Would you expect any less? Of course not but we guess it’s good to know the Mercedes-Benz EQE fully electric sedan, just arriving in Australia, has passed safety tests with flying colours to achieve the full five-star ANCAP rating.
The local division recently analysed crash test data sent over by Euro NCAP and found the sleek new sedan met its credentials, achieving “high scores” under the 2020-2022 protocols. It actually recorded the second-highest scores in two areas.
For the adult occupant protection portion, ANCAP gave it 95 per cent. That’s the second-highest score it has ever handed out for this section of analysis. It also reported an equal second-highest in the department of child occupant protection, with 92 per cent.
Comparatively high scores were also reported in the two other main areas, with 83 per cent given for its vulnerable road user protection skills (pedestrian), and 82 per cent for its safety assist technology systems. ANCAP CEO, Carla Hoorweg, said:
“Continuing the marque’s safe and green credentials, the Mercedes-Benz EQE offers another safe and green option. ANCAP’s Safe and Green guide is designed to help consumers easily compare the safety of alternative-powered models – and with over 60 current models holding a five-star ANCAP safety rating, there are plenty of options.”
ANCAP says the Mercedes-Benz EQE comes standard with a range of airbags, which no doubt helped, including one positioned at the driver’s knee, a centre airbag to protect against head clashing in the front, and head and chest airbags for the front and second row.
The Mercedes-Benz EQE is just arriving in Australia now, coming in as the brand’s next all-new completely electric model range. It follows models such as the EQC SUV, and more recently the EQS that launched last year, and the EQA and EQB small fully electric SUVs.
Like most car brands, Mercedes-Benz has set a timeframe on a transition to an electrified and fully electric vehicle fleet. In 2021 it announced that all brand-new models will be electric from 2025. Existing platforms are set to overlap with combustion engines for a little while. At the time, CEO Ola Kallenius said:
“The tipping point is getting closer and we will be ready as markets switch to electric-only by the end of this decade. This step marks a profound reallocation of capital. By managing this faster transformation while safeguarding our profitability targets, we will ensure the enduring success of Mercedes-Benz.”
The Mercedes-Benz EQE is on sale and available to order in Australia now. Prices kick off from the following (not including on-road costs):
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 300: $134,900
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 4Matic: $154,900