Harry Leahey

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Mercedes has unveiled an SUV version of its opulent EQE saloon, which is offered with a variety of all-electric powertrains plus a range-topping 677bhp AMG version. 

The entry level EQE 350+ comes with rear-wheel drive, and a claimed WLTP range of 367 miles (590km). It makes 288bhp and 565 Nm of torque from its single electric motor. 

The mid-range option is the four-wheel drive EQE 350 4Matic, providing a range of 346 miles (558km). Though power remains the same as the 350+, the 350 4MATIC benefits from an additional 200 Nm of torque and a secondary motor.

Also with four wheel drive is the EQE 500 4MATIC, the highest trim level from the non-AMG variants. It offers a 340-mile range (547km), 402bhp and 853 Nm of torque.

There are two additional AMG versions which boast more power and sportier looks. 

The EQE 43 4MATIC SUV makes 469bhp and 858 Nm of torque - enough to accelerate  from 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds. In terms of range, the 53 4MATIC is claimed to deliver up to 303 miles on the WLTP cycle. 

Lastly is the flagship 53 4MATIC+, which houses an AMG-developed six-phase electric motor setup making 617bhp and 950 Nm of torque. Should the optional AMG Dynamic Plus Package be selected, output is raised to 677bhp and 1000Nm of torque. 

With the Dynamic Plus package and Race Start mode selected, the 53 4MATIC+ will complete the 0-62mph sprint in 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds, before reaching its top speed of 149mph. Power is planted to all four wheels via a fully variable 4Matic+ four-wheel drive system, which is capable of monitoring the delivery of power 160 times per second. 

On a WLTP range, the 53 4MATIC+ is claimed to offer a maximum range of 292 miles. 

Battery specifications remain the same as the EQE Saloon, which is currently powered by a 90.6kWh battery with support for charging at up to 170Kw.  

The interior of the EQE SUV resembles that of the saloon version, featuring the optional MBUX Hyperscreen setup, involving three high-definition displays which span across the dash. With the Hyperscreen setup selected, the front passenger has a 12.3-inch OLED display running its own independent interface. 

The displays run Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system, which supports casule voice commands as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Externally, the car also borrows some design cues from the saloon, including the full-LED light bar at the back. However, the AMG versions gain a Panamerica-style grille, which has now become synonymous with AMG models, as well as exclusive wheel designs. 

Unlike the normal EQE models, which come with steel suspension and adaptive damping, the AMG versions come with the upgraded air suspension setup as standard. 

Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but expect it to fall below the larger £130,000 ESQ SUV when it goes on sale early next year. 

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Harry Leahey 29/12/22