Electric E-Class revealed: Mercedes EQE caught for the first time

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As with other German premium manufacturers, Mercedes is developing a significant range of electric sedans. The first is expected to be an S-Class sized EQS, but we know that these pictures show the smaller Mercedes EQE, the electric equivalent of the E-Class.

Mercedes-Benz is busy testing its future models in winter conditions and the really big news is the first appearance of the EQE. That all-electric newcomer from Mercedes was never seen before in production clothes.

Mercedes-Benz will be rolling out its electric model offensive under the EQ label in the coming years. The EQC already started the rush at the end of 2018. In the meantime, the smaller EQA and EQB have also come along and are expected to come onto the market this year.

Further in the future lies the introduction of the Mercedes EQE, which, unlike the aforementioned EQ models, does not have its electric power train wrapped up in an SUV package. The Mercedes EQE, as can be seen in these espionage photos, is more of a sedan / gran coupe.

The EQA, EQB and EQC broadly share their design with the GLA, GLB and GLC respectively. The Mercedes EQE is logically related to the E-Class, but at first glance the styling differences are huge.

It therefore seems that the EQE is going its own way in terms of design or possibly it could be a precursor to the lines of the next generation of the E-Class. Striking details are the low-positioned headlights, the relatively high C-pillar and the sloping roofline, reminiscent of the larger Vision EQS concept, previewing the electric S-Class.

Although there is still a lot of camouflage on the car, and every effort has been made to conceal all the character details – this effort is particularly impressive for the tail lights – the basic character of the car is still there. With its short nose, relatively long roofline and long wheelbase, Mercedes is preparing to do the same as Audi, BMW or Polestar: take Tesla with a familiar/similar design. It’s hard to say if this is a good idea, anyway, by the middle of the decade, the California manufacturer will need to prepare for the arrival of several direct opponents, and it looks like there will be at least one Mercedes among them.

All in all, the design also reminds one of another important future competitor; the BMW i4, which will be on the market at the end of 2021 and you can count on this Mercedes EQE to be available around that time too.

Other good news about the EQE is that the electric Mercedes sedan will be based on the new modular technical platform MEA, that can take full advantage of the benefits of the electric drive. The current single electric Mercedes, the EQC, was designed to be built on the same production line with the GLC, and uses therefore a modified variant of the regular SUV’s platform. By the time it arrives, Mercedes is expected to launch several other electric models: some cars are expected this year and next: the compact EQA, followed by the luxury EQS, bound to be the first model using the MEA platform.