2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV to offer no-cost AWD unlike the sedan

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV to offer no-cost AWD unlike the sedan

  • Starting prices for the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV range from $79,050 for the EQE350 to $90,650 for the EQE500.
  • Unlike the sedan version, Mercedes offers the rear-drive EQE350+ and the all-wheel-drive EQE350 4Matic at the same price.
  • The ’23 EQE SUV’s three powertrains are offered with three trim levels: Premium, Exclusive and Pinnacle.

Traditionally, automakers charge extra for popular options like all-wheel drive, but one brand is breaking the mold. When the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV goes on sale this spring, customers will pay the same price for the rear-drive single-motor EQE350+ as the all-wheel-drive dual-motor EQE350 4Matic. Both start at $79,050 in base premium guise.

Value Match, Isle EQ

Mercedes matches those two EQE350 powertrain configurations in the two higher trim levels—Exclusive and Pinnacle. They start at $81,150 and $84,750, respectively. While the single-motor EQE350+ and dual-motor EQE350 4Matic share the same 288 horsepower, the extra motor brings an additional 147 pound-feet of torque (417 versus 564).

Mercedes expects the extra grunt to barely affect acceleration, though, with the AWD version’s zero-to-60-mph time estimated to be a tenth quicker at just 6.2 seconds. The second electric motor might affect its driving range, but we won’t know until Mercedes releases official estimates for the EQE SUV.

Whatever the reason, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQI sedan doesn’t have a no-cost AWD option. The dual-motor setup option on that car adds $3000. All-wheel drive on the EQS sedan and EQS SUV also cost more.

Top EQE500 Eclipse $96K

The EQE500 4Matic SUV only comes with dual electric motors and all-wheel drive, so its pricing is more straightforward. The Premium trim represents the entry point to its 536-hp powertrain, and it starts at $90,650. Stepping up to the EQE500 adds $2100, for a starting sticker price of $92,750. The Pinnacle is the fanciest trim and reaches up to the six-figure mark. It starts at $96,350.

Mercedes is yet to announce pricing for the upcoming AMG version of the EQE SUV, so stay tuned for that.

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