New 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQE: everything you need to know

Nick Francis

06 Sep 2021

The electrification of Mercedes continues with the reveal of the EQE, an E-Class sized saloon with a range of up to 410-miles. Here’s everything you need to know about this BMW i4 and Tesla Model 3 rival.

> Large electric saloon from Mercedes-Benz revealed at IAA Munich

> Up to 410-miles range

> Singe motor produces 292hp

> AWD versions to follow 

> On sale next year

> Prices expected to start around £60,000

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQE design

It looks pretty similar to the EQS doesn’t it? That’s because the EQE takes the position below the uber-luxury EQS saloon in Mercedes’ EQ electric line-up, offering a slightly more affordable but still premium battery-powered saloon.

Both cars share the swooping roofline which has been designed with aerodynamics in mind, and the solid black panel where a grille would be on a combustion-engined car is a signature design cue, as is the strip light at the back. 

On both cars the front overhang is small because there’s no engine to house, which helps maximise space inside the cabin.

Mercedes has developed special ‘aero wheels’ which have a closed-off design to push air away, which can be optioned in either 19 or 20-inch form.  

While it’s tempting to categorise the EQE as an electric E-Class it actually has a longer wheelbase to make room for a big battery. Again, that means there’s more space inside for passengers. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQE interior and infotainment 

As with the EQS, the attention-grabbing news concerning the EQE’s interior is the option of adding Merc’s new Hyperscreen infotainment system, which uses three screens – two 12.3-inch panels for the driver and passenger and a 17.7-inch touchscreen in the middle.

The Hyperscreen system promises something called ‘zero layer’ access, which essentially means you should be able to find whatever you need on the home screen, rather than search for it via multiple menus. 

But if you don’t fancy a widescreen cinema in your car the standard system uses a 12.3-inch driver’s display and a 13-inch infotainment screen. 

As you might imagine both systems are connected to the hilt and support over-the-air-updates, which means you won’t need to make a trip to the dealership for any upgrades. You can even bolt on fun features such as video games and a combustion engine soundtrack.  

The cabin itself looks typically premium, with plenty of expensive materials wrapping the surfaces and an open, airy feel thanks to the lack of a transmission tunnel. 

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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQE practicality and boot space 

While from the outside the EQE is a similar size to the E-Class, inside it’s bigger. That’s down to the lack of a transmission tunnel that we already mentioned, but also a longer wheelbase. 

Because there’s no engine at the front the cabin could be stretched by a few inches, and the battery is housed in the belly of the car. Mercedes also says there is more shoulder room in the EQE than the E-Class.

Storage in the front of the cabin should be good too – the EQE features a floating centre console which we can see from pictures sits above a large tray to keep things like wallets and phones. 

Not so good, though, is the boot space. At 430-litres it’s over 110-litres smaller than the boot found on the E-Class, and is actually smaller than some hatchbacks like the Skoda Octavia and Honda Civic

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQE batteries, motors and ranges

At launch customers will be able to buy the EQE 350 which uses a single, rear-mounted electric motor producing 292bhp. It’s paired with a 90kWh battery which can offer, Mercedes claims, a very tasty 410-miles of range.

That comfortably beats key rivals like the Tesla Model 3 and BMW i4. 

So far we don’t know anything about the performance figures because Mercedes hasn’t released them yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out. We do know that the EQE 350 supports 170kW charging, which means you can top-up 155-miles of range in just 15 minutes.

Regenerative braking, including a one-pedal setting, help recoup range on the move. 

Mercedes has already confirmed four-wheel drive models will follow at a later stage, as well as a hot AMG version. If the AMG EQS 53 is anything to go by it could produce as much as 761hp via two electric motors, one on each axle. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQE prices and on-sale date 

You will have to wait until 2022 to put your order in for an EQE, but it will probably appear in showrooms pretty early in the year. Mercedes has not revealed any pricing yet, but we expect it to start at around £60,000 for the EQE 350. 

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Nick Francis

06 Sep 2021