Today, another Mercedes-EQ model joins the family: the EQE. Seen in photography, it can be difficult to distinguish it from the EQS, especially if the car is not around dimensional references, because the EQE uses the same elements and also the platform that define its appearance.
It features a “one-arch” exterior design, forward-facing cabin, body overhangs reduced to a minimum, black front “grill” and muscular rear shoulders.
But the silhouette works better than the EQS and that’s certainly to do with its more compact dimensions.
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The new EQE is a four-door saloon (tailgate and fixed rear window), while the larger EQS, despite the identical silhouette, is a five-door (tailgate includes rear window).
From the inside, then, it even becomes more difficult to perceive whether we are inside an EQS or an EQE. This 500 was equipped with the (optional) already famous Hyperscreen, the “largest and smartest” digital screen installed in a car and which integrates the 12.3” instrument panel, the 17.7” OLED multimedia screen and the 12.3” co-pilot under the same slightly curved surface, looking like a single interface.
As standard (and the only choice for the EQE 350+) there is a version equipped with the well-known 12.9” “floating” screen for infotainment and a 12.3” digital instrument panel.
Technological sophistication reaches the point of allowing the front passenger to watch dynamic content (such as streaming video or TV while the vehicle is in motion) thanks to an intelligent blocking logic, based on a camera that recognizes if the driver is looking at the vehicle. passenger’s screen, and if caught red-handed, the system automatically dims the screen for the driver.
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The head-up display (plus one extra…) has a diagonal of 29”, projecting a virtual color image, which seems to float above the hood, 4.5 m in front of the car.
To prevent each trip from becoming a flood of data and information — in some cases in duplicate or even triplicate — it is recommended that the user invest some time in configuring all the displays, screens and panels, even to translate into a less stressful experience when steering wheel, even though Mercedes ensures that all the most important data for driving are easily accessible.
Very spacious interior, small suitcase
As is always the case with «born» electric cars, the EQE is «small» on the outside and big on the inside. That is, the interior is much wider than that of an E-Class with a combustion engine, which is only 1.1 cm shorter in length but has an 18.1 cm shorter wheelbase — the EQE has 313.2 cm. cm between axles, 9 cm less than on the EQS.
For example, the EQE is 2.7cm wider at the front and the rear legroom is increased by 8cm, plus the seats are 6.5cm higher due to the EQE’s floor-mounted battery pack.
What stands out is the volume of the trunk. At just 430 liters it is much lower than the E-Class (540 liters), but it is also much less than a Tesla Model 3 (542 liters) or a BMW i4 (470 liters), which are much smaller cars.
More maneuverability and better handling… optional
The steered rear axle is also part of the options list, with two variants, one with 4.5º rotation of the rear wheels and the other with 10º rotation.
In the latter case, the EQE becomes really easier to manoeuvre, with a reduction in the turning circle from 12.5 m (without steered rear axle) to 11.6 m with a 4.5º rear axle, and to 10, 7 m with rear axle at 10º of rotation. You can even feel the rear of the car turning «by itself» and that explains how the EQE can complete a full lap in the same space as a Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
The suspension (multilinks on both axles) can include air springs and electronic variable dampers — plus an extra… — that control the individual response in each wheel during the compression and expansion phases.
The Airmatic suspension maintains a constant ground clearance, regardless of vehicle load, but also varies it. In Sport mode, ground clearance is reduced by 20 mm above 120 km/h to reduce aerodynamic drag and increase stability. Below 80 km/h, it returns to the starting position. Up to 40 km/h we can raise the ground clearance by 25 mm at the touch of a button and above 50 km/h it returns to normal height.
A system of sensors and algorithms defines the response of the shock absorbers according to the type of road to ensure that, for example, when one of the wheels passes over an irregularity, the resulting movement is not completely transmitted to the axle and, consequently, to the interior of the wheel. passenger compartment and occupants.
3+1 levels of regeneration
As with the EQS, there are three levels of regenerative braking — D+, D and D- — which the driver selects via steering wheel-mounted paddles or, alternatively, can simply decide to let the system work itself in the DAuto position.
The strongest level of regenerative braking (D+) makes it possible to ride almost without touching the left pedal; the weakest (D-) lets the car roll as if in neutral.
In urban driving areas, it was possible to take advantage of the energy being sent back to the battery, with three clear advantages: increased autonomy, smoother driving (since deceleration is anticipated and takes longer) and often avoids using the brake pedal to which the Mercedes engineers have not yet been able to give a progressive answer (the first third of the pedal stroke generates almost no deceleration).
Other solutions shared with the EQS are the hood that only the technicians of the German brand can open, a special air filter inside, door handles that are flush with the body when not needed and doors with electric opening/closing.
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Voltage limited loads
The maximum direct current (DC) charging capacity is 170 kW, taking up to 15 minutes to inject an additional range of 250 km (about 35.6 kWh) into the EQE’s battery.
Unlike Porsche or Hyundai and Kia, which leveled up to 800V architectures, Mercedes-Benz stayed at 400V, compensating a bit with a thermal management system so that the batteries can be cooled or heated with the car in motion, allowing you to reach a fast charging station and make the most of the available charging power.
When using alternating current (AC), charging can be done at 11 kW (standard) or 22 kW (optional), fully charging in 8h25min or 4h25min, respectively. The battery warranty is 10 years or 250,000 km, whichever comes first.
The first kilometers behind the wheel of the EQE 500 4MATIC took place in Frankfurt, during a rainy and even snowy day, which did not help the autonomy. The 500 4MATIC combines a 145 kW (197 hp) front engine and a 215 kW (292 hp) rear engine, for a total system power of 300 kW (408 hp), less than the sum of the parts due to engine limitations. drums.
The conditions on the day of the test were not ideal to obtain the best records of consumption and autonomy, but for this very reason, it made it possible to verify the effectiveness of the entire drivetrain and battery management.
The route consisted of a mix of city, national roads with some curves and highway. And although the braking moments were more frequent (taking advantage of the energy recovery potential of 186 kW) than they would have been when driving on dry asphalt, and the accelerations were less strong, we ended up with an average of 23 kWh/100 km, 70% battery charge and range of 292 km.
That means the EQE would cover a total projected distance of 391km to 417km on full battery charge, still well short of the advertised range of 503km to 590km (still subject to final homologation).
Fast, comfortable, stable
The EQE 500 is a very fast car (even at close to 2.5 tonnes) and that’s no surprise being an electric car.
The batteries weigh around 600 kg, are placed in the underside of the car and help to lower the center of gravity.
Even without official figures, it is known that it can reach a top speed of 210 km/h and that it will be able to complete the acceleration from 0-100 km/h in a time marginally under five seconds. The all-wheel drive helps that the immediate delivery of 858 Nm of maximum torque can be digested without excessive loss of drive.
The steering is quite direct and fast (only 2.1 turns from top to top) becoming heavier when we switch from Eco and Comfort modes to Sport.
Something similar can be said about the suspension response, depending on the mode selected: Comfort provides the best «bone insulation» and when the asphalt was smoother in more winding areas, Sport mode managed to contain the body roll more effectively. . But the comfort level is, as you would expect, always very high.
On highways, at high cruising speeds, taking advantage of the liberal German highways, it was possible to appreciate the usefulness of the sound insulation measures that the Mercedes-Benz engineers adopted, which is of the utmost importance, as there is no noise from the combustion engine. to «hide» tire and aerodynamic noises from different sources.
If silence is really your favorite type of sound, you might want to consider the “Acoustic Comfort Package”, which means the EQE gets laminated side windows and a greater amount of sound-absorbing material.
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Mercedes-Benz EQE 500 4MATIC ELECTRIC MOTOR Motor 2 electric motors, one per axle Power Motor 1: 145 kW (197 hp); Engine 2: 195 kW (292 hp); Maximum combined: 300 kW (408 hp) Maximum combined torque: 858 Nm BATTERY Type Li-ion Total Capacity: ND; Useful: 90.6 kWh TRANSMISSION 4-wheel drive Gearbox Reduction gearbox with one ratio (one per engine) CHASSIS Suspension FR: Independent with 4 arms; TR: Independent Multi-link Brakes FR: Vented discs; TR: Ventilated Discs Steering/Turning Diameter Electric assistance; 12.5 m (11.6 m and 10.7 mc/rear axle steered at 4.5º and 10º, respectively) No. of steering wheel turns 2.1 DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES Comp. x Width x Alt. 4946 mm x 1961 mm x 1510 mm Wheelbase 3120 mm Luggage compartment 430 l Mass 2450 kg (estimated) Wheels ND PERFORMANCE, CONSUMPTION, EMISSIONS Maximum speed 210 km/h 0-100 km/h 4.9s (estimated) Combined consumption 21, 1-17.8 kWh/100 km (provisional) Range 503-590 km (provisional) CO2 emissions 0 g/km Charging Maximum charging power DC 170 kW Maximum charging power AC 11 kW (22 kW optional) Charging times 0 -100%, 11 kW (AC): 8h25min;
0-100%, 22 kW (AC): 4h25min;
0-80%, 170 kW (DC): 32min.
Note: Price indicated is the estimated price.