2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 adds more oomph to the electric sedan
Mercedes-AMG is making a slow shift from fire-breathing beasts to electric rockets. It all started with their version of the Mercedes-AMG EQS. And now they have turned their heads towards the smaller sedan. Here is the 2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 with outputs that stump most petrol AMGs.
An AMG usually comes with the panache of a large V8 or V12 under the hood, roaring exhaust notes from the rear, and ballistic acceleration to boot. Even though the AMG EQE skips on the first two factors, it does not miss out on the final factor. It makes use of two electric motors to churn out 617 hp in its normal guise. This gets hiked up to 677 hp with a Boost function that comes with an optional Dynamic Plus package.
Belittling this power figure can only be done by the torque from an electric motor. The Mercedes-AMG EQE makes 950 Nm of it normally, and 1001 Nm of it with the aforementioned Boost function. To lay this power down, an all-wheel-drive system is necessary, and the dual-motor setup helps for the same. The AMG EQE gets the 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system, tweaked for the higher output from the electric motors.
With all this thunder under the skin, the AMG EQE can shoot from 0 to 100 kph in just over 3.4 seconds, with the Boost on. Without the Boost, it takes 0.2 seconds more to hit the target.
The area where its IC-engined siblings trump it is in the department of top speed. With the Dynamic Plus package, the AMG EQE can only hit 240 kph and only 220 kph without it. Of course, this may not be much of a disadvantage. But on the German Autobahn, the AMG EQE owners will have to make way for other, even smaller, petrol-powered AMGs.
To handle all this, Mercedes-AMG tweaks the EQE’s suspension. They package it as the AMG Ride Control+ system that bundles more rigid wheel carriers, suspension links, and sway bars. There are adaptive adjustable dampers as well, for better control than the regular EQE. With these changes, the AMG EQE sits half an inch lower than the regular EQE.
Rear-wheel steering is thrown in as standard, so are various drive modes. And of course, there are bigger brakes, six-piston calipers, and 16-inch discs up front for a better bite.
With electric cars, the faster you go, the lower the range will be. The AMG EQE is also a victim of this fact. The provisional WLTP range of this sedan is 444 to 518 kilometers, a lot lesser than the 660 km range of the standard EQE. But even then, it is a healthy figure and a good compromise to make, for the added performance you get. Fast charging capability of up to 170 kW is a boon though, juicing up to 180 km worth of power in 15 minutes.
What is an AMG without the style? So the Mercedes-AMG EQE gets its own slight touches on the exterior, including a black panel grill with vertical slats and AMG badging. The front vents are tweaked, a new splitter at the front and a diffuser at the rear is added along with a small new spoiler. Fresh AMG wheels complete the design.
Inside, the AMG EQE gets sport seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and a red highlight on the trim. The massive Hyperscreen is available but only as an option. For the ones graduating from a petrol AMG, there are AMG-specific sounds that are produced artificially based on the mode selected.
The Mercedes-AMG EQE is definitely going to be a mainstay in their international line-up. But the pricing and availability details are not out yet.