Mercedes-Benz unveils the production-spec EQE, EQS 53 4Matic+ AMG, EQB, and the Maybach EQS concept
They say you should aim for two birds with one stone? Mercedes-Benz seems to be aiming for four by unveiling four new electric models in one fell swoop! Each model represents Mercedes-Benz’s take on what its current products might look and feel like in an electric future as the German manufacturer unveiled the EQE, the AMG EQS 53 4Matic+, the EQB, and the Maybach EQS concept. We are specifically going to talk about the EQE, the AMG EQS 53 4Matic+, the Maybach EQS concept, and the EQB since the EQG concept has been covered in another story which you can read about here.
The Mercedes-Benz EQE is the German manufacturer’s take on what an electrified E-Class looks like. The EQE becomes the second-car after the EQS to be built on the EVA2 architecture, and it even resembles its bigger sibling. It gets a slightly smaller wheelbase which measures 3120mm, which is 90mm lesser than the wheelbase of the EQS measuring 3210mm. In terms of exterior dimensions, it is comparable to the CLS while space on the inside is more than the current E-Class.
The Mercedes-Benz EQE will be available in two variants, one of which is the EQE 350 while the other remains under wraps at the moment. The EQE 350 is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motors placed on the rear axle which gives it a total power output of 288bhp and 530Nm. This powertrain is backed up by a 90kWh battery pack, which gives it a claimed range of 660 kilometres on the WLTP cycle. The EQE will get an 11kW AC charger as standard while a 22kW AC charger will be available as an option. The 11kW AC charger will take 8.25 hours for a full charge, while the 22kW AC charger will take 4.25 hours for the same. It is also compatible with 170kW DC fast charging, which will make the EQE good for 250 kilometres on a 15 minute charge, while a full charge will take just 32 minutes.
The EQE gets the MBUX Hyperscreen, rear wheel steering and soft close doors from the EQS available as optional extras, and also gets driver assistance, OTA software updates, air-quality control, navigation, and ambient lighting among many other features. Oh, and we forgot to tell you this, but Mercedes-Benz is planning performance variants of the EQE with 670bhp!
Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4Matic+
The Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4matic+ is the first fully-electric production AMG! Based on the EQS luxury sedan, AMG has reworked the drivetrain and the chassis to make it worthy of the performance badge.
The EQS 53 AMG is powered by two permanent magnet synchronous motors, one on each axle, and gets a total power output of 649bhp and 950Nm of torque. However, the trump card here is the optional AMG Dynamic Plus package, which boosts the power and torque figures to a staggering total of 750bhp and 1020Nm when launch control is on!
With the AMG Dynamic Plus package, the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4Matic+ propels itself from 0-100kmph in just 3.4 seconds and maxes out at a top speed of 250kmph. Without the package, it will take 3.8 seconds to complete a 0-100kmph run and the top speed is limited toto 220kmph.
The AMG EQS 53 4Matic+ features a 107.8kWh battery pack and gets a 11kW AC charger as standard, while a 22kW AC charger will be available as an optional extra. It is also compatible with 200kW fast charging, and gets a range of 300 kilometres in a 19-minute charge. Total range is 526 to 580 kilometres on the WLTP cycle.
The AMG EQS 53 4Matic+ gets all-wheel drive, AMG ride control suspension with adaptive suspension damping and rear-axle steering. The rear-axle beam has been reengineered, while the sub-frame and motor mountings are completely new. The AMG EQS 53 4Matic+ also receives a revised transverse stabilizer, wheel carriers, and control arms that have been carried over from other AMG models.
Also on offer are five AMG Dynamic Select driving modes to alter the characteristics of the car, named Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual. In addition, the AMG EQS 53 4Matic+ gets the MBUX Hyperscreen infotainment system, AMG Sound Experience with various modes, ARTICO leather upholstery (Nappa leather upholstery optional, and AMG pedals and floor mats among many others.
The Mercedes-Benz EQB was revealed earlier this year, but details have only been made public now. The Mercedes-Benz EQB will be available internationally in two variants; the EQB 300 4Matic and the EQB 350 4Matic. Powered by two electric motors, the EQB 300 4Matic puts out 225bhp and 390Nm of torque and is capable of doing the 0-100kmph run in 8 seconds. The EQB 350 4Matic produces 288bhp and 520Nm of torque, while doing the 0-100kmph run in 6.2 seconds. Both variants reach a top speed of 160kmph, and are feature a 66.5kWh battery pack that will give the EQB a claimed range of 419 kilometres on the WLTP cycle. The 11kW AC onboard charger will take 5.4 hours to do a full charge, while a 100kW DC fast charger will take 32 minutes to do the same.
The EQB is a five-seater compact SUV, but it also gets an optional third row making it a seven-seater. The two variants of the EQB will be equipped with all-wheel drive, but Mercedes-Benz says a front-wheel drive variant and a long range model will also be offered in the future.
Mercedes-Maybach EQS concept
Currently a concept car, the Mercedes-Maybach EQS is set to become a reality in the not-so-distant future. Mercedes has already announced that an EQS SUV will enter production come 2022, and the Maybach EQS could very well follow the same route. The EQS Maybach is a representation of a futuristic fully-electric Maybach, but it also has glimpses of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 that is currently on sale. It gets a huge chrome-plated grille that stretches quite a long way down, and sports slim LED headlights. The dual-tone paint scheme of Obsidian Metallic Black and Zircon Metallic Red is similar to the one we have seen on the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600, and there are also flush-fitting door handles that extend as the driver reaches closer.
Being a Maybach, it gets oodles of chrome, including the 24-inch wheels with bowl-shaped alloys, and a flat centre section with Maybach lettering. Move to the rear and you will see the slim LED tail lights, and a chrome roof spoiler.
Mercedes hasn’t revealed any specifications for the Maybach EQS concept, but it is aiming for a range of 600 kilometres on the WLTP cycle.
The interiors are finished in white and blue upholstery with rose gold accents. Also on offer is the MBUX Hyperscreen with a separate 12.3-inch OLED display for the front passenger.
The rear is the place to be in thanks to the Executive seats and the Chauffeur package. It gets folding tables, a box of champagne goblets, and a refrigerator to keep your champagne cool. The Maybach is just a concept at the moment, but it will very likely become a reality with Mercedes-Benz’s push to full electrification.
There is no official word from Mercedes-Benz about any of these models coming to India at the moment, but it is very likely cars like the EQE and the EQS 53 AMG will make it to our shores. The E-Class is the best-seller for Mercedes in India and the all-electric E should be well received too, though it will likely be priced much higher. The EQS 53 AMG is the first all-electric production AMG and with how strong the AMG brand is in India, Merc would do well to bring it to India and showcase the future of the brand.