The American-built electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz will go on sale in Australia in September this year and will feature four variants to choose from
Pricing begins at $134,900 before on-road costs for the entry-level EQE 300 variant and expands right through to $189,900 before on-road costs for the flagship AMG-fettled EQE 53 4Matic+.
All up, there will be four variants offered in Australia, however the overseas AMG EQE 43 will not be offered locally.
Mercedes-Benz says that the EQE SUV has a shorter wheelbase than the EQE sedan and measures in at 4863mm long, 1940mm wide and 1686mm tall and has a 520-litre luggage capacity.
Interestingly, the new Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is being built in Alabama, USA, rather than in Europe.
Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed to Chasing Cars that its latest electric SUV will go on sale locally in September 2023.
Starting with the entry-level EQE 300, this variant is rear-wheel drive and is powered by a 180kW/550Nm electric motor connected to a 89kWh battery pack.
Standard equipment for the EQE 300 includes the following:
Stepping up into the Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 4Matic, owners will receive a dual-motor powertrain that produces 215kW/765Nm and can accelerate to 100km/h in a claimed 6.3 seconds.
Adding to the specification of the EQE 300, the 350 4Matic includes a transparent bonnet feature (providing a view under the vehicle thanks to cameras).
Mercedes-Benz Australia says it will offer the next variant, the EQE 500 4Matic, for a limited time from launch only. The 500 4Matic gains a slightly larger battery pack (90.6kWh) but much higher outputs of 300kW/858Nm. The brand says the sprint to 100km/h is a claimed 4.7 seconds.
Mercedes-Benz says that the specification of the 500 4Matic is identical to the 350 4Matic.
Lastly, Mercedes will offer an AMG variant of the EQE SUV called the 53 4Matic+. This variant will use a 460kW/950Nm dual-motor setup that is capable of sprinting to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds.
The EQE 53 SUV adds the following features to the standard specification:
An AMG Dynamic Plus package is available for $7400, which includes:
Mercedes-Benz says that if battery temperature and state of charge are suitable, maximum power and torque can be increased “briefly”, however it does not state how much the change is.
The claimed 0-100km/h sprint time can drop to as little as 3.5 seconds with Race Start activated.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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