The new Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV: high-tech and luxury meet versatility

5 April 2023, 05:46:22

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV: high-tech and luxury meet versatilityThe Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is the multi-purpose variant of the EQE executive saloon. Like the latter, it is available with the essential innovations of the EQS and at the same time is more dynamic than the EQS SUV. The lineup includes the following models: The EQE SUV is one of the most spacious representatives of its class. Yet it is more compact than the EQE Saloon and, at 3030 mm, has a wheelbase that is nine centimeters shorter. The external dimensions are 4863/1940/1686 m (length/width/height). As the fourth model after the two EQS and EQE Saloons as well as the EQS SUV, the EQE SUV uses the new all-electric platform.

The modular drive concept enables the EQE SUV to offer a wide range of maximum total outputs from 180 kW to 300 kW. Depending on the vehicle equipment and configuration, the European models achieve WLTP ranges of over 590 km. In the EQE SUV, the lithium-ion battery consists of ten modules. In certain cases, the innovative battery management software, which was developed in-house, can be updated over-the-air (OTA).

The current generation of driving assistance systems includes numerous functions that assist the driver. The general standard equipment of the EQE SUV includes ATTENTION ASSIST, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Parking Package with reversing camera and Speed Limit Assist. The status and activity of the systems are shown in a full-screen view in the assistance display in the driver's display. Further options are available in the Assistance Package and also the Driving Assistance Plus Package.

The chassis of the new EQE SUV comprises a four-link suspension at the front and an independent multi-link suspension at the rear. Thanks to the comparatively short wheelbase of 3030 mm and the corresponding suspension tuning, it feels particularly agile and manoeuvrable even with the basic set-up. The AIRMATIC air suspension with ADS+ continuously adjustable damping is available as an optional extra. To increase ground clearance, the vehicle level can be raised by up to 30 mm. In addition to the DYNAMIC SELECT programs of ECO, COMFORT, SPORT and INDIVIDUAL, the EQE SUV models with 4MATIC also boast the OFFROAD program for off-road driving. A rear-axle steering system with a maximum steering angle of 10 degrees is available as an option.

With adaptive software, the MBUX display and operating system makes personalised suggestions for numerous infotainment, comfort and vehicle functions. A highlight of the interior is the optional MBUX Hyperscreen. With the zero-layer design, the user does not have to scroll through submenus or give voice commands. Situational and contextual applications are offered at the top level in the field of view. With the MBUX Hyperscreen (optional), three displays merge almost seamlessly into one another to create a band over 141 cmwide. The front passenger in the EQE SUV has the option of a 12.3-inch OLED display with its own user interface. The system uses an intelligent, camera-based blocking logic that recognises if the driver is looking towards the front-passenger display. If this is the case, the system automatically dims the dynamic content for security reasons (see separate chapter).

A new algorithm allows greater convenience and gentler battery charging. This algorithm uses machine learning to predict customer behaviour in respect of departure times. If the system detects that the vehicle regularly sets off from a certain place at a certain time, this regular process is entered into the departure time menu automatically, enabling pre-entry climate control in the interior at just the right time. What's more, the battery can be charged to the required level in time for departure if the corresponding charging program is selected.

The EQE SUV features a sophisticated thermal architecture with a heat pump as standard. This makes the system work very efficiently: the waste heat from the electric drive (inverter and electric motor) and also the high-voltage battery can be used to warm the interior. This drastically reduces the draw on battery power for the heating system, thus increasing the range. Another pleasant and efficient function is pre-entry climate control. THERMATIC automatic climate control with two climate zones is fitted as standard, while THERMOTRONIC with four zones is available as an option.

"Serene Breeze" is the name of the new, fourth soundscape that makes its debut in the EQE SUV. It offers a relaxed and natural sound. Holistic acoustic vehicle feedback makes the paradigm shift from combustion engine to electric car audible for the occupants in the Mercedes-EQ models. A variety of soundscapes allows for an individual acoustic set-up. An optional interior driving sound is available. This adjusts adaptively to the driving style.

Since June 2022, Mercedes me Charge has been offering three new charging tariffs in Europe that are tailored to individual driving performance. Mercedes me Charge S for occasional chargers, Mercedes me Charge M for normal chargers and Mercedes me Charge L for frequent chargers. Since the introduction of the transparent tariff system, customers have in many cases had access to fixed prices that apply regardless of the operator. With the Plug & Charge function, the EQE SUV can also be conveniently charged.

New features in the EQE SUV include the DIGITAL LIGHT Custom Animations, part of the DIGITAL LIGHT system (optional). In addition to Digital Rain and Brand World, customers can select further welcome and goodbye animations. Mercedes-Benz is successively expanding this offering. Custom Animations will also include market-specific and seasonal animations, such as Thanksgiving in the US.

Another equipment highlight is ENERGIZING AIR CONTROL Plus. A HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter cleans the incoming outside air at its very high filtration level. ENERGIZING COMFORT links together various comfort systems in the vehicle. The individual ENERGIZING COMFORT programmes allow a special feel-good programme, depending on the customer's mood or needs. This enhances physical comfort and performance while driving and during a break. The Dolby Atmos sound formatÒ takes the audio experience in the EQE SUV to a new level.

The proportions of the EQE SUV combine function and aesthetics with the sporty character of the SUV. The new model, with its unmistakable purpose design, marks a turning point in its class. The overhangs and the front-end assembly have been kept compact. The wheels in sizes from 19 to 22 inches are mounted flush with the outer edge of the body and lend the vehicle a self-assured stance.

The EQE SUV shares some aerodynamic measures with its model brothers. The underbody with its numerous aerodynamic details plays a central role in a very good Cd value from 0.25, which was achieved despite the large load capacity and short rear overhang. But the dimensional concept with the flat windscreen, sweeping roof line and indents were also important factors.

The EQE SUV is based on the large electric platform from Mercedes-EQ. On top of this it boasts an interior that has been consistently digitalised. The optionally available MBUX Hyperscreen implements this vision to impressive effect. The standard-fit Electric Art interior dispenses with leather entirely.

The principles of Integral Safety apply regardless of the type of drive system. Like all other Mercedes-Benz models, the EQS SUV therefore has a rigid passenger compartment, special deformation zones and state-of-the-art restraint systems. The European version of the EQE SUV can detect whether the rear seats are actually occupied. If a passenger in the rear is not wearing a seat belt, the driver receives a specific warning. The so-called occupant presence reminder can indicate children who may have been overlooked in the rear of the vehicle. In vehicles for Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada, this system is on board as standard.

Production of the EQE SUV started at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (USA) in December 2022. The battery plant in nearby Bibb County supplies the batteries for this model, as well as for the EQS SUV. Since 2022, all Mercedes-Benz-owned passenger car and van plants worldwide have achieved net carbon‑neutral production as part of their eco-balance – including the two Mercedes-Benz plants in Alabama.

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