Mercedes reveals two AMG performance versions of EQE saloon

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the brand-new AMG EQE, with two high-performance variants of its all-electric saloon.

New to the manufacturer’s range of electric cars is the Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 4MATIC and the AMG EQE 53 4MATIC+. The release of the two high-performance EVs is another step in Mercedes-Benz’s step to becoming an all-electric brand by 2030.

Both new Mercedes-AMG EQE models offer a performance-oriented drive concept with two electric motors, one on each axle. The power spectrum ranges from 350 kW (476 hp) in the EQE 43 4MATIC to 505 kW (687 hp) in the EQE 53 4MATIC+ with optional AMG Dynamic Plus Package and boost function. The maximum torque ranges from 858 to 1000 Nm.

In terms of speed, the AMG EQE will boast a blistering speed of 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds, with a top speed of 149mph. The extra power won’t affect the range too much, either, with the EQE 43 model offering a WLTP combined range of up to 331 miles, and 321 miles on the EQE 53.

The new Mercedes-AMG EQE models are equipped with a powerful 328-volt high-performance drive battery manufactured using the latest lithium-ion technology. It has a usable energy content of 90.6 kWh and consists of ten modules with a total of 360 pouch cells. The battery management system in the EQE 53 is also tuned specifically for AMG. In the Sport and Sport+ drive programs the focus is on performance, in the Comfort drive program the focus is on operating range.

Another advantage of the new battery generation is the short charging times. The energy storage system can charge with up to 170 kW at fast charging stations with direct current. In this case, electricity for 111 miles (WLTP) can be recharged in just 15 minutes.

The battery generation is characterised by a high energy density and has a high charging capacity. Another new feature is the possibility to install updates for the battery management system over-the-air for continuous improvements over the life cycle. The EQE 53 4MATIC+ also features an AMG-specific wiring harness adapted to the higher performance capability. A major advance in sustainability has been achieved in the cell chemistry, with the cobalt content having been reduced to ten percent.

Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said: “With two new models, we are expanding our range with purely electrically powered performance vehicles and are thus addressing additional target groups. The EQE 43 4MATIC is the entry-level model for electric Driving Performance from Mercedes-AMG. The EQE 53 4MATIC+, on the other hand, focuses on even more sportiness and greater driving dynamics. And that’s not the end of our Future of Driving Performance: After performance hybrids and all-electric AMG derivatives based on EVA2, stand-alone AMG electric vehicles will follow in the not-too-distant future. These are based on AMG.EA, our new, completely in-house-developed platform.”

Jochen Hermann, chief technical officer of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said: “The compact format of the EQE forms the perfect starting point for realising a highly agile and very emotional driving experience with our AMG-specific solutions. This applies in particular to the areas of drive, chassis, brakes and, above all, sound. This ensures that our customers can also look forward to our brand’s hallmark Driving Performance in our second all-electric model series.”