MUNICH -- Mercedes is touting a long driving range and advanced connectivity features in its EQE full-electric car to win buyers in the key executive sedan segment.
The EQE, the battery-powered alternative to the E-Class, is the second model based on Mercedes’ EVA2 electric platform after the brand’s EQS battery-powered flagship.
The EQE’s driving range of 660 km (410 miles) under the WLTP test cycle means it is "absolutely suitable for touring," Mercedes said in a statement ahead of the car’s public debut at the IAA Munich auto show on Sept. 6.
The EQE's long range on a single charge will be the benchmark figure among competitors, Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius said.
"One in 10 Mercedes customers choose an electric option already, and I'm sure the EQE will win over more customers," Kallenius said.
The EQE will launch with two variants, including the 288-hp EQE 350, Mercedes said. Details of the other model were not disclosed.
The sedan’s wheelbase is 90 mm shorter than the EQS at 3120 mm and in terms of external dimensions, it is comparable to the CLS, Mercedes said.
Giving the EQE a dedicated electric platform rather than converted combustion model underpinnings means the sedan has a long driving range and a roomier interior.
Kallenius said the EQE has an "exceptional" amount of room inside. Its interior length is 80-mm longer than the E-Class.
The four-link front suspension and multilink rear suspension of the EQE is also closely related in design to the EQS.