After falling behind in the EV race and canceling the EQC electric SUV for the American market, Mercedes-Benz has announced a pair of new models over the past few months that signal the automaker is finally ready to compete against rivals from Porsche, Audi and, of course, Tesla. The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE is a new all-electric luxury sedan that follows (and draws much influence from) the upcoming 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan. Set to go on sale in 2022, the new EQE carries over a lot from the EQS, including an arching cab-forward design, an extremely tech-focused interior, and a wide array of standard driver aids.
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE
The EQE 350 uses a single electric motor mounted on the rear axle. Future all-wheel-drive versions will have an additional electric motor on the front axle. This is pretty standard stuff for luxury EVs. The motor is paired with a 90-kWh battery pack mounted beneath the car's floor. Total output for the EQE 350 is 288 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque.
Mercedes says the EQE 350 can go an estimated 400 miles on a full battery charge, at least by the standards of the WLTP European testing procedure. If true, that would put the EQE near the top of all EVs for range. There are some question marks here since WLTP estimates aren't directly comparable to the EPA's range estimates. Also, we've found that real-world range can vary considerably in Edmunds' EV range test. But as a generalized takeaway, it would seem that the EQE will have plenty of range for an EV. As for recharging, Mercedes says that the EQE 350 can charge from 10% to 100% on a 240-volt outlet in 9.5 hours. Plug it into a DC fast charger and the EQE can accept up to 170 kW, which means you'd get from from 10% to 80% in as quick as 32 minutes.
Dimensionally, the EQE is roughly the same size as the Mercedes-Benz CLS and within inches of the Tesla Model S. We don't have figures for passenger or cargo space, but we expect the EQE to be comparable to its rivals. We only have one photo of the EQE's interior, and — as with the EQS — Mercedes' dash-spanning Hyperscreen immediately draws your eye. It uses three screens all under one large, curved piece of glass. The interior design itself so closely follows the EQS that it's difficult to tell the pair apart in side-by-side images.
The Hyperscreen is easily the most eye-catching thing inside the EQE. Three panels — 12.3-inch OLED screens for the driver and passenger as well as a 17.7-inch central display — can control or display most functions in the car. The Hyperscreen uses the latest version of Mercedes' MBUX infotainment system that can now adapt to drive preferences, learning when a driver activates certain features, displaying various menus and functions on the screen as needed. MBUX also features a robust list of voice commands, online music streaming and over-the-air updates. The latest version of MBUX is included in all EQEs, not just models with the optional Hyperscreen.
Mercedes is finally ramping up its production of EVs. The initial 2023 EQE 350 could be compelling if you're into tech-focused design and long range, but its modest power means it won't be the best choice if you also want standout acceleration.