Mercedes presented the T-Class, as a premium and more elegant variant of the Mercedes Citan, which was introduced last year.
Just like the Citan, the T-Class shares its basics with the Renault Kangoo and will be available in a variant with SUS engines, but also as a fully electric variant.
Compared to light commercial vehicles, it offers a higher level of comfort, technology and safety equipment.
At first glance, the T-Class can be easily confused with the Citan Tourer, which is a passenger version of the Citan Panel Van.
However, a closer look reveals subtle design changes that bring it closer to the design language of Mercedes’ passenger car range.
This includes a set of optional 17-inch alloy wheels (standard “sixteen”), thinner chrome frames on the front grille, slightly modified bumpers that no longer accommodate fog lights and body-colored mirrors.
Still, the exterior has been softened compared to the futuristic EQT concept that will evolve into a serial version as an electric derivative of the T-Class.
Judging by Mercedes ’strategy with electric models, the EQT is expected to get a redesigned front and rear compared to the T-Class (as is the case with the EQA / GLA and EQB / GLB).
Let’s go back to MPV with SUS engines. The T-Class is 4,498 mm long, 1,859 mm wide and 1,811 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,716 mm.
Those dimensions put it below the larger V-Class in the Mercedes range, while in the near future the carmaker will offer the T-Class with a long wheelbase and space for up to seven seats.
Similarly, the interior is identical to the higher specifications of the Citana Tourer, except for a bit of aluminum-style plastic on the center console.
The T-Class gets more standard features in the available Style and Progressive lines, including MBUX infotainment with a 7-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto compatibility. However, don’t expect to find a fancy digital instrument panel.
Features include remote services, voice assistant, keyless operation, ambient lighting, Neotek imitation leather and Artico faux leather upholstery.
Potential Mercedes buyers are unlikely to notice this, but climate control is shared with several Renault, Nissan and Dacia models.
In terms of safety, the T-Class comes with seven airbags and various ADAS safety systems.
The latter are enriched with an optional driving assistance package that includes Active Distance Assist Distronic and Active Steering Assist.
The high body results in a spacious cabin, making it a great choice for families, leisure and sports enthusiasts who do not want or need to be part of the madness for SUV models.
The minivan has a sliding door on both sides, allowing easy access to the rear bench, which is wide enough to accommodate three child seats.
Rear passengers also have access to folding tables or pockets on the backrests of the seats.
The boot has a low loading edge, while the rear seats can be folded down, turning the T-Class into a real van. Customers can also opt for a two-piece rear door with an opening of up to 180 degrees.
The T-Class is available with a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, at least until the EQT arrives with its all-electric drive.
Of course, we offer a 1.5-liter diesel with 95 hp and 230 Nm in the T 160 d version or with 116 hp and 260 Nm in the T 180 d variant.
Jači has an “overpower and overtorque” function that increases power to 121 hp and 295 Nm in a short period of time.
For those who prefer petrol, the 1.3-liter engine produces 102 hp and 200 Nm in the T 160. On the other hand, the T 180 is the most powerful version with its 131 hp and 240 Nm.
All engines are combined with a standard six-speed manual transmission, while diesels and more powerful petrols are available with an optional seven-speed DCT automatic.
In any case, power is sent to the front wheels.
The new Mercedes-Benz T-Class will cost just under 30,000 euros in Germany for the initial T 160 with manual transmission, which is about 3,500 euros more than the Citan Tourer.
Source: Auto magazin by www.magazinauto.com.
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