The SUV versions of the EQE and EQS are launching in South Africa this week, offering advanced cabin tech and relatively long-range batteries.
The EQE SUV is available in a single model derivative, the EQE 350 4Matic, which is priced from R2,194,500.
When it comes to the larger model, buyers can opt for an EQS 450 4Matic in five-seat or seven-seat configurations, priced between R2,726,100 and R2,759,300.
Both are built around the carmaker’s dedicated electric vehicle platform, also shared with the sedan versions, and they sport 10-module lithium-ion batteries in differing sizes.
For the EQE 350 Mercedes claims a driving range of between 461km and 551km on the WLTP cycle, depending on the conditions, while the EQS 450’s 108 kWh battery allows for an estimated WLTP range of up to 616km.
As for performance, the EQE 350 boasts outputs of 215kW and 765Nm, while the EQS 450 is good for 265kW and 800Nm.
Interestingly the EQE offers a new electric vehicle sound experience called “serene Breeze”, which claims to provide a “relaxed and natural” sound to occupants.
“With the holistic sound staging, the paradigm shift from combustion engine to electric car becomes audible for the occupants,” Mercedes says.
Customers can also look forward to an extensive range of driver assist features as well as the latest MBUX infotainment system with over-the-air-updates. The MBUX Hyperscreen, which fills most of the dashboard with digital real estate, is available as a R149 000 option on the EQS. It is not yet available on the EQE.
“The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV ushers in a new ownership opportunity for our customers. It is relatively compact without compromising on practicality,” says Mark Raine, co-CEO Mercedes-Benz SA.
“It offers a dynamic driving experience that remains comfortable. It is luxuriously appointed on the inside while offering class-leading exterior aero-dynamics. This is undoubtedly the every-day all-electric luxury SUV for the luxury conscious buyer that doesn’t want to compromise on anything.”