Mercedes continues to increase its selection of AMG-tuned EQ vehicles. After the EQS and the EQE in AMG trim, Affalterbach will release an EQE SUV. The civilian EQE SUV is scheduled for release in 2023, and the AMG variants with the prefixes 43 and 53 will follow shortly afterward. Now, our Erlkonig hunter has eliminated a prototype.
During a test drive in the frigid temperatures of Scandinavia, the vehicle looked somewhat different from the EQE SUV in civilian attire. The carbon-ceramic braking system shimmers behind the AMG alloy wheels, the bumper has a spoiler lip and a splitter, and the body is lowered.
Still concealed by camouflage are the bigger Mercedes star and the front apron with chrome struts, as well as the rear diffuser and larger spoiler. Numerous AMG insignia adorn the outside of the performance model.
The vehicle is built on the EVA 2 platform, which it shares with, among others, the EQE sedan. All AMG vehicles with the suffix “4-Matic” use a permanently excited electric motor on both axles, which combined constitute the all-wheel drive.
In the Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV 43 4-Matic, the combined output of both engines is 476 horsepower, the battery has a capacity of 90,6 kWh, and it can be recharged with a 170 kW fast charger. With the Dynamic Plus package’s boost feature, the EQE SUV with the 53 index temporarily produces a total of 626 horsepower. Depending on the chosen driving mode, the all-wheel-drive system continually distributes engine power across the axles in response to driving conditions.
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Naturally, AMG establishes its own criteria for batteries and drives, and it equips its models with a new inverter for greater engine speeds and more power. Additionally, AMG has enhanced cooling. For proper negative acceleration, a business in Affalterbach put a ceramic brake behind the 21-inch light-alloy wheels, which approximately corresponds to the EQS.
AMG envisions elaborately contoured half leather seats with contrasting stitching and an AMG emblem for the inside. Controlling the amount of recovery is a leather steering wheel with metal paddles that the driver holds. The driving mode dial and assignable function buttons are positioned on the spokes of the steering wheel. In addition, there are AMG-specific pedals, door sills, and floor mats.
Mercedes will debut an electric SUV in 2023 with the EQE SUV – similar to the approach for the EQS or EQE sedan. There is also an AMG version of the electric SUV, which was customized by the Affalterbach-based firm to provide clients with the usual AMG driving experience.