Last month we were might try the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUVand found that it is not so far from the formula Mercedes laid out with his own Sedan EQS. It’s still quite luxurious, comfortable, quiet and tech-rich, but slightly bigger and more capable. Also, being an SUV, we suspect it will be much more popular than its sedan counterpart. Now the German luxury brand is following suit with 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV, which is the next logical and predictable step in the development of the EQ line. Moreover, taking into account 2024 Mercedes AMG EQE SUV, we think it might be the most exciting EQ model yet.

We were able to preview (no cameras) the EQE SUV, including the AMG-Line styling and the full AMG version, personally driving the EQS SUV, and were delighted to find a successful implementation of the smaller-than-EQS evolution in the EQ line. Mercedes literally calls the EQE SUV “a multi-functional option EQE flagship sedan.” And what we see here confirms it. We especially like the sharp lines on the hood and the light strip at the front that connects the headlights. The side profile offers a sharply raked front pillar and a coupe-like C-pillar line in body color before a black roof spoiler. There is no large, protruding rear bumper that creates an almost cascading effect at the rear of the car.

Despite its similarities to the EQS sedan, the EQS has some surprises. By the way, its 119.3-inch wheelbase is actually 3.5 inches shorter than the sedan’s. The EQE SUV is also 191.5 inches long overall (5.5 inches shorter than the sedan), 66.4 inches tall and 76.4 inches wide. This helps to create short overhangs that make the EQE SUV particularly manoeuvrable.

Aerodynamics is a big part of the design, with a drag coefficient of around 0.26. If you look closely, you can see subtle inclusions, such as a small lip on the side of the taillights and a small flap in front of the rear wheel, which help the air flow smoothly through the car. Surprisingly, the inclusion of accessible footboards actually helps improve the air even more. Mercedes expects a WLTP range of around 342 miles from its 90.6 kWh batteryalthough the United States EPA the range is not yet available.

The AMG EQE The SUV provides visual appeal with an array of gorgeous details. We like the raised vertical lines on the AMG nose, which help the grille insert convincingly mimic the slats of the open AMG internal combustion grille. Instead of a three-pointed star, the AMG Affalterbach logo flaunts on the hood. Digital headlights are standard, and they project the Mercedes and AMG logos onto the wall when the car is turned off. On the sides, we see larger wheel options, ranging from 21 to 22 inches, as opposed to 19 to 21 inches for the non-AMG model. We particularly like the Turbine spokes on offer here, which hide the carbon-ceramic front end brakes with painted calipers. While the standard EQE SUV has plastic cladding, the AMG has body-colored wheel arches. At the rear, the real AMG model has three horizontal stripes in ovals in the lower corners of the rear panel, while the lesser AMG-Line versions have only two.

Inside, the EQE SUV is very similar to the EQE sedan, except for the more upright seats. It elegantly combines traditional and new materials, both natural and synthetic. NeoTex, found in various places such as the armrests, is incredibly soft. Mercedes describes it as a combination of “the look of nubuck leather and high-tech neoprene,” but it almost resembles the delicate feel of seal fur. Other materials, such as artificial leather and wood with aluminum inlay, make the interior of the EQE SUV truly luxurious and sophisticated. Of course, the technology is on the cutting edge, and the Highfalutin’ Hyperscreen can span the entire dashboard.

Mercedes hasn’t announced exactly which powertrain options will be available in the EQE SUV, but we can expect the setups to be similar to the sedan. These will include rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions of the dual-motor 4Matic with different outputs. The threshold EQE SUV also has different levels of regenerative braking, from coasting to single-pedal driving, including an automatic regeneration mode.

As for the Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV, its front and rear engines will deliver a total of 617 horsepower, or up to 677 horsepower with Boost when equipped with the AMG Dynanic Plus package. AMG also features a Race Start function that unleashes full power, complete with a unique sound both inside and outside the car. It will do 0-62 mph in about 3.5 seconds. The car also features AMG-adapted air suspension with damping technology borrowed from the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door, lowered ground clearance for Sport and Sport+ modes, active roll stabilization (and the required 48-volt system to power it afterwards), and standard rear axle steering.

The AMG EQE cabin has a choice of four unique interiors with faux leather seats as standard. The flat-bottomed Nappa leather steering wheel has dedicated controls for things like audio and Dynamic Select modes. Hyperscreen gets AMG-specific graphics, including AMG performance readings for the center screen.

Seeing the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV, including—or rather, especially—the AMG version, was a treat that no photo can do justice to. We’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the latest, arguably the best product in the Mercedes EQ range.