Mercedes-Benz’s EQE Electric Sedan Goes Hyperscreen

The Mercedes-Benz EQ lineup of electric alternatives to mainstream, gas- and diesel-fed Benzes continues its inexorable growth. Meet the new EQE, the electric E-Class-sized offering that will debut at the IAA auto show newly taking place in Munich, Germany this year instead of its longtime home in Frankfurt.

Just as the EQC is an electric GLC-Class-sized SUV, and the new EQS is an S-Class-sized sedan, the EQE will be the EQ family’s midsize luxury sedan option. However, unlike the EQC—and just like the EQS—the EQE will sit on Benz’s new dedicated electric car platform.

So far, Mercedes-Benz has released only darkened teaser images of the EQE’s exterior and interior, but it’s clear that the automaker intends to draw a link between this sedan and the larger EQS. Just look at the EQE’s flowing profile and roofline that seems to extend from the tip of its nose to the end of its tail; this suggests the smaller sedan will even more aggressively chase the new-age pod look introduced by the EQS. From what we can make out, however, the EQE will wear more pronounced fender bulges front and rear, and the tail will enjoy full-width lighting.

The EQS vibes pulse even stronger inside, where the EQE adopts an almost identical interior layout and—get this—a seemingly scaled-down version of the Hyperscreen full-width dashboard display. We figure this eye-popping piece will be optional on the EQE, just as it is on the EQS. If the EQE manages to sport the same dual 12-ish-inch instrument panel units and central 17.7-inch screen as the EQS, that should mean less black surround to break up the cohesive “giant screen” effect that Mercedes is going for with the Hyperscreen. After all, the EQS is so large that even its large trio of Hyperscreen displays sit some distance apart, tied together via a piano-black glass panel that stretches from door to door. Here, the effect that the digital gauge cluster blends into the central display which then blends into the screen in front of the passenger could be even more convincing.

Look for the EQS to be available with a single electric motor in rear-wheel-drive form and dual motors (one per axle) in all-wheel-drive guise. Battery sizing is to be determined, along with almost every other pertinent detail about this new electric Benz. So stay tuned for that info to drop in September when the EQE debuts in Munich.

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