2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE
The future of AMG is definitely electricby Isaac Atienza, on LISTEN 11:11
Times are definitely changing, and that includes how we view what a high-performance German luxury sedan should be. In the past, that would mean a big-displacement V-8 or even a V-10, and now we come at a time when silence doesn’t just mean a yes, but also breathtaking speed. This new Mercedes-AMG EQE is no exception, and it’s essentially a Mercedes-AMG E 53 and E 63 for the future.
2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE
Horsepower @ RPM:677
Torque @ RPM:738
0-60 time:3.3 sec.
Top Speed:149 mph
What Sets Itself Apart From The EQE?
Setting the Mercedes-AMG EQE apart from the standard model are the expected aggressive details that define its sporty character. Upfront, that includes a sportier front bumper and an AMG-specific black panel "grille" with the performance division’s signature chrome vertical bars.
Mercedes-AMG also gave the EQE a sportier design to its aerodynamically-optimized wheels that range from 20 to 21 inches. As for the rear, there’s a pronounced faux rear diffuser and a larger black lip spoiler.
The entire EQ sedan range’s egg-shaped profile has certainly received varying opinions, but perhaps that main concern regarding the EQE’s looks is that it looks too similar to the larger EQS. It’s as if Mercedes simply shrunk the EQS and then called it a day.
How Big Is The AMG EQE?
The Mercedes-AMG EQE is a midsize luxury sedan, and it’s essentially an electric E-Class. As such, it’s similar in size to the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and Lexus ES. However, these are not its competitors as these vehicles do not have an electric version.
Mercedes-AMG EQE Dimensions
Mercedes-Benz has yet to announce the EQE’s complete technical specs for both the North American and global versions, such as its weight. However, being an electric vehicle (EV) with a large battery, we don’t expect the EQE to win any weight loss challenges anytime soon.
What Makes The AMG EQE’s Interior Special?
The Mercedes-AMG EQE comes as standard with two digital screens, but if you want the MBUX Hyperscreen that consists of three screens housed in one glass panel, that will cost you an extra penny. If you’re curious what the MBUX infotainment looks like without the Hyperscreen, just imagine the interior of the S-Class inside the EQE and that’s exactly what it is. In some ways, it’s a good thing, because it brings back some of the hard buttons, which most of us at the TopSpeed team prefer.
But, as far as aesthetics are concerned, there’s not much that separates the standard EQE from its AMG sibling. These upgrades are limited to its AMG sports seats, which come with Artico synthetic leather, microfiber inserts, and red stitching as standard. If you’re not into the animal-free kind of thing, you can opt for Nappa Leather sport seats. Other sporty touches include the flat-bottom sports steering, AMG floor mats, and various AMG badges across the interior. There’s also the option to add carbon fiber trimmings if that’s your thing.
Because the car won’t arrive in the United States until sometime early 2023, interior dimensions still have not yet been released. Though because this is a midsize luxury sedan, it won’t be surprising if it has the same room as a BMW 5 Series or Audi A6.
Performance and Handling
Two AMG Flavors, But Only The EQE 53 Is Arriving Stateside
The Mercedes-AMG EQE comes in two flavors, an EQE 43 and EQE 53. Both come with a dual-motor setup, with the EQE 43 producing 469 horsepower and 633 pound-feet of torque. This model has a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 4.2 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 130 mph. This model, however, won’t reach the North American market.
On the other hand, the EQE 53 produces 617 horsepower and 701 pound-feet of torque, but with the optional AMG Dynamic Plus package, this increases to 677 horsepower and 738 pound-feet. The standard EQE 53 does the 0-62 mph run in 3.5 seconds, but this drops down further to 3.3 seconds with the aforementioned package. It also has an electronically-limited top speed of 137 mph without the package and 149 mph if fitted with the AMG Dynamic Plus package.
Those performance numbers are indeed impressive, but their numbers are just on the same level as the base version of the Tesla Model S, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds. Let’s not even mention the Model S Plaid, which can do the same job in just two seconds. It also must be noted that the EQE’s full potential in terms of power is only available when the vehicle is in Sport and Sport+ mode.
Mercedes-AMG EQE Performance Stats
|EQE 43||EQE 53||EQE 53 (with AMG Dynamic Plus package)|
|Horsepower||469 hp||617 hp||677 hp|
|Torque||633 lb-ft||701 lb-ft||738 lb-ft|
|0 to 62 mph||4.2 seconds||3.5 seconds||3.3 seconds|
|Top speed||130 mph||137 mph||149 mph|
|Battery size||90.6 kWh||90.6 kWh||90.6 kWh|
|Range (WLTP)||287-331 miles||275-321 miles||275-321 miles|
Silence Doesn’t Come As Standard
While silence is starting to become the norm when it comes to performance, the Mercedes-AMG EQE comes with various sound modes to give drivers a better sense of speed. After all, AMG says sound has always been part of the driving experience.
Repetitive And Reliable Performance
Lastly, as for handling, the Mercedes-AMG EQE comes as standard with rear-axle steering for better agility at low speeds and increased stability at high speeds. Enhanced cooling comes courtesy of water lances and AMG-specific ribs on the stator along with a needle-shaped pin-fin structure on the inverter. This allows repetitive bursts of acceleration without wearing down the electric motors too much.
Battery and Charging
All of the car’s juice is provided by a 90.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is good for 287-331 miles for the EQE 43 and 275-321 miles for the EQE 53 under the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test (WLTP) cycle. Since this car isn’t released in the United States yet, the EPA still has not rated its range yet.
As standard, the Mercedes-AMG EQE comes with an 11 kW charger, but this can be upgraded to a more powerful 22 kW charger. The Mercedes-AMG EQE is also capable of accepting up to 170 kW of charging, which allows it to gain 112 miles of range in just 15 minutes.
When Will It Arrive In The United States?
There’s still quite a long wait before the Mercedes-AMG EQE arrives in the United States. Expect the vehicle to be launched locally by early 2023. Pricing and other details for the North American AMG EQE will be announced closer to its launch date.
For now, the number of high-performance midsize electric luxury sedans are few and far in between, but as the world continues its shift towards electric mobility, expect the Mercedes-AMG EQE’s competitors to grow in the coming years.
Despite being the high-performance model of the EQE range, its performance is merely on par with the base version of the Tesla Model S. Both have similar acceleration times, with the Tesla Model S doing the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.1 seconds. For perspective, the fastest EQE 53 does 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.3 seconds. The Plaid version of the Model S will simply obliterate the EQE 53 in a drag strip with its two-second 0-60 mph time.
The Porsche Taycan is another midsize luxury electric sedan that offers similar performance to the Mercedes-AMG EQE. With so many variants to choose from, the closest competitor to the AMG EQE 53 would be the Taycan Turbo, which does the 0-62 mph run in 3.2 seconds, though its top speed is much higher a 162 mph.
The Porsche Taycan’s corporate sibling, the Audi e-Tron GT, is also another midsize luxury electric sports sedan that offers the same performance as the Mercedes-AMG EQE. Performance-wise, the EQE 53 is on the same performance level as the RS e-Tron GT, which has a similar 0-62 mph time of 3.3 seconds. However, like the Taycan Turbo, the RS e-Tron GT has a higher top speed than the EQE 53 at 155 mph, though this isn’t as high as the Porsche’s.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does The Mercedes-AMG EQE Compare To An Equivalent Tesla?
Based on the EQE’s dimensions of 197 inches long, 77 inches, and 60 inches tall, it sits right alongside the Tesla Model S. Both are midsize sedans with a fastback body style. Performance-wise, the sole EQE 53 that will be sold in the United States is simply on par with the base Model S Long Range, with both cars having a 0-60 mph time within the 3.1-3.2 second range. In contrast, the Model S Plaid does the same job in around two seconds.
Is The Mercedes-AMG EQE The Fastest Mercedes Sedan?
In terms of outright acceleration, the AMG EQE in 53 guise is the fastest Mercedes sedan to ever come out of Stuttgart. Its 0-62 mph time of 3.3 seconds is even faster than the full-size EQS 53’s 3.4-second sprint. For perspective, the AMG EQE 53 is just 0.1 seconds slower than the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series to 62 mph, which is also by far the fastest Mercedes currently on sale with a top speed of 202 mph.
When it comes to top speed, however, the fastest Mercedes sedan you can buy right now is Mercedes-AMG E 63, which has a top speed of 186 mph.