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The Mercedes-EQ EQE 350+ boasts a WLTP-range of up to 669km, while the Mercedes-AMG EQE 43's dual-motors will propel it from 0 to 100km/h in just 4.2 seconds.

30 Nov 2022 | Local News : Singapore

If your festive shopping is taking you to Great World soon, you'll notice a new pair of futuristic-looking silhouettes sitting pretty in Merc's concept store on Level 1, bearing more than a passing resemblance to the EQS sedan launched back in July

In the late-morning/early-afternoon of 30 November 2022, members of the media were treated to an exclusive launch of the EQE sedan by Mercedes-EQ at this very location.

The EQE is only the second bespoke all-electric car we've gotten from Merc - after the EQS
While Merc's local lineup of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) has been growing steadily, the car marks only the second model we've gotten thus far to be built fully-electric from the ground-up - after the EQS. The EQE rides on the electric-exclusive EVA2 platform. 

On the topic of the EQS flagship, a couple of visual cues help the EQE to stand apart as its own mid-sized offering. 

The most obvious difference is sheer length. But up front, the EQE also loses the central LED light band running across the front 'grille'. Because of the positioning of its head lights, the EQE's grille itself is also differently shaped from the clean, hexagonal one on the EQS.

Unlike the EQS, the EQE gets a conventional sedan-like trunk, rather than a liftback tailgate
Worth noting too is that unlike the single-piece fastback tailgate on the EQS, the EQE has a conventional sedan-like trunk opening - to 430 litres of space.

Otherwise, however, the design similarities are apparent, including the single light band at the rear (featuring a 3D helix design), flushed door handles, and most notably, the sedan's 'one-bow' silhouette and cab-forward stance.

These design choices were ultimately guided by efforts to boost the car's aerodynamic efficiency, refinement, and interior space. Coupled with aerodynamically optimised wheels, the EQE boasts a drag coefficient of just 0.22cD. This doesn't just help it to be more energy efficient on the move, but contributes to acoustic comfort too.

The EQE offers fantastic rear passenger legroom; its wheelbase is 18cm longer than an E-Class's 
We're told the car's cab-forward stance also maximises space between the A and C-pillars. For comparison, the EQE's 3,120mm wheelbase is more than 18cm longer than that of its ICE-equivalent, the E-Class, despite the electric sedan being just 3cm longer in overall length. 

Two variants of the EQE are being offered at launch, starting off with the EQE 350+ AMG Line. Both are powered by a 90.56kWh battery, and support AC charging at up to 11kW, and DC charging at up to 170kW. The latter will see recharging from 10 to 80% completed in under half an hour. 

The 350+'s single-motor, rear-wheel drive set-up is optimised more towards efficiency. Consequently, the sedan manages 669km of range (WLTP-rated) on a single charge.

Coupled with aerodynamically optimised wheels, the EQE's drag-coefficient goes as low as 0.22cD
Performance is already quite impressive on the 350+, whose single motor gives it 288bhp and 565Nm of torque, and a 6.4 second dash from 0 to 100km/h. Nonetheless, this has been outlined as the day-to-day, comfort-oriented cruiser by Mercedes-EQ - with 'comfort suspension' to boot.

In the EQE 350+, rear-wheel steering at up to 10 degrees is provided as standard, promising fuss-free U-turning and manoeuvring around carparks, as well as superior road-holding.

Furthermore, because Singapore is getting the car specced in AMG Line-trim, the car is as premium as can look and feel. It receives a grille patterned with Merc's Three-Pointed star, AMG bumpers, 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels, and top-spec digital lights. 

Among the most immediate visual differences are the vertical chrome struts on the EQE 43's grille
A 12.8-inch portrait oriented touchscreen display takes centre stage on the inside, while the driver also gets a 12.3-inch digital display, both of which run Merc's MBUX infotainment system.

Adrenaline-junkies seeking out more electrifying performance - and who somehow have an extra $100k lying around - may turn their attention instead to the Mercedes-AMG EQE 43.

We'll start again with the visual differences first. In place of stars, the EQE 43 receives vertical chrome struts on its grille, AMG-specific brakes, and 21-inch light alloy wheels. A slightly less restrained spoiler also rests on its trunk. 

The 4MATIC all-wheel drive system sends power across both axles, and distributes torque variably
In the performance sedan, two AMG-specific electric motors combine to produce a whopping 469bhp - unleashed when in the Sport+ mode exclusive to AMG cars - and 880Nm of torque. Rear-wheel steering is offered as standard once more, but at up to 3.6 degrees. 

Furthermore, the EQE 43 comes with Merc's 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, which sends power to all four wheels and distributes torque variably. The sedan will blast from 0 to 100km/h in just 4.2 seconds, before going to reach a top speed of 210km/h.

Nonetheless, the fact that this extra performance is squeezed from the same battery means that range is slightly compromised - although 534km (WLTP-rated) on a single charge is still nothing to scoff at.

Full-blown Merc experience: Step inside the EQE 43 and one will be greeted by the MBUX Hyperscreen
To recover energy, three-levels of regenerative braking are offered. Merc claims that the highest level of recuperation power can reach 260kW.  

Step into the car and the full-blown Merc experience will come to life too as you lay your eyes on the MBUX Hyperscreen. The expansive, seamless-looking display actually blends three screens together - twin 12.3-inch displays (for the driver and the front passenger), and a central 17.1-inch one - under a common bonded glass cover.

AMG accents are evident all around the cabin - on the front seats, centre console, and naturally, with the twin-spoke, AMG Performance steering wheel.

The expected AMG accents are still dotted all around the cabin of the EQE 43
What the absence of the throaty growl of a V8 will do to the driving experience remains an open question, but Merc is promising to give 'a new voice to electric mobility' with the 'AMG SOUND EXPERIENCE'.

Finally, accompanying the launch was a special look at an upcycled Christmas tree hanging right outside the Concept Store in Great World. Named 'Stars of Change', the installation repurposes old parts from Mercedes-Benz cars (like seatbelt buckles and badges), materials from previous art pieces, and recycled bottles - contributing to the green skeleton of the tree.

Standing right underneath it will even reveal a special surprise: A glowing three-pointed star.

Among the repurposed bits of the upcycled Christmas tree are parts of old Mercedes-Benz cars
In all, the launch of the EQE coupled with the persisting innovations brought forth by the Concept Store cap off an unprecedented year for Mercedes-Benz in Singapore, with the brand doubling down on efforts to chart a more sustainability-centred path.

Speaking about the milestones through 2022, Claudius Steinhoff, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Singapore, shared at the event, "We wanted to push boundaries… and to start conversations about the electrification of our individual mobility, about sustainability, about our future".

With regards to what's coming next, expect an even more powerful EQE 53 - already revealed internationally - to reach us sometime next year. As we were also told, keep your eyes peeled for what's to come at the Mercedes booth during the 2023 Singapore Motorshow…

Car model Prices as of press time (inclusive of COE)
Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ AMG Line 90.56kWh (A) $415,888
Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 4MATIC 90.56kWh (A) $513,888
*Mercedes-Benz Singapore is also offering a 10-year warranty (or up to 250,000km, whichever comes first) on the batteries of all EQE models sold. 

Keen on a closer look at the EQE 350+ AMG Line? Follow us along on our walkaround of the car below!

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