This is the SUV version of the electric Mercedes E-Class, which will be on sale here early next year. It's the eighth EV from Mercedes, which now has a vastly increased model range and a battery EV in almost every market segment.

The EQE is a five-seater - the bigger EQS gets the seven seat option - but both cars share quite a few designs features and styling cues. Overall, the shape is moulded and rounded rather than sharp - clearly a design Mercedes thinks will appeal to younger buyers at whom this car is aimed - and the influence of the EQS is noticeable.

Mercedes claims headroom, legroom, and elbow room are all generous enough to make the car one of the most spacious in its class and the proportions - 4.8 metres long, 1.9 metres wide and 1.6 metres high - would suggest this might not be such an exaggeration. Front and rear overhangs are kept to a minimum to create that extra interior space.

The Mercedes signature widescreen instrument panel is present as is the familiar console layout.

In terms of range, Mercedes claims the latest model can achieve a distance of up to 590km, "depending on its equipment and load configuration".

There will also be a four wheel drive option and towing capacity is 1,800kg for that version and 750 kg for the standard rear wheel drive model.The entry-level model will be the 180kW 300, followed and a 350 4MATIC SUV. More powerful options will also be available, including two AMG versions.

A heat pump that captures waste heat from its electric drive to heat the interior is one of the standard technical features, along with a full safety pack, which includes automatic braking.

Prices won’t be known until nearer the launch date.