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Contacted a dealer here in the US and he said I can submit my build for the eqe suv. We have to do it the hard way over the phone so he is going to call me in a few hours to do it.

Anyone else get to this point in the process?
 

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As of yesterday, my dealer said order guides had not been published. Please check again and share! Thanks!
Yes, I got that answer from a few other dealers I called as well but this one said they have no orders yet, I'm first and can submit a build but will see here in a few hours when he calls back. I'll update on if I actually get to submit or not.
 

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Yes, I got that answer from a few other dealers I called as well but this one said they have no orders yet, I'm first and can submit a build but will see here in a few hours when he calls back. I'll update on if I actually get to submit or not.
Please see if he can share the order guide. Or, how does he know the colors, trim, packages, etc? Sure he’s not confusing this with the sedan?
 

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Please see if he can share the order guide. Or, how does he know the colors, trim, packages, etc? Sure he’s not confusing this with the sedan?
He's getting all that together, he said he's able to build on his end but it's not on the website of course yet.

And i made sure we were both talking about the Suv, he seems to be knowledgeable and know what he's talking about. Will see soon.
 

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He's getting all that together, he said he's able to build on his end but it's not on the website of course yet.

And i made sure we were both talking about the Suv, he seems to be knowledgeable and know what he's talking about. Will see soon.
I now have an appointment at the dealer to drive the 350+ sedan tomorrow (Tuesday) to have a surrogate experience of powertrain. I will also ask him about his ordering capability while I'm there. Perhaps by then, we will have your experience to share.
 

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So this is what he said. Which I kind of knew but he thought we could order.

"Mr. Malone, this is Brent Hubler with Mercedes-Benz of Lubbock. I apologize for not reaching out to you at 1 - we discovered that what we are able to see on the EQE SUV is actually just a placeholder - there is not enough in there to actually configure a car. If you'd like, as soon as that information is available to me I will call you and we can put in your build. "
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So this is what he said. Which I kind of knew but he thought we could order.

"Mr. Malone, this is Brent Hubler with Mercedes-Benz of Lubbock. I apologize for not reaching out to you at 1 - we discovered that what we are able to see on the EQE SUV is actually just a placeholder - there is not enough in there to actually configure a car. If you'd like, as soon as that information is available to me I will call you and we can put in your build. "
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Sounds quite familiar at this time! Thanks very much for confirming!
 

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I took a two test drives this afternoon:
  1. EQE 350+ (to get an idea what the EQE SUV I expect to order might handle like)
  2. GLC 4matic Diesel (to get an idea about what the height, interior spaciousness and visibility of the EQE SUV might be like)

Of course, the EQE was my most important test. To summarize the results…I was awestruck. The silence! The smoothness of the ride! The stability! The acceleration! And I had this first impression despite the test vehicle not having the optional acoustic package, nor the air suspension and having only the 292hp engine.

A few other EQE thoughts…
  • The ambient LED lighting was very subtle and nice. I was worried that it was going to be distracting after seeing some of the pictures online.
  • The Burmester Sound system was awesome. The bass and Dolby made it feel like I was sitting in a movie theater.
  • I was told that there is no longer a traditional FM receiver. It’s been replaced by DAB, which, at least here in Sweden, does not have any subscription costs associated with it. (Probably this is not news to anyone, but I admit, this will be my first car purchase since I bought my Volvo S60 2.4T 20 years ago.)
  • I experienced an entirely black interior, which is what I expect to order for practicality (stains, scuff marks, etc.). I was worried about how dark it would seem inside with a black roof liner. My worries turned out to be unfounded, as the majority of the roof area is glass, which lets in a lot of light, even though it’s tinted. If I lived in a super-hot climate, however, and had to keep the sun roof shades closed most of the time, I might be less accepting of the darkness of an all-black interior.
  • Running boards. When first looking at the EQE SUV online, I was intrigued by the possibility of having running boards to aid vehicle entry and exit, given the SUV is a bit higher. There was an EQC in the showroom equipped with running boards. The EQC is about the physical size of the EQE SUV. To my amazement, I found that for me (5' 10" & slightly over 60yrs), the running boards were a big negative. The vehicle was still low enough to enter and exit without need for them and their presence actually made it more difficult to get out of the vehicle. This is because they’re not deep enough to use as a step, unless you have your foot parallel to the vehicle. Negative ergonomics, in my opinion!
  • The “heads up” projection display was on my test vehicle. It was the first time I’ve experienced such a feature. I got to use it before sunset and after. It was not distracting in either case. I definitely look forward to driving with this feature in the future!

The latest information the dealer had about being able to configure and take orders is: December 25th (!). Though they had this date, they did not seem to have a great degree of confidence in it. It’s a really odd “launch” date, in my opinion. It leaves me wondering if MB Sweden will be having some special Xmas launch event (???).
 

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As noted elsewhere, my two biggest takeaways from driving the 350+ sedan was having more than sufficient power for a family car/daily driver, poor instrument visibility for the speedo blocked by the steering wheel, and I really enjoyed the seating comfort and sound system! My dealer is also unsure of when we can order.
 

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I took a two test drives this afternoon:
  1. EQE 350+ (to get an idea what the EQE SUV I expect to order might handle like)
  2. GLC 4matic Diesel (to get an idea about what the height, interior spaciousness and visibility of the EQE SUV might be like)
Of course, the EQE was my most important test. To summarize the results…I was awestruck. The silence! The smoothness of the ride! The stability! The acceleration! And I had this first impression despite the test vehicle not having the optional acoustic package, nor the air suspension and having only the 292hp engine. A few other EQE thoughts…
  • The ambient LED lighting was very subtle and nice. I was worried that it was going to be distracting after seeing some of the pictures online.
  • The Burmester Sound system was awesome. The bass and Dolby made it feel like I was sitting in a movie theater.
  • I was told that there is no longer a traditional FM receiver. It’s been replaced by DAB, which, at least here in Sweden, does not have any subscription costs associated with it. (Probably this is not news to anyone, but I admit, this will be my first car purchase since I bought my Volvo S60 2.4T 20 years ago.)
  • I experienced an entirely black interior, which is what I expect to order for practicality (stains, scuff marks, etc.). I was worried about how dark it would seem inside with a black roof liner. My worries turned out to be unfounded, as the majority of the roof area is glass, which lets in a lot of light, even though it’s tinted. If I lived in a super-hot climate, however, and had to keep the sun roof shades closed most of the time, I might be less accepting of the darkness of an all-black interior.
  • Running boards. When first looking at the EQE SUV online, I was intrigued by the possibility of having running boards to aid vehicle entry and exit, given the SUV is a bit higher. There was an EQC in the showroom equipped with running boards. The EQC is about the physical size of the EQE SUV. To my amazement, I found that for me (5' 10" & slightly over 60yrs), the running boards were a big negative. The vehicle was still low enough to enter and exit without need for them and their presence actually made it more difficult to get out of the vehicle. This is because they’re not deep enough to use as a step, unless you have your foot parallel to the vehicle. Negative ergonomics, in my opinion!
  • The “heads up” projection display was on my test vehicle. It was the first time I’ve experienced such a feature. I got to use it before sunset and after. It was not distracting in either case. I definitely look forward to driving with this feature in the future!
The latest information the dealer had about being able to configure and take orders is: December 25th (!). Though they had this date, they did not seem to have a great degree of confidence in it. It’s a really odd “launch” date, in my opinion. It leaves me wondering if MB Sweden will be having some special Xmas launch event (???).
I agree re running boards, I skipped them as an option on my EQC for the same reason you gave. In fact, the only purpose they serve are to make your trouser bottoms dirty.
 

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I agree re running boards, I skipped them as an option on my EQC for the same reason you gave. In fact, the only purpose they serve are to make your trouser bottoms dirty.
The dealer mentioned to me that the running boards actually helped with aerodynamic efficiency in some way. Quite remarkable and counter-intuitive to me. While I want maximum range, I am willing to sacrifice some range by doing without running boards ;-)
 

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The dealer mentioned to me that the running boards actually helped with aerodynamic efficiency in some way. Quite remarkable and counter-intuitive to me. While I want maximum range, I am willing to sacrifice some range by doing without running boards ;-)
Ya there was a video where the guy was reviewing the car with the person in charge of making I think. He was asking questions like why no frunk? What's the difference between eqe and eqs etc but he also asked about the running boards the guy said it does help with range, he asked the guy about how much, what's the number? He didn't know exactly but said it was a small number so I think you will be fine without it.

I never had a vehicle with them, it looks nice but I'm 6ft3 and don't need them and heard they are just annoying for most.
 

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Ya there was a video where the guy was reviewing the car with the person in charge of making I think. He was asking questions like why no frunk? What's the difference between eqe and eqs etc but he also asked about the running boards the guy said it does help with range, he asked the guy about how much, what's the number? He didn't know exactly but said it was a small number so I think you will be fine without it.

I never had a vehicle with them, it looks nice but I'm 6ft3 and don't need them and heard they are just annoying for most.
Years ago, I owned a 1931 Franklin (no, I did not buy it new). That had SERIOUS running boards that were absolutely necessary for getting into the car. They were big enough to serve as make-shift picnic benches. No aerodynamic concerns whatsoever, I'm sure. It got 6 mpg when optimally tuned ;-)
 

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Ya there was a video where the guy was reviewing the car with the person in charge of making I think. He was asking questions like why no frunk? What's the difference between eqe and eqs etc but he also asked about the running boards the guy said it does help with range, he asked the guy about how much, what's the number? He didn't know exactly but said it was a small number so I think you will be fine without it.

I never had a vehicle with them, it looks nice but I'm 6ft3 and don't need them and heard they are just annoying for most.
I would be extremely interested in an explanation of how running boards would increase aerodynamics. I also dont understand why M-B didn’t make a frunk to fit at least one of the two charger cases supplied. Mine is a 2021 and wasn’t supplied with the plastic engine shield and the fitting holes for that shield would be perfect for a simple frunk. Anyone seen an aftermarket frunk?
 
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