Mercedes-AMG’s second (but not final) all-electric model has officially arrived. Introducing the 2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE, the slightly smaller sibling to the AMG EQS flagship. Both vehicles ride on the German automaker’s dedicated EV architecture. It will be available in EQE 43 4MATIC and EQE 53 4MATIC+.
Jumping right into the numbers, the EQE 43 4MATIC features a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system that develops 469 hp and 633 lb-ft of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph. Power comes from a 90.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is slated to give the car a range of between 287-331 miles.
The EQE 53 4MATIC+ on the other hand is powered by a dual-motor setup delivering a peak of 617 hp and 701 lb-ft of torque in standard guise and 677 hp and 738 lb-ft with an available Dynamic Plus Package. This drops the 0-62 mph time to 3.5 seconds, while the top speed increases to 137 mph. However, this comes at a cost as the estimated WLTP range falls to 276-322 miles.
Mercedes points out the 43 gets electric motors tuned by AMG whereas the 53 boasts AMG-developed e-motors fitted with adapted windings and laminations, higher currents, and a specific inverter. With no AMG Dynamic Plus Package, it means there’s no boost function to temporarily increase output. Depending on the driving mode, the power delivered to the wheels can be as low as 235 hp if the driver chooses the Slippery Mode.
Styling-wise, the folks at Affalterbach gave the AMG EQE a black Panamericana panel grille (like the AMG EQS) with hot-stamped vertical chrome struts, an integrated Mercedes star, and AMG lettering. The headlights even boast an AMG-specific projection when opening and closing the car. A body colour-painted front bumper contrasts nicely with the high-gloss black front splitter
On the inside, the EQE borrows liberally from the EQS, and this is true for the AMG versions. A standard 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is augmented by a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, but Mercedes’ 56-inch Hyperscreen is available. It consists of three screens that are housed beneath a single panel and cover pretty much most of the dash. AMG touches include the steering wheel, drive mode selector, pedals, door sills, and floor mats.
Pricing information for the AMG EQE will be announced closer to the next year’s market launch.