Mercedes-Benz Singapore has taken the covers off the EQE SUV, just slightly over a year since the model’s global debut. The event, which took place at The Singapore Edition hotel along Cuscaden Road, featured an EQE 300 SUV Electric Art in Polar White (a standard colour) and Manufaktur Alpine Grey Solid (optional).
Quite befitting of its enhanced dynamism, the EQE SUV allows for the activation of additional vehicle functions in the brand’s very own Mercedes Me app via over-the-air technology. The user need only say, “Hey Mercedes” to activate the desired functions.
Another highlight of the EQE SUV interior is the optional MBUX Hyperscreen, which stretches approximately 141cm across the dashboard. It merges three displays – the driver’s display, central display, and front passenger display – to create one seamless visual unit.
At the core of the EQE SUV’s design is safety, with the Driving Assistance Plus Package offered as standard. Part of the package’s features enables the driving assistance system status and activity to be shown on the driver’s display. The car’s system also uses an intelligent camera-based blocking logic that recognises if the driver is looking toward the front passenger display.
Other smart features include the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Steering Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist, and Active Blind Spot Assist. The EQE SUV is also designed to be aerodynamic, as evident from its relatively low drag coefficient value of 0.25.
To help ensure customers enjoy better day-to-day mobility, Mercedes-Benz snuck in additional legroom and headroom as compared to its saloon counterparts. This makes the car one of the most spacious representatives of its class.
Mercedes claims the model will offer high overall performance and a long driving range, thanks to its modular drive concept. Rear-axle steering, which is also standard, helps enhance agility and manoeuvrability.
BATTERY & POWERTRAIN
Both variants of the EQE SUV are powered by a high voltage lithium-ion battery. The 89kWh battery found in the EQE 300 SUV Electric Art variant can be charged at a rapid DC charging rate of up to 170kW. It is rear-wheel drive, and has a powertrain that pushes out 180kW (241bhp) and 550Nm of torque. On a single charge, this variant can hit a WLTP-rated range of up to 565km.
Meanwhile, the 350+ AMG Line sibling has a 90.6kWh battery that similarly supports rapid DC charging at up to 170kW. This variant possesses a dual-motor powertrain capable of sending 215kW (288bhp) and 765Nm of torque to all four wheels. On a single charge, the 350+ AMG Line can cover a WLTP-rated range of up to 589km.
If these figures are not convincing enough to set the two variants apart, those for the century sprint might do the trick. While the EQE 300 can go from zero to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds, the EQE 350+ AMG Line can complete the century sprint in 6.6 seconds.
Battery development is a key factor in Mercedes-Benz’s electrification strategy. Like the EQS SUV, the EQE SUV also utilises a new generation of lithium-ion batteries with a higher energy density.
“While we continue to redefine desirability in this new phase of growth and progress towards electric mobility, the EQE SUV represents a strong vision of the direction we wish to head in – best-in-class driver and passenger engagement and connectivity,” said Mr. Claudius Steinhoff, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Singapore.