2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Offers No-Cost AWD, Unlike the Sedan

  • The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV’s starting prices range from $79,050 for the EQE350 to $90,650 for the EQE500.
  • Unlike the sedan version, Mercedes offers the rear-wheel 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.

CORRECTION 3/8/23: This story has been updated after a Mercedes-Benz spokesperson said the company’s original press release incorrectly stated the price of the Pinnacle trim levels on the EQE350 and EQE500 models.

Traditionally, automakers charge extra for popular options like four-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-car EQE350+ as the all-wheel-drive dual-car EQE350 4Matic. Both start at $79,050 in base Premium guise.

Price Match, Gang EQE

Mercedes continues to price-match those two EQE350 powertrain configurations in the two higher trim levels—Exclusive and Pinnacle. They start at $81,150 and $85,000, respectively. While the single-motor EQE350+ and the dual-motor EQE350 4Matic share an identical 288 horsepower, the additional motor brings an additional 147 pound-feet of torque (417 versus 564).

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

For whatever reason, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan does not have a no-cost AWD option. Opting for the dual motor setup on that car adds $3000. All-wheel drive also costs more on the EQS sedan and the EQS SUV.

Top EQE500 Eclipse $96K

The EQE500 4Matic SUV only comes with dual electric motors and four-wheel drive, so its price is simpler. The Premium trim represents the entry point to its 536-hp powerplant, 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 finest trim and approaches the six-figure mark. It starts at $96,600.

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

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