Last year, the EQE SUV made its global debut as the first SUV in India built on an EV platform
Mercedes-Benz India is set to expand its range of electric SUVs with the launch of the all-new EQE SUV. Positioned between the EQB and EQS SUVs globally, the EQE shares the EVA2 platform already used by the EQS sedan in India and will be the company’s first all-electric SUV to be marketed.
Starting with the design, EQE takes all the design details from Mercedes’ electric EQ lineup. The front features a closed grille containing a large three-pointed star, flanked by sleek headlights and LED light bars running just below the bonnet line. Compared to traditional Mercedes SUVs, the EQE has a softer look with more fluid lines – a design element also found on models like the EQS. The rear has a full-width light bar as seen on other EQ models.
Inside, the EQE SUV is available worldwide in two dashboard designs. The standard model includes an independent digital instrument cluster and a vertically oriented touchscreen in the center. As an option, the SUV can also be fitted with Mercedes Hyper screen, which turns the dashboard into an all-glass panel with up to three built-in screens.
In terms of powertrains, the EQE is sold worldwide in 350+, 350 4Matic and 500 4Matic specifications. The base EQE 350+ has a single-engine rear-wheel drive configuration, with the engine developing 288 hp and 565 Nm. The EQE 350 4Matic adds an electric motor to the front axle, and while power remains unchanged, torque increases to 765 Nm. The EQE 500 4Matic is the top model in the standard EQE line-up with a powerful electric motor combined is 402 hp and 858 Nm. A 90.6 kWh battery is offered as standard with a claimed range of up to 590 km (WLTP). Mercedes is also offering the EQE as a performance-focused AMG, although it remains to be seen whether the performance variant will arrive in India at a later date.
While Mercedes has yet to share details about the India-specific model, we expect the company to launch the EQE 500 4Matic for the first time in India, although other variants cannot be ruled out. It remains to be seen whether Mercedes will locally assemble the EQE SUV in India from the start or import the first batch of SUVs as CBUs. The price is expected to be in the range of Rs 1.4 billion (ex-showroom).
source of information: Car&Bike.
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