Mercedes-Benz has only just launched the 2023 EQS SUV, a full-size electric SUV sharing a platform and other technologies with the EQS hatchback. However, the automaker is now ready to add a smaller sibling to the EQS SUV in the form of the EQE SUV.
New for 2023, the EQE SUV will reach showrooms in the spring with a starting price of $79,050, Mercedes announced on Wednesday. That's only a small premium compared to the $76,050 starting price of the related EQE sedan. Both figures include a $1,150 destination charge. Those prices will qualify at least the base versions for a government tax credit—likely $3,750—because the EQE SUV is built in the U.S., specifically at Mercedes' plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where the EQS SUV is also built.
Two different EQE SUV grades will be available at that starting price. Buyers will be able to choose between a 350+ grade with a single motor at the rear generating a peak 288 hp, or a 350 4Matic grade with a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain, rated the same 288 hp as the 350+ but with 564 lb-ft of torque instead of 417 lb-ft. EPA-range estimates haven't been published, but adding all-wheel drive typically reduces range in EVs.
Mercedes will also offer three trim levels: Premium, Exclusive, and Pinnacle. Even the entry-level Premium trim offers a lot of features as standard. These include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.8-inch infotainment screen, navigation, heated front seats, a panorama glass roof, a Burmester audio system with Dolby Atmos, ambient lighting, parking sensors, and a surround-view camera system. The dash-wide Hyperscreen interface shown in photos isn't available on the EQE SUV for 2023, Mercedes has confirmed, the automaker hasn't ruled out the feature being added in future model years.
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
A more powerful 500 4Matic grade with a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain good for 536 hp will also be offered with a price of $90,650 including destination.
Buyers seeking further performance will be able to opt for an AMG-enhanced EQE SUV. This version will come with 617 hp as standard and 677 hp when equipped with an available Dynamic Plus Package. Availability and pricing for the AMG model haven't been announced.
EQE SUV buyers receive an unlimited number of 30-minute DC fast charging sessions via the Electrify America network for the first two years of an account being activated.