Mercedes EQE and EQS sedan and SUV customers in Canada now have the option to increase power to their vehicles by up to 80 hp, courtesy of a digital upgrade available via Mercedes’ online me connect store.
The power upgrade is available to Mercedes customers in North America that own either an all-electric EQE 350 sedan/SUV, and/or the larger EQS 450 sedan/SUV. The ‘Acceleration Increase On-Demand,’ accessible as an Over-the-Air option, is available for a one-time – sorry, ‘lifetime’ – fee of $2,500, or through $750 (annual) or $75 (monthly) instalments.
The Acceleration increase means the 288 hp in both the EQE 350 sedan / SUV – produced via two electric motors, one per axle – is increased remotely to 348 hp, knocking one second off each vehicle’s 0-100 km/h time: the EQE sedan will now do the sprint in 5.4 seconds, down from 6.4 seconds, while the SUV, as before, will be only two-tenths further behind.
The EQS 450 sedan /SUV, meanwhile, gets an 80 hp increase from 355 hp to 435 hp, though the 0-100 km/h times vary slightly: the sedan now drops 0.8s from 5.6 to 4.8 seconds, while the SUV drops 0.9s from 6.2 to 5.3 seconds.
Mercedes confirms that the Acceleration enhancements “are achieved without impacting the vehicles’ electric range,” meaning the estimated 418 km on the EQE 350 sedan, 407 km on the EQE 350 SUV, 547 km on the EQS 450 sedan, and 459 km on the EQS 450 SUV should not be affected.
Available to Canadian customers from Q3 this year, Mercedes states that the Acceleration Increase On-Demand upgrade improves convenience for its customers, who are no longer required to take their vehicles to a dealership. It’s also a handy – and ‘sexier’ – way of promoting its me connect store, where customers can update accoutrements like navigation and connectivity, as well as subscription packages like ‘Valet Service’ and ‘AMG Track Pace.’
Prices for the EQE 350 4MATIC sedan start from $85,600, while the more powerful EQE 500 is available from $95,000 onwards. The higher-performance, 677 hp Mercedes-AMG EQE 4MATIC, available in Canada this summer, will start from $121,500. The entry-level EQE SUV, meanwhile, unveiled last October, starts from $94,900, while the more powerful EQE 500 is available from $104,900.