The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV could be the most important model in the company’s EV roll out.
And our spy photography agency has spotted these cars on a truck in Germany. They look to be crash test vehicles, with one showing damage on the bonnet and front bumper.
As we’ve noted before, the company’s soft, round, almost blobby design for the EQE and EQS sedans has been carried through to the EQE SUV.
The crossover’s proportions, namely its greater height and upright tailgate, should result in a more pleasing design.
While the sedans have frameless door windows, and clamshell bonnets which cut down distractingly into the wheel arch, the EQE SUV has fully framed windows and a more traditional bonnet design.
Like the closely related EQE sedan, as well as the larger EQS and EQS SUV, the EQE SUV rides on the all-electric MEA platform.
Mercedes-Benz has yet to confirm which drivetrains will be offered on the EQE SUV, but we would be surprised if they differ greatly from those available on the EQE.
At present the mid-size electric sedan is available as the EQE 350 with a 215kW electric motor driving the rear wheels.
Next step up is a AMG EQE 43 4Matic, which has two electric motors, all-wheel drive, and a total system output of 250kW and 858Nm. This cuts the sedan’s 0-100km/h time to 4.2 seconds.
At the top of the pile is the AMG EQE 53 4Matic+, which has a two-motor system with 460kW and 950Nm, meaning the tonne can be hit in 3.5 seconds.
All models, at present, come with a 90kWh battery pack that, according to the WLTP testing regime, has a driving range of between 518km and 660km depending on the drivetrain its coupled to.
Spy photos from 2020 indicate the EQE SUV will have an interior that’s largely shared with its sedan sibling.
Top-spec EQE sedans feature the MBUX Hyperscreen system, which has a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 17.7-inch central touchscreen, and a 12.3-inch passenger-side touchscreen all living under a single glass housing.