Mercedes EQE rumors have been around the Internet for almost a year now, but it wasn’t until last week that a prototype was discovered. While this electric test vehicle was seen in Germany, today we are making a trip to Northern Europe where our spies have laid eyes on this rather interesting car.
It may sound a lot like the EQS, but those who actually saw the car in metal tell us that the prototype was smaller than the future flagship vehicle from Mercedes. Some would be tempted to say that the three-pointed star will sell standard and long wheelbase versions of the EQS, which we don’t know if that’s true, but the changes in the rear hint at a fully different.
Look closely and you will notice that the third brake light is located at the bottom of the rear window instead of being at the top of the EQS window. In addition, the EQE seems to have a regular trunk lid while its big brother seemed to have a more practical reverse configuration in the same vein as the Tesla Model S.
The additional camouflage slapped on the rear windows leads us to believe that the seat belt will be different by gradually increasing towards the rear, which would therefore mean a smaller greenhouse because the rear door window would be smaller. Like its big brother, the EQE seems to have retractable door handles, although we have already seen prototypes of the EQS with conventional handles as well.
The front of the prototype looks rather unsightly, but that is because there is an additional disguise applied on top of the trunk. Much like the rear lights, the headlights appear to be placeholders that will be replaced by the actual clusters once Mercedes begins testing near-production cars. Although it is not visible in these spy shots, the EQE is supposed to boast of offering four-wheel drive, air suspension and adapted safety features of the experimental safety vehicle (ESF) based on GLE unveiled in 2019.
Called V295, the EQE will be a fully electric sedan representing the zero emission equivalent of the recently renovated Class E sedan, but with an entirely different design and a platform entirely dedicated to electric vehicles. Some say that it will actually be a little shorter than its cousin combustion engine, but will offer levels of class S space inside the cabin. It is supposed to come initially in all-wheel drive version with an electric motor for each rear axle, with the option of adding a sporty RWD variant later.
It is believed that it will have more power and autonomy than the EQC once it debuts in 2022, when it joins other electric models bearing the three-pointed star – the EQA and EQB crossovers with the EQV minivan.