The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV has been spied again, this time without the underbody cladding seen on earlier prototypes.
It will be the fourth Mercedes-Benz car based on a dedicated electric car platform, and could be launched as early as next year.
While there may be no shared panels, there will be a lot of design commonality between the EQE SUV and the recently unveiled EQE sedan, as well as the larger EQS and EQS SUV.
Up front there will be a big black non-functional “grille” flanked wedge-shaped headlights.
The side profile features a taller roof line, a lower character line sweeping up dramatically near the rear wheel arch, and flush-fitting pop-out door handles.
We can’t tell for sure, but the styling theme established by the EQE and EQS sedans may gel together better on the tall-roof crossovers.
While the design of the EQE and EQS hasn’t exactly set the hearts of internet commenters aflutter, the sedans are impressively aerodynamic. In its slipperiest form the EQS has a coefficient of drag of just 0.20.
Photos from 2020 show the EQE SUV will have an interior that’s almost a straight lift out of the S-Class, with a large infotainment screen rising out of the centre tunnel.
If the EQE sedan is anything to go by, an MBUX Hyperscreen setup will also be available featuring a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 17.7-inch central touchscreen, and a 12.3-inch passenger-side touchscreen all under a single glass housing.
Under the skin, the EQE SUV rides on the all-electric MEA platform, but the company has yet to confirm which drivetrains will power the EQE SUV.
The EQE sedan, which was unveiled in early September, will initially be available with two drivetrain options: a dual-motor all-wheel drive model, and the entry-level EQE 350 with a 215kW electric motor driving the rear wheels.
With a 90kWh battery, the EQE 350 will have a driving range between 545 and 660km under the WLTP testing regime.
MEA-based cars support DC fast charging up to 170kW, as well as single- and three-phase AC charging up to 22kW.
The EQE SUV will probably be unveiled in 2022, but only after the larger and more expensive EQS SUV makes its debut.