After the EQS, Mercedes-Benz intends to launch the all-electric sibling of the E-Class as a 2022 model under the V295 codename. EQE is how the newcomer is officially called, and it’s a proper four-door sedan to boot.
Based on pre-production mules captured while testing on the Nurburgring, in Scandinavia, and the public roads of Germany, Photoshop meister Bernhard Reichel imagined the EQE with door-mounted mirrors and red paintwork. The design study further benefits from a sporty front bumper complemented by a closed-off grille beautified by the Three-Pointed Star logo in the center.
The only detail that’s certain to differ from the rendering is the design of the C-pillars, which gives the EQE a sportier appearance than its bigger sibling. To be produced in Germany (Bremen) and China (Beijing), the all-electric brother of the E-Class will roll out with rear- and all-wheel drive.
Twinned with the EQE SUV, the soon-to-be-revealed EQE is based on the MEA vehicle architecture for electric-only vehicles. The skateboard-like platform can be adjusted in length and height to maximize the automaker’s investment into all-electric technologies, and in the all-new sedan’s case, the preliminary estimate for driving range is 600 kilometers (373 miles).
Speculation in the automotive media further suggests 400 PS (395 horsepower) and 750 Nm (553 pound-feet) of torque, which seems to be more than adequate for the E-Class of EVs. For the sake of reference, the most exciting EQS of them all is the 580 4Matic with 523 PS (516 horsepower) and 855 Nm (631 pound-feet) from a dual-motor drivetrain.
It’s also worth mentioning that Mercedes’ performance division AMG will give the EQE a little more oomph, but not as much as the EQS AMG that may top 761 PS (751 horsepower). Regardless of what the future holds for the mid-sized interloper, you’re better off with a Tesla Model 3 Performance or Model S Plaid if strip slaying is very high on your priorities list.
Look forward to the EQE’s premiere in September at the IAA in Munich.