Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to reveal its all-new T-Class people mover.

    Based on the latest Renault Kangoo, the T-Class is set to be the passenger-focused counterpart to the second-generation Citan light commercial van.

    It’ll also undercut the V-Class people mover that’s based on the Vito when it’s revealed at 2PM CEST (11PM AEDT) April 26, 2022 in a livestream.

    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”.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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