16 November 2023
Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Launched in Singapore

The EQE SUV range starts with the EQE 300, and AMG variants are due to arrive later.

The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV was launched in Singapore on Tuesday, 14 November 2023. Featuring a more compact 3030mm length than its EQS SUV sibling and a wheelbase that’s 90mm shorter, the EQE SUV is perfectly positioned to be daily driven on our urban streets.

“As we work towards being ready to go all-electric in Singapore by 2030, every new model launched in this lead-up represents great significance to us, our brand and our sustainability efforts – and the EQE SUV certainly does not disappoint. The EQE SUV is not only on the leading edge of Mercedes-Benz user and driver experience, but is also produced on a net carbon-neutral basis, while incorporating more resource-saving materials in its production,” said Claudius Steinhoff, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Singapore.

“While we continue to redefine desirability in this new phase of growth and progress towards electric mobility, the EQE SUV represents a strong vision of the direction we wish to head in – best-in-class driver and passenger engagement and connectivity, paired with a striking design and emotional appeal. We look forward to showcasing glimpses of Mercedes-Benz’ all-electric future to our local consumers through the EQE SUV, and hope they’ll join us in our ambition towards a greener tomorrow,” he added.

At launch, the EQE 300 Electric Art will be available, with the EQE 350+ AMG Line coming a little later. Some time in the future, there will also be full-on AMG variants.

The EQE 300 features 245hp and 550Nm of torque, and drive is sent to the rear wheels. 0-100km is dispatched in 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 210km/h.

Its 107kW battery pack is able to charge in 32 minutes at a 170kW DC fast charger, and at 18.9kWh/100km WLTP combined consumption offers up to 565km of range from a single charge. This means not having to visit the charger so often during one’s weekly commutes.

Not only that, but Mercedes-Benz is also offering a ten-year or 250,000km performance guarantee on the EQE SUV’s battery pack.

The EQE SUV also comes well-specified for the Singapore market. In conjunction with the standard Premium Package, the also-standard Driving Assistance Plus Package comprises:

  • Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • Active Steering Assist including lane detection at low speeds with a 360° camera
  • Active Emergency Stop Assist
  • The Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function
  • Evasive Steering Assist
  • Active Blind Spot Assist

Also, the EQE SUV comes with rear axle steering. This is highly beneficial around town and in tighter parking spaces where the rear wheels can turn in the opposite direction to the fronts by up to ten degrees, reducing turning circle from 12.3 metres to 10.5 metres.

The EQE SUV can also be optioned with AIRMATIC air suspension with adaptive ADS+ dampers. This allows the vehicle to maintain ground clearance regardless of load, but also make changes when needed such as reducing ride height when stopping to alight and pick up passengers, and raising it by up to 30mm when rougher terrain needs to be negotiated at speeds of up to 80km/h.

Also on offer is DIGITAL LIGHT which is a light module with three extremely powerful LEDs in each headlamp. Light refraction duties fall to 1.3 million micro-mirrors. This means 1.3 million pixels for Mercedes-Benz to play with and optimise light output.

By using a control unit with a powerful graphic processor that uses an HDMI-like connection to generate a continuous video stream to the mirrors, precise light distribution is possible and Highbeam Assist Plus is highly accurate when masking out oncoming traffic or traffic signs.

On the inside, one finds the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) that’s supported by artificial intelligence (AI). The MBUX system can proactively display the right functions at the right time for the user by reacting to changes in the surroundings and user behaviour and permanently optimising itself.

This, coupled with the “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant, allows the user to operate various actions and functions, and some even without the “Hey Mercedes” activation keyword, and brings the EQE SUV properly into and beyond 2023 from a technological integration perspective.

Mercerdes-Benz has also fully integrated the major music streaming services like Spotify, TIDAL and Apple Music into the MBUX infotainment system courtesy of its Online Music service. Add to that Dolby Atmos integration, and one is in for an aural treat when listening to suitably-specified tracks.

The EQE SUV can also be optionally fitted with ENERGIZING AIR CONTROL Plus. The HEPA High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter has a very high filtration level to trap fine particles, microparticles, pollen and other substances entering from the outside air.

An activated carbon coating reduces sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, as well as odours in the interior. This would help ensure a cleaner, healthier and more comfortable journey for occupants.

Luggage space in the rear is a healthy 520 litres as standard. Incline the rear seatbacks by about 10 degrees, and this capacity goes up to 580 litres.

Drop the 40:20:40 split-folding seatbacks and a total of 1,675 litres of cargo capacity can be liberated.

We’ll have more on the EQE SUV when we get behind the wheel for a review drive. Watch this space.

Photo Credits: Sean Loo (@auto.driven)

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