World Exclusive: Mercedes T-Class spied for the first time

ElectricVehicleWeb.in reader Colin Klinger has emailed a spy shot of the Mercedes T-Class undergoing testing near the Stuttgart airport area in Germany with local plates. This is the world’s first sighting of the new member of the Mercedes-Benz Vans family.

The spy shot clearly indicates the French roots of the Mercedes T-Class. The new luxury city van is based on the next-gen Renault Kangoo that is is to debut in a few months. 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 better technologies.

Renault Kangoo ZE Concept rear
The next-gen Renault Kangoo and the Mercedes T-Class will follow a leader-follower approach, with the French van arriving before the German model.

The Mercedes T-Class that will have unique positioning. Taking birth in the Mercedes-Benz Vans division, the Mercedes T-Class will further expand the German automaker’s range of electric vans.

In May this year, the Mercedes V-Class received a pure electric variant – the Mercedes EQV – and the next-gen Mercedes Citan was confirmed to come in EV at the time of its announcement in August 2019. The Mercedes T-Class, too, will be available with a pure electric powertrain.

What is the Mercedes T-Class?

It is a luxury small van likely based on the Renault CMF-C/D platform targeting personal buyers. It should have advanced comfort, convenience and safety features and is seen as the successor to the Mercedes Vaneo from 2005.

What is the release date of the T-Class?

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

The aforementioned next-gen Mercedes Citan small van will likely be based on the CMF-C/D platform of the next-gen Renault Kangoo. Unlike the T-Class, it will be targeted at commercial customers.

Mercedes EQV charging
Daimler sells three electric vans, namely Mercedes eVito, Mercedes eSprinter and Mercedes EQV (pictured). The Mercedes Citan electric and Mercedes T-Class electric will complete this lineup.

Design, Features & Specifications

The teaser image of the Mercedes T-Class Daimler released last month hinted a compact and curvy design. The new MPV embodies elements of the Sensual Purity design theme, Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Daimler, has confirmed.

The reason Daimler designated ‘T’ to its new private van is that it stands for efficient room concepts. As for the features and specifications of the Mercedes T-Class, officially revealed so far are that it will have sliding doors on both the sides and come with an electric powertrain.

Mercedes T-Class teaser
Daimler will offer the Mercedes T-Class with an electric powertrain as well.

We reckon specifications of the Mercedes T-Class would be similar to those of the next-gen Renault Kangoo Z.E, which was scheduled to debut this year, before the coronavirus threw a spanner in the works. The current generation Renault Kangoo Z.E. uses a 33 kWh Lithium-ion, Lithium-Nickel-Manganese Cobalt battery pack and a single electric motor generating 44 kW (60 PS) and 225 Nm of torque. Its range (NEDC) is 270 km, and the incoming model should see improvements in every front.

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

T-Class for India?

Mercedes-Benz India introduced the conventional V-Class and sold the R-Class MPV at one time, always up for the idea to explore or create new segments like Sports Tourer and MPV. The T-Class would at least show up in the browsing history of the product planners at this time, and we’ll be sure to ask the company for their thoughts!