The 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE AMG SUV is the latest addition to the German luxury brand's growing lineup of electric vehicles. It is also the first AMG-branded model based on the EQE platform, which is a smaller version of the flagship EQS. The EQE AMG SUV aims to combine the performance and style of a traditional AMG model with the efficiency and technology of an electric vehicle. But does it succeed?
Design and Dimensions
The 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE AMG SUV has a distinctive look that sets it apart from other Mercedes SUVs. It is sleek and aerodynamic, with a low roofline, large grille, and sloping rear end. The AMG version adds some sporty touches, such as a more aggressive front bumper, a rear diffuser, and 21-inch wheels. The EQE AMG SUV also features LED headlights, taillights, illuminated door handles, and logos.
The EQE AMG SUV is about the same size as the conventional GLE-Class SUV, but with a longer wheelbase and a shorter overall length. It measures 195.3 inches long, 77.4 inches wide, and 66.7 inches tall, with a 122.9-inch wheelbase. It has a curb weight of 5,622 pounds, which is quite heavy for its class.
Powertrain and Performance
The 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE AMG SUV is powered by two electric motors, one on each axle, that produce a combined output of 649 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. The motors are fed by a 108-kWh battery pack that provides an estimated range of 340 miles on the EPA cycle. The battery can be recharged from 10% to 80% in about 31 minutes using a 200-kW DC fast charger.
The EQE AMG SUV can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph. It also has an adaptive air suspension, an electronic limited-slip differential, and a torque vectoring system that can distribute power to each wheel individually. The driver can choose from four driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual, which adjust the throttle response, steering feel, suspension stiffness, and sound settings.
Interior and Technology
The Mercedes-Benz EQE AMG SUV offers a spacious and luxurious cabin that can accommodate five passengers comfortably. It has leather seats with AMG logos and stitching, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, carbon-fiber trim, and ambient lighting. The cargo space is 23 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and 63 cubic feet with them folded down.
The EQE AMG SUV also boasts a high-tech dashboard that consists of two massive screens: a 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen for the infotainment system, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster for the driver. The infotainment system runs on the latest MBUX software, which supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, voice control, and over-the-air updates. The system also has an augmented reality head-up display that projects navigation directions and other information onto the windshield.
Other features include a Burmester surround sound system, wireless charging, four-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a host of driver-assistance systems. These systems include adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, parking assist, and a surround-view camera.
Pricing and Availability
The 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE AMG SUV is expected to go on sale in the US in late 2023 or early 2024. The official pricing has not been announced yet, but it is likely to be higher than the base Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV, which starts at $77,000. The Mercedes-Benz EQE AMG SUV will compete with other high-performance electric SUVs such as the Tesla Model X Plaid ($129,990), the Audi e-tron S ($84,800), and the BMW iX M60 (TBA).
The 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE AMG SUV is an impressive electric vehicle that offers plenty of power, style, comfort, and technology. It is also a rare example of an AMG model that does not rely on a gasoline engine for its performance. However, it is also very heavy and expensive compared to some of its rivals. Whether it will appeal to traditional AMG fans or attract new customers remains to be seen. @via Panorica and Mercedes-Benz AMG.
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