When it comes to making the transition toward fully electric vehicles, Mercedes-Benz started.
That Journey with the flagship sized EQS Sedan nearly two
years ago, here in America I had a chance to drive that vehicle and I was somewhat
impressed with the amount of technology and real world range, that the EQS gave
us now of course as Mercedes continues to move toward being an all-electric
brand by the year 2030 it makes sense for them to introduce a smaller sedan.
1: Which is why I’m standing by this model here this is the 2023 eqe and just like.
The EQS is an S-Class size vehicle, this is about a foot shorter making it more
of an E-class sized luxury sedan and this model here being the 500 version
means, we have standard dual motor all-wheel drive a 90 kilowatt hour
battery pack up to 260 miles of range and a price that is significantly less
versus, the EQS so if you guys are in the market for an electric luxury sedan and
you demand a brand like Mercedes-Benz, how does this 2023 EQS 500 stock up stay tuned to find out.
Normally the part where I’d open up the hood and show you guys if an electric
vehicle has a frunk or not sadly, just like the larger EQS Mercedes does not
allow owners to actually open up the hood, so I can’t show you guys if this
car has a front or not now, I will say that you can get the hood open if you
have the right tools to pop open this cover where the hood latch release would
be and we know that the eqs does not have a frunk because that is where the
HEPA air filtration system lives which is why they don’t let you open it it’s
reserved again for Mercedes-Benz Chuck Mission, but let’s go ahead and talk
about the powertrain specs on this car this is the EQS 500, which is me which
means this comes standard with dual electric motors with dual motor
all-wheel drive it’,s fed by a 90.6 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack
so it’s a little bit smaller versus the one in the flagship EQS and in this car
it makes a pretty good 402 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, that torque
figure is pretty astonishing it’s what makes EVS of course super quick it, just
gives you that instantaneous thrust if you guys don’t require this much power
there’s also an eqe 350 plus with or without 4matic all-wheel drive which
means you have 288 horsepower and around 391 pound-feet of torque with rear wheel
drive I haven’t actually had a chance to drive that model, but that is the base.
2: Version of the car that will get up to 305 miles of range this model here being.
The EQS 500 version gets around 260 miles of range, there’s also an AMG model that
gets up to 667 horsepower that only does around 225 miles of range, which again
the range figures aren’t quite as good as the EQS, because this has a smaller
battery pack now, I do want to show you guys if you can’t get the hood open and
you want to add some windshield washer fluid you actually have to come over
here, to the driver’s side and open up this little flap that is where you fill
the vehicle up with washer fluid so that’s something to keep in mind again
you can open up this Hood if you have the right tools but, let’s talk about
this styling of the eqe because just like on the EQS aerodynamics was the
main priority when it came time to design this vehicle, you can see my
tester is painted in obsidian black I believe it’s an extra charge color and
while, I typically don’t like showing a black press car or black vehicle because
it just doesn’t show well on camera, I have to say that it looks really good in
terms of you know the styling of this car although I will say I still am not
in love with the Jelly Bean shape of this car Mercedes says this vehicle has
a 0.22 coefficient of drag it’s not quite as slippery as the eqs’s point to
zero now looking at the headlights, you can see my tester has the Digital Light
full LED headlights which include an LED daytime running light and turn signal,
these headlights have the ability to project symbols and and signs onto the
road as part of of course their Digital Light technology although it’s, not
technically active here in America, because while they did approve that it.
3: Still hasn’t been put into effect just yet so again something to keep in mind.
Down here you can see there are some fake vents no fog lights, but you do have
that new corporate EQ Grille, that has kind of those three stars in the actual
Grille you have a big Mercedes logo there with a front camera system and of
course there’s no actual opening here down here there are I believe some
active Grille shutters, but this is an EV it doesn’t require uh any kind of
cooling or at least not as much cooling, you can see the slippery shape this like
egg shape the Jelly Bean shape really helps with aerodynamics sadly it, doesn’t
do much for the design of the car and this is where, I do think the eqe has a
slightly better look versus the eqs but remember this car competes with vehicles
like the BMW I4 the Tesla Model S, the Lucid air the Porsche ticon the Audi
e-tron GT and all of those Vehicles just have a more interesting design so it
really disappoints me that Mercedes puts such a high priority on exterior
coefficient of drag versus, The Styling I would happily sacrifice that for a
sexier shape versus this kind of egg look now looking around the side profile
you can see this is a relatively big sedan even though it, is a mid-sized car
it has a 122.9 inch wheelbase so from front wheel to rear wheel, you can really
see just how long the wheelbase is because the front and rear overhang is
really short the overall length is just under 197 inches long so again, it’s
about a foot shorter than the eqs and you can see here my tester has kind of
the standard 19 inch wheels wrapped in a 255 45 r19 Bridgestone all season Tire.