Mercedes T-Class electric to be called the Mercedes EQT

Daimler trademarked the name EQT last year, hinting that the Mercedes T-Class electric could be launched as the Mercedes EQT. Daimler retails the V-Class electric using the nomenclature (EQ + model series letter) – Mercedes EQV.

Today Daimler announced that Mercedes-Benz Vans would unveil Concept EQT online on Monday, 10 May, at 11.00 a.m. (CEST). The concept model is a forerunner to the T-Class in the small-van segment. The battery-electric variant would precede combustion models.

Mercedes EQT Concept Teaser
A teaser of the Mercedes EQT Concept released by Daimler earlier today.

The near-production Mercedes EQT concept will offer a glimpse of the EV variant of the forthcoming T-Class. The company says that with the EQT, it is trying to use the formula of the V-Class in the smaller segment and promises a new level of quality. The interior would be roomy and flexible, says Daimler, and buyers can expect the usual safety, value, connectivity, and comfort standards.

The Mercedes EQT is to be positioned as the entry-level model for families and leisure active personal vehicle buyers to enter the Mercedes-Benz family.

Next-gen Mercedes Citan 2022 rendering
The design of the next-gen Citan is poised and ready for full electrification (as the Mercedes EQT). Image Source: AG

In recent updates, mbpassionblog reported last month that the Mercedes T-Class would be launched in Europe from spring 2022 (March-May 2022). The same month, Brazilian KDesign AG rendered the next-gen Mercedes Citan, the van from which the Mercedes T-Class is to be derived. The T-Class, to be a separate model line, will get a unique front fascia. The all-new Citan seen here is inspired by Mercedes-Benz passenger models. The T-Class and EQT coming off the Citan platform would be better equipped and lifestyle-oriented, targeting the VW Caddy range in Europe.

In August 2020, reader Colin Klinger emailed a spy shot of the Mercedes T-Class undergoing testing near the Stuttgart airport area in Germany with local plates. This was the first sighting of the new member of the Mercedes-Benz Vans family. The spy shot (featured image) clearly indicates the French roots of the Mercedes T-Class. The new luxury city van is based on the third-gen Renault Kangoo (pictured above). We expect only the fascias to have noticeably different designs on the outside. Daimler might go for intensive changes on the inside with a more elegant dashboard, extra comfort creatures and new technologies. A five-star Euro NCAP rating is another milestone that should be conquered. Expect to see the T-Class in five- and seven-seat configurations.

2021 Renaul Kangoo E-Tech to which Mercedes T-Class electric could be related
The Renault Kangoo Z.E. and the Mercedes EQT will follow a leader-follower approach, with the French van arriving before the German model. Image Source: Groupe Renault

The Mercedes T-Class will have unique positioning. Taking birth in the Mercedes-Benz Vans division, the T-Class will further expand the German automaker’s range of electric vans. The aforementioned next-gen Mercedes Citan small van will be based on the CMF-C platform of the third-gen Renault Kangoo. Unlike the T-Class, it will be targeted at commercial customers.

Design, Features & Specifications

Mercedes EQV charging
Daimler sells three electric vans, namely Mercedes eVito, Mercedes eSprinter, and Mercedes EQV (pictured). The Mercedes Citan electric and the Mercedes EQT will complete this lineup. Image: Daimler

The teaser image of the T-Class Daimler released in August 2020 hinted at a compact and curvy design. The new MPV embodies the Sensual Purity design theme elements, Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Daimler, has confirmed. Daimler designated ‘T’ to its new private van because it stands for efficient room concepts. As for the Mercedes T-Class features and specifications, officially revealed so far are that it will have sliding doors on both sides and come with an electric powertrain.

We reckon the specifications of the Mercedes EQT would be similar to those of the 2022 Renault Kangoo Z.E. The all-new Kangoo Z.E. has a 44 kWh battery pack that gives a range of around 265 km (WLTP), and it supports charging at up to 75 kW (80% charge in 42 minutes). It uses an electric motor that generates 75 kW (102 PS) and 245 Nm.

Mercedes T-Class teaser
A EuroNCAP 5-star safety rating and seating accommodations for five and seven passengers would be talking points of the T-Class and the EQT. Image: Daimler

The Mercedes T-Class, including the T-Class electric, should be manufactured alongside the next-gen Citan and the third-gen Kangoo at the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance plant, Maubeuge, France.

Mercedes T-Class & Mercedes EQT FAQs

What is the Mercedes T-Class?

A luxury small van based on the Renault CMF-C platform targeting personal buyers with new comfort, convenience & safety features.

What is the release date of the T-Class?

Daimler plans to launch the T-Class in the first half of 2022 in the European market.

What is the release date of the Mercedes EQT?

Daimler confirms that the Mercedes EQT (electric) would precede the combustion variants of the T-Class into the market.