Mercedes-Benz’s drive to electrify will continue with three new hybrids slated for release later this year with the fully electric EQA crossover. A December 2019 product presentation hinted that we could also see the brand’s flagship EV – the EQS sedan, before the end of the year, but nothing has been confirmed yet. It turns out that there could be yet another electric sedan in the works and this video could be our first glimpse.
The clip shows two Mercedes prototypes and one of them is obviously the EQS. The other, however, has a modified and shortened body, which suggests that we may be considering the next EQE EV. Think of it as the electric version of the E-Class today, similar to what the EQS will be for the S-Class.
There are some similarities between the two test cars and the most obvious is the general shape. It is likely that the EQE can also receive a sleek four-door coupe body style but with shorter overhangs compared to its more luxurious counterpart. The position of the third brake light seems to be the big gift here as it is located on the trunk lid in the EQS, while the EQE positioned it on the rear window.
According to preliminary information, the EQE will be an electric and sportier version of the Class E. It will come exclusively in an AWD configuration with an electric motor for each axle and a combined power of more than 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts) and 564 pounds -foot (765 Newton-meters). Large batteries should provide a comfortable range between charges of approximately 373 miles (600 kilometers).
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In addition, advanced technologies will give EQE semi-autonomous functions. Four-wheel drive and sophisticated air suspension for a smooth, silky ride will also be available.
Given Mercedes’s current tight schedule for launching electrified models, we do not expect to see the EQE until the end of 2021. Like the EQS, it will be manufactured in Germany in the new Factory 56 factory located in Sindelfingen.