New Mercedes EQE electric SUV to launch on 16 October

New images reveal the EQE SUV’s interior will feature striking contrasting elements and the triple-screen infotainment system from the flagship EQS

Mercedes EQE SUV interior

Mercedes has confirmed its latest electric SUV will make its world debut on 16 October, providing us with another look inside the more practical, high-riding counterpart to the EQE saloon. The Mercedes EQE SUV is designed to rival large electric SUVs like the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron, BMW iX3, as well as the forthcoming Polestar 3.

The new images showcase the EQE SUV’s ‘MBUX Hyperscreen’ setup, that’ll likely be available as an optional extra on all EQE models. It comprises a single glass panel that stretches across the dashboard and houses a digital driver’s display, central infotainment touchscreen and a third screen for the front passenger. We’ve seen this system before in the EQE saloon and EQS limousine, and it’ll also feature in the EQS SUV

Either side of the dashboard there are turbine-style air vents, while underneath the central screen is a floating centre console separating the front seat driver and passenger. It bridges the gap between where an armrest would be and the dashboard, with a covered storage tray in the middle. We can also see some storage space under the centre console, ambient lighting throughout the cabin and two-tone upholstery – though this is certainly another optional extra.

The only technical details Mercedes has revealed so far about the EQE SUV are that it’ll be available with rear and all-wheel drive powertrains, with the high-performance AMG-tuned version to receive the dual-motor setup. Rear-wheel steering will come as standard, too, which will help when manoeuvring the large SUV around town and improve stability when cruising on the motorway.

We expect the EQE SUV will come with the same 90kWh battery as its saloon sister car, which should be enough to cover around 350 miles in the rear-wheel drive model. Exact range figures will be announced when the car’s revealed on 16 October.

The Mercedes EQE SUV was snapped testing again just a few months ago in high-performance AMG guise on public roads in Germany. When the EQE SUV lands in showrooms in 2023, it’ll sit above the EQA, EQB and EQC in the Mercedes’ SUV range, below only the flagship EQS SUV and the forthcoming electric G-Class due on sale in 2024.

Judging by the latest spy photos of the AMG version (above), as well as earlier pictures of the standard EQE SUV, the car will have a similar front end to its saloon counterpart, with slim LED headlights and a large grille discernable under the camouflage. A tall roofline tapers down to meet the rear end, which itself is likely to feature a full-width LED light bar – just like we’ve seen on the flagship EQS SUV.

Unlike the current GLC-based Mercedes EQC, the EQE SUV will sit on the same dedicated electric-car platform as the EQE saloon and both EQS variants. These underpinnings should prove lighter, more efficient and better for overall packaging than the brand's early EV efforts.

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