Hot AMG version of Mercedes EQE electric saloon spotted testing
EQE 43, EQE 53 and EQE 63 models could all feature in a full line-up of high-performance versions of the E-Class-sized EQE
The mid-size Mercedes EQE electric executive saloon car looks set to follow its larger EQS sibling in spawning a range of high-performance Mercedes-AMG variants. Recent spy photos show a prototype EQE testing in Germany with the trademark large AMG brake calipers visible beneath heavy camouflage.
It's not known exactly how many AMG versions of the EQE there could be or what their power outputs would be, but Mercedes registered the 'EQE 43', 'EQE 53' and 'EQE 63' product names with the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in November 2020, suggesting a line-up to mirror the petrol-powered E-Class AMG cars is in the works.
That would tally with the larger Mercedes EQS, which has also been spied in AMG form recently and could be available in EQS 53, 55 and 63 guises, judging by Mercedes trademark applications. A maximum power output in the region of 700bhp is possible, and we could see similar from the range-topping AMG EQE.
High-performance electric models from established brands are set to become more common in the coming years as the big premium players seek to match the performance of the top-end Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model S in particular. We've already seen the Porsche Taycan, while a fully electric BMW 5 Series – potentially including an ultra-fast M5 version – is also in the works.
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