Sunday, May 15

2023 Mercedes-Benz T-Class unveiled

People movers aren’t dead, they’re just more true to their American name — minivan — than ever before, with the new Mercedes-Benz T-Class being just the latest offering based on a European van.

Using the Mercedes-Benz Citan as its starting point, the T-Class is distinguished colour-coded bumpers, two sliding rear doors, a lift-up tailgate, and fancier grille treatments.

With badge engineering being the name of the game in the world of commercial vehicles, the Citan/T-Class shares its drivetrains, platform, doors and core body structure with the Renault Kangoo.

Both the Citan and T-Class have completely unique front-end and dashboard designs compared to their more humble Renault siblings.

At launch the T-Class is only available in short wheelbase format. Measuring 4498mm long, 1859mm wide, 1811mm tall and riding on a 2716mm wheelbase, the SWB T-Class has space for up to five people.

A long wheelbase model will join the range in the not-too-distant future, and can accommodate up to seven people across three rows.

The interior comes standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen running the Mercedes-Benz MBUX infotainment system, a 5.5-inch multi-function display, air conditioning, a multi-function steering wheel, rear luggage cover, faux leather surfaces, and an enclosed glove box.

High-end models are dressed up with bright yellow interior trim pieces, contrasting stitching, configurable LED interior lighting, and fold-out tables built into the front seat backs.

On the safety front the T-Class can be had with parking assistance, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking, fatigue monitoring, and trailer stability assist.

T160d T180d T160 T180
Displacement 1.5-litre 1.5-litre 1.3-litre 1.3-litre
Aspiration Turbo Turbo Turbo Turbo
Cylinders 4 4 4 4
Fuel Diesel Diesel Petrol Petrol
Power 70kW 85kW 75kW 96kW
Torque 260Nm 270Nm 200Nm 240Nm
0-100km/h 15.1s 13.2s 14.7s 11.6s
L/100km 5.3 5.5 6.7 6.6

At some stage in the car’s lifecycle an all-electric versions, badged eCitan for the van and EQT for the passenger hauler, will join the lineup.

These two models will likely feature the same drivetrain as the Renault Kangoo E-Tech, which pairs a 75kW electric motor driving the front wheels with a 45kWh battery pack that’s good for a WLTP range of 265km.

The internal combustion versions of the T-Class will likely go on sale later this year across Europe.

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