Mercedes takes a new approach: The T-Class as a premium car
A van that is not only practical, but also offers a high level of comfort: Mercedes is presenting its new T-Class as a “premium small van”. Various driving assistance systems, an infotainment system and a colorful interior should help the car to stand out from a mere commercial vehicle.
“The T-Class is perfect for everyone who needs enough space – from active families to sports enthusiasts. We are thus consistently continuing our strategic growth course in the premium segments,” says Mathias Geisen, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
The new model, which Mercedes developed in cooperation with Renault and presented on Tuesday, offers space for up to three child seats together on the back seat, folding tables are attached to the back of the front seats and it can store up to 2390 liters of luggage. In addition, a low loading sill of 561 millimeters should make it easier to load heavier objects. The wide-opening sliding doors should also help with practical use.
But at the same time, the new van should also convince with a high level of comfort. The T-Class, around 4.50 meters long and around 1.86 meters wide, is said to offer a “high quality level of equipment” – such as a standard infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration, ambient lighting with up to eight selectable colors and various driver assistance systems. Features include aDrowsiness warning and a hill start and brake assistant, which brakes automatically in many situations. A driving assistance package with distance assistant and steering assistant is also available for a surcharge. And the Mercedes T-Class has a reversing camera and parks automatically if desired.
Mercedes T-Class: More comfort than the Citan Tourer
In addition to a chrome-plated radiator grille as standard, exterior mirror housings, door handles and front bumper painted in the vehicle color should ensure “exclusive premium character”. This clearly sets the T-Class apart from its relative, the Citan Tourer, which was introduced a year ago and has black add-on parts. The T-Class is also available in a distinctive Rubellit Red metallic.
In the interior, Mercedes advertises “a new level of quality” that is at the level of the compact car family. The T-Class also has interior lighting with LED technology. The equipment lines “Style” and “Progressive” should bring even more comfort. The former has seat covers and decorative elements on the doors and center console in imitation leather and chrome applicationson air vents, speakers and door handles. Finally, brighter decorative elements make another visual difference to the Citan Tourer.
The T-Class is prepared for the use of various digital services as standard: a remote service, for example, with remote querying of the vehicle status or remote door locking and unlocking. In addition, the navigation works with real-time data, which should make it possible to avoid a traffic jam efficiently, for example. And the flexible “Hey Mercedes” voice control system enables free communication without having to formulate sentences appropriately. The top equipment Line Progressive also has 16-inch light-alloy wheels and LED headlights, which are intended to ensure more safety.
Initially available with diesel and petrol engines
At the market launch, the T-Class will be available with diesel and petrol engines, each with two output levels. The engine output of the weaker variant is 95 or 102 hp, the fuel consumption is 5.3 – 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers for the diesel model and 6.7 – 7.2 liters for the petrol model according to WLTP. In terms of price, the T-Class starts at under 30,000 euros.
A variant with a long wheelbase and up to seven seats will follow later. In addition, the T-Class is to be launched as an electric car in the future. The values should correspond to the sister model Renault Kangoo, which has an approximately 45 kWh battery and an engine output of 122 hp.