Mercedes-Benz is beefing up its all-electric EQ model range this year with the all-new 2023 EQE SUV, and we were more than excited to catch up with it along the sunny coastal roads of Portugal.

Following the EQS SUV, this is the second fully-electric SUV from Mercedes-EQ to be based on the premium-class electric architecture.

“The EQE SUV shares the same basic platform as the EQE sedan, but with a 3-1/2 inch shorter wheelbase, it gives the impression of being a much more sleek, compact, nimble package. That translates inside as well. When you’re driving, it has great agility, a surprisingly spacious five-passenger cabin, good visibility all around…everything you want in an SUV.”

No doubt that agility is enhanced by the available 10-degree rear axle steering and AIRMATIC suspension. A full suite of active driver assistance systems is available as standard or on the option list.

Facing the driver and passenger is a full-width, low energy oled touch display. A standard Burmester 3D sound system encompasses the occupants’ ears, while a full-length panorama roof washes them in sunlight.

Three models will be offered in the U.S., all with 90.6 kilowatt-hour battery packs, feeding through a single-speed transmission. Max range of 279 miles will go to the EQE 350 plus, with a rear axle 215 kilowatt motor outputting 288 horsepower and 417 pound feet of torque. Base price is $79,050 including the destination charge.

Stepping up to the dual-motor EQE 350 4MATIC for the same price nets you an increase in torque to 564 pound feet and the advantages of all-wheel-drive, but comes at the cost of a reduced 253-mile range.

Top-line EQE 500 4MATIC comes in at $90,650, and ups the power output to 402 horsepower, with a whopping 633 pound-feet of torque on tap, while still delivering 269 miles per charge.

We expect the EQE SUV to be a volume leader for mercedes-eq thanks to its smart cab-forward design, comprehensive list of standard features and warm, engaging interior.

U.S. arrivals are slated for later this spring. In the meantime, stay tuned to MotorWeek for more details and a thorough stateside road test.