• Mercedes-Benz has revealed the Mercedes-Benz EQE this week. An all-electric counterpart to the E-Class saloon and sitting below the EQS luxury saloon in Mercedes’ all-electric EQ lineup.

    The EQE is more compact than the EQS and has a wheelbase that is 90mm shorter, at 3120mm. In terms of external dimensions, it is comparable to the CLS. Like the latter, it has no tailgate but a fixed rear window and a boot lid. The interior dimensions even clearly exceed those of today's E-Class. The interior design and equipment are clearly based on the EQS, with MBUX Hyperscreen, automatic comfort doors (front) and rear-axle steering, for example, available as optional extras. In terms of noise and vibration comfort (NVH), the EQE is among the best in class.

    The battery has a usable energy content of 90 kWh, and the range of up to 410 miles (WLTP). The model range will include two variants at market launch, but just the EQE 350 has been detailed so far, including a 4MATIC version. An AMG version is also expected further down the pipeline.

    Pricing information is still to be confirmed for the Mercedes EQE, with sales expected to start before Summer 2022.

     
  • Renault has unveiled the all-new fifth generation of the Megane family car and along with it, an evolved body style and new EV powertrain.

    The All-New Renault Megane E-Tech Electric has transformed from its familiar 5-door family hatchback into that of a crossover and is the first of a new generation of electric vehicles from Renault to benefit from the new CMF-EV platform.

    The Megane E-Tech comes with a choice of two battery capacities: 40kWh for a range of 186 miles (WLTP), and 60kWh for a range of up to 292 miles (WLTP ). The 40-kWh battery is made of 8 modules of 24 cells each, distributed over a single layer. The 60-kWh battery consists of 12 modules of 24 cells each, spread over two layers.

    Megane E-Tech Electric sales will start in February 2022 with deliveries starting in the second quarter of 2022. Pricing is yet to be revealed.