Mercedes-AMG EQE proves performance EVs are here to stay

Mercedes-Benz goes all-in for electric cars, but doesn’t give up on performance. Launching in the US in early 2023, the Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4Matic+ (or simply AMG EQE) sedan is the second EV from Mercedes’ AMG performance division.

As with most AMG models, this four-door EV is a tuned version of an existing Mercedes, in this case the EQE sedan. Unveiled in September 2021, the EQE fits under the larger EQS sedan in Mercedes’ growing EV range. The AMG version gets its own powertrain and numerous other hardware changes, plus subtle model-specific styling cues.

The transformation begins with a pair of AMG-specific engines. One drives each axle, giving the AMG EQE all-wheel drive. Together they produce 617 hp and 701 lb-ft of torque, or 677 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque with the optional AMG Dynamic Plus Package. Either way, that’s a lot more than the base rear-wheel-drive EQE, which puts out just 288 horsepower and 391 lb-ft from its single engine.

Mercedes says the AMG EQE will go from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds (3.2 seconds with the AMG Dynamic Plus package), but it requires a 70% charge status. Top speed is 137 mph (149 mph with the AMG Dynamic Plus package). That speed won’t be accompanied by the growl of AMG’s traditional V8 engine, so engineers devised a number of driver-selectable sounds that are projected through special speakers, a bass actuator and sound generator.

Like the standard EQE, the AMG model’s battery pack has a usable capacity of 90.6 kWh. According to Mercedes, that should translate into a range of 275 to 321 miles according to the European WLTP test cycle. US range ratings will be available there closer to the car’s launch, the automaker noted. The AMG EQE will also be equipped for DC fast charging with 170 kilowatts, which should replenish that large battery pack fairly quickly.

Other upgrades include an AMG-specific air suspension system and brakes. The latter combines robust mechanical brakes, including 16.3-inch discs and six-piston front calipers, and 14.9-inch discs and single-piston rear calipers (larger discs are available with the optional 21-inch wheels), with the regenerative braking technology common to all EVs. AMG Dynamic Select driving modes can vary power from 100% in Sport+ mode to 50% in Slippery mode, while the AMG Dynamic Plus Package adds a “boost” function for the fastest possible acceleration.

AMG-specific styling elements include a new grille, front bumper and rear spoiler, plus additional black trim. On the inside, the AMG EQE gets a model-specific steering wheel and seats, the latter available with nappa leather upholstery. Like the standard EQE, the AMG version can be equipped with Mercedes’ Hyperscreen, which combines a digital instrument cluster and two touchscreens in a single dashboard-spanning display.

Mercedes has many EVs in the pipeline. An AMG version of the EQS sedan is on the way, along with SUV versions of both the EQS and EQE, and a smaller electric SUV, the EQB. The automaker aims to go all-electric in at least some markets by 2030.

Leave a Comment