Mercedes-Benz has unveiled plans to introduce its EQE SUV in the Indian market on September 15th, adding to their electric vehicle (EV) lineup alongside the EQB SUV and the EQS sedan. The EQE SUV is built upon Mercedes’ electric vehicle architecture (EVA) platform and will be the first of four new EVs to be launched in India by March 2024. The EQE SUV will feature a robust WLTP range of up to 590 kilometers, powered by a 90.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. Charging capabilities include support for up to 170 kW of DC fast charging.
The SUV will offer various configurations and trim levels. The entry-level EQE 350+ will feature a single-motor, rear-wheel drive setup, producing 292 horsepower and 565 Nm of torque, with a WLTP-certified range of up to 590 kilometers. There will also be an EQE 350 4Matic version with all-wheel drive, producing the same horsepower but with 765 Nm of torque and a range of up to 538 kilometers. The top non-AMG trim, the EQE 500 4Matic, will deliver 408 horsepower, 858 Nm of torque, and a range of up to 521 kilometers. Both the EQE 350 4Matic and EQE 500 4Matic will feature dual-motor all-wheel drive systems.
The AMG versions, EQE 43 4Matic and EQE 53 4Matic+, offer even more power and performance. The EQE 43 will provide 476 horsepower and 858 Nm of torque, with a range of up to 488 kilometers. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 210 km/h. The top-of-the-range AMG EQE 53 4Matic+ boasts an impressive 617 horsepower, 950 Nm of torque, a range of up to 490 kilometers, and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 240 km/h.
The exterior design of the EQE SUV reflects the established EQ design language, featuring smooth lines, aerodynamic wheels, and distinctive EV-focused elements. The interior offers a choice of dashboard layouts, with the optional ‘Hyperscreen’ layout accommodating up to three individual displays within a single panel. The regular layout resembles the S-Class with a vertical touchscreen, while the digital instrument cluster is a standalone unit. The MBUX operating system facilitates various functions through speech commands and over-the-air software updates.
In terms of competition and pricing, the Mercedes EQE SUV will rival the Audi Q8 e-tron SUV and the BMW iX in the Indian market, with a starting price point around the range of those competitors. Whether the vehicle will be imported or assembled locally is yet to be confirmed, as Mercedes has not disclosed this information yet.
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