Mercedes-Benz EQE gives E-Class an all-electric cousin

by 9SIX

Mercedes has revealed its latest all-electric sedan, with the new EQE promising to distill some of the EV magic of the EQS into a more compact body. Effectively the all-electric E-Class, the new car will have similar dimensions to its gas sibling but a much larger cabin, thanks to the new EV platform.

Compared to the EQS, the EQE is shorter, with a shorter wheelbase and truncated overhangs. As with that car, though, there’s plenty of smooth surfacing and minimal cutlines and joints. 19- to 21-inch wheels will be offered.

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There’ll be two versions to begin with, Mercedes says. The EQE 350 will have 288 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque, with the electric drive on the rear axle. A second model, yet to be detailed, will launch at the same time. 4MATIC all-wheel drive versions – adding a second motor on the front axle – will follow later on.

A 90 kWh battery will be standard, though Mercedes isn’t making any range promises yet.

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The driver will get three selectable stages of regenerative braking, along with an automatic option. There’ll also be an ECO Assist mode, with situation-optimized recuperation. That can do things like spot the slowing speed of traffic ahead, and adjust the levels intelligently.

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In the cabin, the MBUX Hyperscreen – with its dashboard-spanning touchscreens and displays – will be optional. A vent band also spans the whole width of the dash, with turbine-design nozzles. Navigation takes into account route, weather, traffic conditions, battery status, and more to figure out when and where you should charge next.

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Options include the Burmester surround sound system, which can be used in two soundscape modes: Silver Waves and Vivid Flux. A third – Roaring Pulse – is available as an OTA download.

Other options include AIRMATIC air suspension with ADS+ adaptive damping. That upgrades the standard four-link front suspension and multilink rear suspension. Rear axle steering – with up to 10-degrees of movement – is available, too. OTA updates will be used to add further features along the EQE’s lifecycle, Mercedes says.

Source: slashgear

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