Mercedes T-Class / EQT (2022): That is how the brand new Benz truck goes

Presentation and design: Citan’s successor will be significantly more valuable

Awarded: The Mercedes Citan station wagon It looks just as exciting as wood wallpaper – and the high-topped station wagon created in collaboration with Renault was just as exciting. The Kangoo branch was mainly aimed at traders who drive Vito and Sprinter and should also find something deeper off the shelf. The passenger version station wagon is a cheap but unattractive alternative to the B-Class. That is changing now.

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Nothing changes in the basic thrust with the new version, but Benz gets the new name T-Class and is also being launched for the first time as a purely electric EQT model.
Visually, the Swabian-French relationship is no longer obvious at first glance. Mercedes couldn’t change anything about the chassis, but the front and rear of the T-Class now look like a Benz.
Mercedes T-Class

Plenty of room for luggage or four-legged passengers. Doors can also be ordered instead of a tailgate.

Dimensions at a glance:

• Length: 4498 mm
• Width: 1859 mm
• Height: 1811 mm
• Wheelbase: 2716 mm
• Box volume: 520 to 2127 liters

Interior: Up to 2,127 liters of storage space in the T-Class

Swabian comfort can now be found indoors. Mercedes tools, Mercedes steering wheel, new Information and entertainment With the MBUX system on board – and plenty of space. The four-and-a-half-meter initially accommodates five passengers, and a long-wheelbase, seven-seater version will follow later.

Guests enter in the back through two sliding doors, and instead of a back door, two classic doors can also be ordered.

Mercedes T-Class

Also available in colors upon request: Spice-colored decor for the interior.


The luggage compartment accommodates from 520 to 2127 liters; If you fold the back seat down, you get a flat load floor. A lower loading sill of 56 cm is also practical; Loading heavy items is as easy as loading any of the four-legged friends who travel with you. In the absence of enough space in the trunk of the car, it is possible to deliver up to 1500 kg.

Engines and prices: the T-Class starts at just 29,000 euros

In order to easily get friends, family and luggage from A to B, two petrol engines (102 . and 131 horse), as well as two diesel engines (95 and 116 .). horse), all come with four cylinders. In addition to the six-speed manual transmission, there is an optional seven-speed dual-clutch for diesel and petrol engines.

Technical data overview:

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The T-Class can be ordered now, and first models will be delivered from July 2022. Mercedes has set the base price for the high-top station wagon at €29,314 for the T 160, and a base diesel is available from €31,218. If you choose an automatic, then you have to put at least 32,487 euros on the table for the T 180 “Edition”.

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Driving: This is how the T-Class performs in the first test (update!)

In their marketing letter, the Stuttgart-based company described the T-Class as a “luxury little car,” but what does that mean? AUTO BILD shows it in the first test!

But let’s start from the back: Van stands for a high-topped station wagon, and that can certainly be taken seriously. Benz is 1.81 meters tall, and even tall people have plenty of room above their heads indoors. The T-Class is compact, at only 4.5 meters in length, and saves a lot of space in a relatively small area.

Mercedes T-Class

Material quality isn’t on the same level as other Mercedes classes – but that’s fine for a practical recreational vehicle.


And Premium? The premium claim is already set at Mercedes, but it is of particular interest here. As with the unofficial predecessor Citan Kombi, the Stuttgart-based company works side by side with Renault, with the difference that no one can discern the difference with tech brother Kangoo. The relationship with the French can only be seen in the shape of the body, but the designers made an effort here as well.

The chassis and steering are convincing, and the engines aren’t very sporty

Inside there is a typical Mercedes atmosphere. Switches, instrument cluster, MBUX OS – everything was cut to Swabian. But the difference between luxury and luxury is evident in the T-Class. You won’t find fully digital instruments and XXL displays here, and the quality of materials is not comparable to a C or E-Class.

But we are now on the road. AUTO BILD was with the strongest diesel 180 d on the go, which, as expected, does not make an athlete out of the T class. 116 horse Energy engine It doesn’t run quite smoothly, and anyone who has forgotten what turbo deceleration is will recognize it again though the automatic. Sprinting to 100 km/h isn’t exactly world class with a good 13 seconds.

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All in all, the diesel, which is powerful enough with 270 Nm, fits the image of a comfortable Mercedes, which again emphasizes the steering and chassis. If you like it smoother, you can go for the T 180 gasoline engine with 131 horse grab , which works more cultivation. The all-electric EQT, which will be available at the end of 2022, promises even more driving pleasure.

EQT: The first ride in a camouflaged electric T class

Electrification is also advancing with Mercedes trucks. At the end of 2022, the electric T-Class will also come to dealerships with an EQT – with an estimated price in the upper 30,000 range, it should become an electric bargain.

However, the EQT is not comparable to the EQA, which costs about 10,000 euros, but is aimed at cars such as the Opel Combo-e and VW Caddy, which, by the way, is not plug-in hybrid It is still available as an all-electric version.
Mercedes EQT prototype

EQT is fast, its 45 kWh battery will last for about 300 km.


In this environment, the star with its 90 kW (122 hp) battery and 45 kWh (range approximately 300 km) can keep up. And even as a pre-production model, it feels more confident and loftier than its competitors.

The EQT is much more nimble than combustion engines, recovering so much at a high that you can do without it almost entirely without the mechanical brakes in everyday life. The chassis also irons bad roads sensitively.

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