, albeit with some aerodynamically efficient tail lights, which have been designed to clean up the trailing air in the car’s wake, to reduce drag and improve the maximum range figure.

The most notable element of the side profile, meanwhile, is an extremely short rear overhang – a sign of how Mercedes has tried to exploit EVA and the lack of a combustion engine by stretching the wheelbase to its limits in search of better cabin accommodation. No dimensions have been issued, but the EV layout means that the EQE could boast rear legroom comparable to that of the latest S-Class.

New 2022 Mercedes EQE: platform and powertrains

The EQE will be based on Mercedes’s new Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA) – the same platform found under the EQS limo. In the EQS, with its long wheelbase, it supports a battery 107kWh in size, with a maximum claimed range of 478 miles on a single charge.

EVA has been described by Christoph Starzysnki, vice-president for Electric Vehicle Architecture at Mercedes, as “fully scalable”. That means a downsized version of the platform with a smaller battery delivering around 300 to 370 miles of real-world range, will support the EQE and a sister SUV with the same badging.

Multiple motor configurations will be available, with buyers likely being offered a choice of single motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor four-wheel-drive options, with a broad range of power outputs ranging from around 300bhp to more than 700bhp in the flagship AMG model.

Mercedes has been working on an AMG-badged performance powertrain for the EQS saloon for some time now. In the larger saloon, it’ll produce 751bhp – but that figure could easily be dialled back for the smaller EQE saloon. Also, as both cars are based on the same platform, the motors should just bolt straight in.

With regular, non-AMG versions of the EQE, Mercedes won’t chase BMW and Audi on driving dynamics. Our previously spied test mule looks quite softly sprung; the cornering shots revealing how much body roll the platform has, suggesting Mercedes is looking to prioritise comfort over dynamics.

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