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Mercedes-AMG EQE53 spied – all-electric exec to pack extra punch

AMG’s take on the EQE should mimic the larger EQS, but don’t expect a Taycan Turbo S-rival

Mercedes-AMG has been spied putting another all-electric model through its exhaustive testing regime, due to be a 53-version of the midsize EQE saloon. This new bespoke electric model line was first revealed back at the IAA Munich motor show in September 2021, previewing a downsized take on the new EQS running on the same EV platform, and with the same jelly-mould aesthetic.  

The EQE itself will sit in the executive space, being smaller and more mainstream in its proportions in comparison to a Porsche Taycan or Audi e-tron GT. Like most Mercedes execs, though, the EQE isn’t expected to remain at the lower end of the saloon pecking order, as like the E-class, it’ll be topped by this AMG model.

As yet, we don’t know the precise power figures AMG will liberate from the midsize model, but thanks to the EQE’s shared hardware and platform with the EQS, it will share the same powertrain as the EQS53 that was also revealed in Munich. That would give the EQE53 as much as 750bhp on overboost, 9bhp more than a Porsche Taycan Turbo S. Peak torque for AMG’s electric powertrain is also big, at 752lb ft (again on overboost). 

To correspond with the newfound power, we expect the EQE53 to also feature a range of chassis updates to handle it, namely a re-tuned adaptive air suspension system, four-wheel steering and AMG’s bespoke rear subframe. In the case of this prototype, the gold brake calipers also suggest carbon ceramic brakes to be available – likely as an expensive option. 

The 53’s styling will otherwise remain largely consistent with the standard EQE outside, with only small details like the vertical ‘grille’ stripes (mimicking the slats of AMG’s I.C models), a redesigned lower bumper trim and small lip spoiler due to be changed. Wheels will range between 20- to 22-inch options, with the curious use of a familiar set of 22-inch wheels from a different German brand (bonus points if you can guess what it’s from) in use on the prototype spotted in these images.

So why is this 750bhp EV going to be a ‘53’ and not the top-level ‘63’? Well AMG’s already confirmed that the hallowed ‘63’ moniker will only be utilised on bespoke products that are electrically motivated, rather than these adaptations of Merc’s mainstream EV range. 

Given the relatively short turnaround time between the EQS and the EQS53 reveal, we suspect it won’t be long until Mercedes-AMG shows off its new EQE53, but the wait to see what AMG really has in store as an all-electric performance flagship might take a little bit longer.

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