A new van-based MPV is about to join the Mercedes line-up Known as the T-Class, the newcomer’s digital premiere will take place on April 26 at 1.00 pm (BST) and will provide the brand with a VW Caddy-rival car that will sit below the current V-Class.
The T-Class is built alongside the closely related Sitin and Sitin Tourer. Revealed in the accompanying teaser image of the announcement, the front end of the T-Class will have very similar styling features with its van cousin.
The Mercedes T-Class is billed as a “premium small van for an active lifestyle” for drivers who “need a lot of space, but still want to drive a car with compact exterior dimensions”. It will have a pair of sliding doors and an upmarket cabin that “claims to carry Mercedes’ DNA.” Car-makers expect the latest MBUX infotainment system that includes its “Hey Mercedes” on-board assistant, and a class-leading level of technology and connectivity.
A near-production-ready version of the upcoming Mercedes T-Class is set to be tested on German roads in 2020.
Featuring a striking camouflage, the late-stage prototype reveals that the T-Class has a traditional van-shaped silhouette but seems to have got more defined shoulders and wheelbarrows. This is an attempt to ensure that it is recognized as a Mercedes, although the T-Class under the skin will be built on the same platform as the next Renault Kangu and Nissan’s next small van.
The T-Class is again being built in collaboration with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, and the van’s platform is a modified version of the latest Renault Megan.
Underneath the bonnet, the T-Class is expected to get petrol and diesel engines from the Renault-Nissan Alliance, 1.5-liter diesel and 1.3-liter turbocharged petrol currently available in Mercedes A-Class, Renault Cadzar and more. Both Nissan Kashkai are available.
A plug-in hybrid version is unlikely, but only because an electronic EQT version – previewed by a 2021 concept of the same name – is being developed. When it comes down to it, the battery-powered small MPV will provide fast acceleration and a range of about 150 miles.
The T-Class is expected to go on sale in August along with Citin and Ecton, with the UK-market launching next November. We have to wait until 2023 for EQT.
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