2023 Mercedes EQE First Drive

In contrast to Mercedes’ first trendy electrical effort, the B-Class, the EQE has been developed with out the compromises of compacting electrical motors and batteries right into a construction designed for an inside combustion engine. The battery is located below the ground, low and between the wheels, with these wheels pushed far out into the automotive’s corners to enhance inside area.

Using the identical, albeit shortened, EVA2 electrical automobile structure platform because the EQS, the EQE is fitted with a 90-kWh battery that’s smaller than the pack in its bigger counterpart. That’s nonetheless sufficient, in its most effective specification, to permit a variety of round 410 miles on a full cost in line with the European WLTP normal, which makes use of a special testing process than the EPA. (EPA vary estimates are usually decrease.)

Its general form, described by Mercedes-Benz as “one-bow” styling, is outlined by its must be as aerodynamic as attainable. It is not shocking then that it appears to be like like a smaller model of the EQS, which follows the identical design ethos. There is not any entrance trunk, as Mercedes-Benz as a substitute makes use of the entrance space for an non-obligatory HEPA filtering system to scrub the air coming into the cabin. Baggage area is proscribed to the rear trunk, although the 15.2-cubic-foot capability will probably be adequate for many prospects, and the rear seatback folds for longer load-through functionality if required.

A spacious, wealthy inside

Although the EQE is extra compact than the EQS, it’s nonetheless fairly spacious inside, and particularly so if you evaluate it in opposition to the E-Class. The cabin’s design definitely offers you the impression of vastness, however the wheelbase can also be half a foot longer, leading to measurably extra room. It is also completed in high-quality supplies and is wealthy in tech.

The EQE encompasses a digital instrument panel and a big portrait-oriented display within the heart console as normal. We discover that the MBUX infotainment system is neatly organized and easy to function. This explicit variation is loaded with EQ-specific options in relation to vitality use, charging and route planning, together with the extra standard automobile, connectivity, data and leisure features.

Naturally there’s the improve to up the display rely to a few by way of Mercedes-Benz’s non-obligatory Hyperscreen. This huge 56-inch show incorporates three screens — twin 12.3-inch OLED screens for the motive force and passenger in addition to a 17.7-inch central show — throughout the close to total span and curvature of the dashboard. MBUX additionally encompasses a strong listing of voice instructions, on-line music streaming and over-the-air updates.

Whereas it is undoubtedly placing, it is arguably know-how overkill, significantly within the US market, the place among the options — equivalent to the flexibility for the entrance passenger to observe video/web content material on a display in entrance of them — aren’t attainable whereas in movement.

Distinctive refinement

Even after you contemplate the area and high quality of the supplies, as soon as shifting the EQE reveals a serenity that solely amplifies the general impression of luxurious. With out the noise of an engine to deal with, Mercedes-Benz’s engineers have labored tirelessly to scale back NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) to good impact. The construction has acoustic dampening foam injected into hole areas within the 100% recycled metal physique, and the slippery form it presents to the air not solely helps with effectivity but in addition reduces wind noise. Even the tires are stuffed with foam to scale back street noise.

It really works, too, with the silence obvious even at excessive cruising speeds on the hard-packed snow and ice surfaces on our check drive. Our drive does not simply reveal spectacular sound suppression but in addition superb journey high quality on the non-obligatory air suspension. The identical serenity is clear on floor streets too.

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