New 2022 Mercedes EQE electric SUV: pictures and details
The new Mercedes electric SUV has been spied testing again ahead of its 2022 launch – it'll join smaller EQC and larger EQS SUVs in the brand's range
Mercedes' next pure-electric SUV, the EQE SUV, has been snapped testing again – this time in winter conditions in northern Sweden. Once unveiled in 2022, the car will sit above the Mercedes EQA, EQB and EQC in the range, while offering a higher-riding alternative to the EQE saloon. The range-topping EQS electric limousine will top the range, as well as getting its own SUV variant.
Speaking at the official launch of the EQS, Mercedes designer Gorden Wagener went into more detail about the EQE SUV and its larger EQS counterpart. "They'll look different in a similar way, as I describe the EQS," he said. "They'll be more seamless, more integrated, more aerodynamic, more futuristic looking – so it'll be a new type of SUV."
Judging by these photos, the SUV version of the EQE will get a similar front end to its saloon counterpart, with slim LED headlights and a large grille discernable under the dazzle camouflage. A tall roofline tapers down to meet the rear end, which itself is likely to feature a full-width LED light bar as found on the EQC.
Unlike the current GLC-based Mercedes EQC, the EQE SUV will sit on the same electrified platform as the EQE saloon and both EQS variants. The new underpinnings should prove lighter, more efficient and better for overall packaging than the brand's first effort.
As with other EQ models, the EQE is likely to be available with a range of different battery sizes and power outputs, similar to those offered by rivals including Tesla and Audi. It's likely that the top-performing models will easily pass the 350-mile mark for range, alongside punchy sub-five-second acceleration times.
Mercedes-AMG has also confirmed it's working on high-performance versions of the brand's electric models – so an EQE SUV equivalent to to the GLE AMG combustion-engined variants seems a near-certainty. It's not yet clear if Mercedes will replace the current EQC with a new version using its dedicated electric-vehicle platform; the SUV only arrived in 2019 and so is likely to stick around in its current form for a few years yet.
The new car shown here in our spy images will rival large electric SUVs like the Tesla Model X, but also take on higher-end versions of established rivals like the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron, plus BMW's iX3.
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