What do you do when you see a Mercedes Benz prototype in testing while carrying a camera device on you? A Californian was recently in the right place and with the right equipment to capture the German automaker’s first AMG SUV to be sold on American soil.
The AMG variant of the EQE SUV looks deceptively like its base model counterpart, but it hides a performance SUV that packs a punch with an impressive 677 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque.
Powered by a dual-motor all-wheel-drive drivetrain fed by a 90.8kWh battery, the AMG EQE SUV goes from 0-60mph in just 3.4 seconds. The EV offers a driving range of 294 miles, courtesy of its 90.8 kWh battery.
The AMG EQE SUV will also receive numerous improvements, including Mercedes’ signature performance air-suspension setup, a luxury interior upgrade typical of AMG vehicles, and a sizable price bump, shooting the starting price well above the $100,000 mark in the United States.
The AMG EQE SUV is a significant investment for Mercedes as it looks to beat its competitors in the luxury market, including Porsche and BMW. The launch of this model indicates the brand’s commitment to electrifying its product lineup to meet increasing competition from traditional rivals and the growing presence of Tesla in the market.
While the AMG EQE SUV is expected to show up on dealer lots later this year, more details, including exact pricing information, are yet to be released.
Mercedes is reportedly dropping the EQ branding soon.