These Spy Shots Prove That AMG Has Taken Another EQ Model Under Its Wings; This Time, The EQE!
The standard EQE is yet to arrive, but the automaker is already working on an AMG outfit for the EVby Sidd Dhimaan, on
Mercedes launched an assault at the 2021 IAA Mobility Show when it rolled out five EVs - the EQE family sedan, the EQB crossover, EQG Concept off-roader, and the Maybach EQS SUV. The fifth model was the AMG EQS, which was the first AMG model in the EQ lineup. Now, the automaker is following it up with the AMG EQE. The performance version of the EQE was spotted testing recently, proving that the company is taking the electric game to the next level.
How Does The AMG EQE Look On The Outside?
Mercedes unveiled the standard EQE at the 2021 IAA Mobility Show. Before the car could even arrive, the AMG EQE has been spotted testing. It was caught nearly undisguised, but the important bits were concealed. However, it’s not hard to decipher that this hardcore version of the EQE will receive the standard AMG treatment.
This means, you’ll get an AMG-specific black panel grille on the face. The AMG EQS features hot-stamped vertical struts in chrome, but to distinguish it for the layman, we could see a different setup here. But, to make it feel like a baby EQS – which it essentially is – Mercedes could even retain it. The Mercedes star will have the ‘AMG’ lettering in it. Instead of the standard LEDs, the AMG EQE could be offered with a ‘Digital Light’ setup as seen on the AMG EQS as well.
The sedan was spotted with three different wheel designs wrapped in Pirelli rubber. The standard EQE is offered with 19- and 20-inch wheels. Here, you can expect 20-inch wheels to be standard and 21-inch optional. We don’t see a whole lot of aero stuff, but there’s a spoiler lip at the rear along with a diffuser. You can spot air vents on the rear bumper.
How Will The AMG EQE Be On The Inside?
There were no shots of the cabin, but again, the AMG treatment can be expected here as well. This includes stuff like AMG seats, performance steering wheel, aluminum paddle shifters, AMG drive unit, sport pedals, special upholstery, like MB-Tex, etc. Upholstery options like Nappa Leather could also be offered.
Since the non-AMG EQE comes with a 56-inch Hyperscreen option, we don’t see why the AMG EQE won’t have one. In fact, it could be standard here. For the uninitiated, the Mercedes Hyperscreen runs the entire width of the dash and has screens bonded under a common glass cover. This includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 17.7-inch central display, and a 12.3-inch passenger display. It could be tweaked to include performance-related data and settings.
How Much Power Will The AMG EQE Make?
Coming to the powertrain, the standard EQE comes with a single-motor option for now. The rear-mounted electric motor puts out 288 horses and 391 pound-feet of twist. On the AMG EQE, we expect a dual-motor version as standard. We speculate the AMG EQE to churn out in the ballpark of 500 horses and 600 pound-feet of torque.
The reason behind this is the AMG EQE will certainly have less power than the AMG EQS. The latter makes 649 horses and 700 pound-feet of torque in its base model, and 751 horses and 752 pound-feet of torque when you opt for the Dynamic Plus package. Logically, the AMG EQE will make more power than the single-motor EQS, but not more than the dual-motor. However, it could be a little less than the dual-motor setup standard EQS, which churns out 516 horses and 631 pound-feet of torque.
This way, there’s enough gap between the power figures of the single-motor standard EQE and the AMG EQE so that Mercedes could slot in a dual-motor non-AMG model as well; one that could make a little under 400 horses and 500 pound-feet of torque based on our calculations. The 0-60 mph time might be in low 4s.
How Much Range Will The AMG EQE Offer?
The standard EQE will be offered with a 90 kWh battery pack that can take you up to 410 miles between charges as per the WLTP cycle. The standard EQS and the AMG EQS share the same 107.8 kWh battery pack. Going by this, the AMG EQE could also be powered by the 90 kWh pack as the non-AMG model. The range here will be lower, perhaps around 350-360 miles on a full charge based on the WLTP cycle. The EPA estimation would be around 320 miles.
How Much Will The AMG EQE Cost?
As for the pricing, our educated guess is a starting price of $75,000-$80,000.
There’s no word on when the AMG EQE will arrive, but we can safely say it isn’t coming before 2023. Other than the AMG EQE, the automaker is working on an EQE SUV as well!
All the information presented above is merely speculation on our end. So, take it with a pinch of salt. You can also share your guesstimates and speculations with us in the comments section below.
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