Mercedes-Benz has introduced the new generation of its smallest MPV – the T-Class – internationally. Based on the second-generation Mercedes-Benz Citian commercial van, it is a sister model to the Renault Kangoo sold internationally and shares mechanicals with it. Abroad, the T-Class rivals MPVs like the Volkswagen Caddy.
- New T-Class based on second-generation Citian
- Borrows tech from A-Class and B-Class
- Unlikely to come to India
Mercedes-Benz T-Class: what you need to know?
Although the silhouette is similar to the Renault Kangoo, the T-Class is a Mercedes through and through in its design. The MPV features the traditional Mercedes grille with chrome highlights, and a large three-pointed star. It also gets its own individual headlights, bonnet and front wings.
The T-Class features sliding rear doors for easy access to the cabin; these doors come with fixed windows. The near-vertical tailgate opens at the bumper level, but buyers can also opt for twin 'barn-door' arrangement.
On the inside, the T-Class features a multi-function steering wheel, instrument graphics and round air vents, among other changes aimed at providing it with a typical Mercedes-like appearance.
A 7.0-inch infotainment display provides the same Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) functionality as the A-Class and B-Class, including the “Hey, Mercedes” conversational speech search prompt.
Befitting a car in this class, the T-Class offers plenty of practicality, with large door bins and lots of storage spaces. There are also foldable plastic tables integrated into the rear of the front seats.
Revealed as a standard-wheelbase 5-seat model, the T-Class measures 4,498mm in length, 1,859mm in width and 1,811mm in height. In 2023, the carmaker is set to introduce a long-wheelbase version offering up to seven seats.
Mercedes-Benz T-Class: powertrain details
Powering the T-Class is a Renault-sourced 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine in two states of tune – 102hp and 130hp – and a 1.5-litre diesel with two power outputs – 95hp and 115hp. A 6-speed manual is paired as standard while the more powerful petrol and diesel versions get the option of a 7-speed dual-clutch auto.
An all-electric version – the EQT – is set to join the line-up later, with a Renault Kangoo ZE derived powertrain.
Mercedes-Benz T-Class: will it come to India?
Mercedes-Benz has no plans to introduce the T-Class in the Indian market. However, the carmaker does sell the V-Class MPV in the India as a premium people mover that rivals the Toyota Vellfire. As far as the upcoming launches go, Mercedes-Benz is set to introduce the new C-Class on May 10.
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