Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to reveal its all-new T-Class people mover.
The three-pointed star has also called the T-Class a “premium small van for families and leisure enthusiasts”.
Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia has previously said it’s still working out if it’s going to offer the T-Class locally.
“We don’t currently offer anything in the small van category, so a private multi-purpose vehicle presents an exciting opportunity to consider,” said a Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia spokesperson in May 2021.
“It has the potential to complement our existing eight-seater Mercedes-Benz V-Class people mover as well.”
Its only main competition in Australia is the seven-seat Volkswagen Caddy Maxi people mover.
In Europe there’s the Ford Tourneo Connect, Toyota ProAce Verso, Peugeot Traveller and Citroen SpaceTourer to compete against.
The regular Mercedes-Benz T-Class will be internal-combustion-powered, but there’ll also be all-electric variants as previewed with the Concept EQT.
It’s expected the T-Class will share petrol and diesel powertrains with the Kangoo, just like the Citan. In those vehicles there are a 1.3-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel in various tunes available.
The all-electric EQT is also expected to share the same powertrain as the Renault Kangoo E-Tech. It has a 75kW electric motor and a 45kWh battery pack that’s good for a claimed range of 265km WLTP.
Leading up to the reveal livestream, Mercedes-Benz has shown off a shadowy teaser image of a red T-Class from the front.
It shows its headlight signature, humongous Mercedes-Benz badge on the grille and the large windscreen. All of the visible design cues are extremely similar to the Citan.
Mercedes-Benz says the T-Class will have a “spacious and variable interior”, “practical sliding doors”, and the “comfort, connectivity, high-quality appeal and safety typical of Mercedes”.
There’s also been a previous teaser image from July 2020 that showed off the T-Class’ side profile silhouette. Its design prefaced the all-electric Concept EQT.
At the time the three-pointed star said the T-Class will be for customers who “seek attractive and practical compact vehicles”.
It’s still expected the Mercedes-Benz T-Class will hit European showrooms during 2022.
Mercedes-Benz Vans has previously confirmed it’s going all-electric for newly developed vans. This follows Mercedes-Benz’s pledge to go all-electric by 2030 wherever market conditions allow.
The three-pointed star is also locally introducing three new electric vans, the EQV, eVito and eVito Tourer, in 2022.
Mercedes-Benz also recently teased its next-generation eSprinter van which’ll arrive locally “in or around 2024”.