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Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV and EQS SUV debuting this year – report

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Mercedes-Benz’s next ground-up electric vehicles are reportedly launching this year.

Autocar reports the EQE SUV and EQS SUV will be introduced in Europe and the UK late in 2022.

Mercedes-Benz has reportedly developed them in tandem with the aim of launching them within six months of each other.

The EQS SUV will reportedly make its production debut first, possibly at April’s Beijing motor show, and will be the only one to offer three rows of seating.

The range will reportedly use a 108kWh lithium-ion battery pack and dual-motor all-wheel drive, with a range-topping EQS 580 SUV, like the EQS 580 liftback, producing 385kW of power and 855Nm of torque.

The EQE SUV could debut at the Guangzhou motor show in November, and will reportedly use a 90.6kWh battery and either single-motor rear-wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel drive.

The range will reportedly open with the EQE 350 SUV, producing 214kW and 530Nm.

In the EQE 350 sedan, this powertrain has a claimed driving range of between 545 and 660km on the WLTP test cycle. Expect range to be slightly lower in the taller, heavier SUV.

Autocar reports the EQS SUV will measure 5160mm long and the EQE SUV 4850mm long. For context, the Mercedes-Benz GLS is 5219mm long and the GLE is 4930mm long.

Both models will likely feature a similar, futuristic interior design to their passenger car counterparts, headlined by the available MBUX Hyperscreen.

This comprises a large, portrait-oriented central touchscreen, a digital instrument cluster, and a passenger-side display, all in one full-width housing.

Mercedes-AMG versions of both SUV models are likely, plus a Mercedes-Maybach version of the EQS SUV that could wear the EQS 600 SUV name.

The EQS SUV has already been previewed in Mercedes-Maybach concept form at the 2021 Munich motor show with a claimed range of 600km.

The two SUVs will be underpinned by Mercedes’ dedicated Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA), shared with the EQE sedan and EQS liftback, which uses a 400V electrical architecture.

Mercedes says it’s working on an 800V electrical architecture for its future EVs.

EVA-based cars support DC fast charging up to 170kW, as well as single- and three-phase AC charging up to 22kW.

Autocar also reports the EQE SUV and EQS SUV ranges will start at £75,000 and £90,000 in the UK ($143,000 and $171,000).

The GLE and GLS ranges open at £65,550 and £85,630 there, or around $125,000 and $163,000 in Australian currency.

In Australia, the GLE and GLS ranges start at $115,781 and $164,151 before on-road costs, respectively.

The EQE SUV and EQS SUV will enter production at the company’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant alongside the petrol and diesel-powered GLE and GLS SUVs.

Our spy photographers have captured both the EQE SUV and EQS SUV testing, revealing the two crossovers will wear similarly curvaceous, aerodynamic styling to their passenger car counterparts.

Mercedes-Benz already offers three electric SUVs, two of which are currently sold here: the EQA, EQB and EQC, based on the internal combustion-powered GLA, GLB and GLC, respectively.

An electric G-Class was previewed last year with the EQG concept.

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