This is the brand new Mercedes-Benz T-Class, the brand’s premium small van that slots under the larger V-Class. According to carmakers, the private small van segment has grown significantly over the past few years, and the T-Class works to meet that demand, especially for family and leisure enthusiasts who need more space but in more compact cars.
The T-Class is a costume version of the Citin, originally introduced last August, available in cargo- (panel van) and passenger-centric (Tourer) configurations. The V-class also follows this approach as an alternative to commercial-centric veto.
It is worth noting that the T-Class and Citan were created in partnership with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and are closely related to the third generation Renault Kangoo built on the CMF-CD platform.
The T-Class will initially be offered as a five-seater with a wheelbase 4,498 mm long, 1,859 mm wide and 1,811 mm long, 2,716 mm wide. By comparison, the smallest version of the W447 V-Class packs a wheelbase of 4,895 mm long, 1,928 mm wide, 1901 mm long and 3,200 mm. A long-wheelbase version of the T-Class up to seven seats will be available in the future.
To ensure that the T-Class is not mistaken for the Seattle Tourer, the former features that make it compatible with the Mercedes-Benz passenger car range. For starters, the front grille gets chrome bezels on the slats and the front fog lamps have two different bumper designs depending on whether they are an option (part of the premium package). Wheel designs are also different and come in sizes from 16 to 17 inches.
The interior is also very similar to Citin, it still has a “commercial” look. The dashboard has a quick access function, including a round air vent and climate control next to the center’s infotainment screen, and a gear lever just above the center console.
Of course, the trim and furnishings are more beautiful in the T-Class, consistent with the line of selected equipment and additional options. Mercedes-Benz offers three choices, ranging from basic to Norwich fabric upholstery, high-gloss black trim, artico man-made leather for center armrests, front door armrests and neotex for center panels, velor floor mats, as well as a navigation pad. Steering wheel and gearshift lever.
The next step is the style, which comes with black artichoke / microcut microfiber upholstery, white topstitching, chrome application in air vents, loudspeaker and door handles, white or eight color surround lighting, matte limonite yellow and LED trim. High performance headlamps (halogen replacement).
At the very top, the top of the Progressive Dashboard adds Neotex, a silk-look matte silver trim element, Neotex for the back door, a chrome trim strip at the tailgate, parking package and two-zone thermotronic climate control. There are also separate packages that combine or add, among other things, more features like keyless-go, a wireless charger and a heated windscreen.
The T-Class comes with a 5.5-inch multi-info display set in analog gauge and a modest seven-inch touchscreen for the MBUX infotainment system, subsequent connection array and connected services. Two USB-C ports are installed as standard, but three more can be added to the optional storage compartment above the instrument cluster and two (type A) to the center console for rear passengers.
There are also two 12-volt power outlets on the front and rear of the center console; Another luggage bogie can be installed. With that in mind, the T-Class offers 2,127 liters with 520 liters of boot space or 60:40 split-folding rear seats with their default seats.
A low loading seal of 561mm also makes it easier to load heavy items and customers can opt for dual-segment doors instead of regular tailgates. For further storage, roof rails can be opted which can handle 80 kg load, while having trailers they will be happy to know the towing capacity is 1,500 kg.
For passenger loading, the sliding doors provide an opening 614 mm wide and 1,059 mm high and can be replaced with power windows instead of hinged windows. The Mercedes-Benz further indicates that in the front passenger compartment, two cup holders can hold 750 ml capacity cups or bottles, while the doors have a capacity of 1.5 liters.
In terms of the target market, the T-Class comes with a lot of security and driver assistance systems. The smaller van has seven airbags as standard, including a center airbag that places an impact on the front passengers. Other standard features are Hill Start Assist, Crosswind Assist, Attention Assist, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Speed Limit Assist and general array of passive systems.
Specify the Driving Assistance package and two more systems – Active Distance Assist Distronic (Active Cruise Control) and Active Steering Assist – have been added to the mix. Especially for those who have a family, the outer rear seat and the front passenger seat have ISIS standard child seat fixing with ISOFIX securing point and top tether.
Automatic baby seat detection for the front passenger seat ensures that having a mini co-pilot on board disables the front passenger airbag, while a booster seat can be installed in the center seat of the rear bench.
In the case of engines, the T-Class will be available with a choice of a diesel and a petrol engine at launch. At T 160 d, the W177 A-Class is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel (codenamed OM608) serving 95 PS (94 hp) at 3,750 rpm and 260 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm, which is good for the A-0. 100 km / h time and maximum speed 15.1-15.3 seconds and 164-165 km / h.
A more powerful version of the OM608, the T 180 d, is available at 116 PS (114 hp) at 3,750 rpm and 270 Nm at 1,750 rpm. This version also has an overpower / overturk function that temporarily boasts output at 121 PS (119 hp) and 295 Nm and is enhanced between Century Sprint time and maximum speed of 13.2-13.6 seconds and 175-177 km / h.
The petrol side M200 engine is also used in the Citan, which produces a 1.3 liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 102 PS (101 hp) at 4,500 rpm and 200 Nm at 1,500 rpm at T 160 – 0-100 km / h. Seconds and 168 km / h. There’s also a T 180 with 131 PS (129 hp) at 5,000 rpm and 240 Nm at 1,600 rpm, the fastest in the bunch – 11.6-12.85 seconds and 183-184 km / h.
All T-Class variants come with front wheel drive and a six-speed manual as standard, although the T 160 d, T 180 d and T 180 can be opted with a seven-speed 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission.
A fully electronic version of the T-Class called the EQT will follow, as the concept was previewed by EQT from May last year. No technical features were provided for the EQT but the company said it would be styled to include a black panel front grille like other EQ models. Additionally, the charging door will be located at the bottom of the Mercedes-Benz Star, which will provide access to the charging ports for AC and DC charging.