The fact that Daimler is presenting its high-roof station wagon series with a study of an electric van can be read as a sign of the times: “Electric” now even stands for progress at traditional car manufacturers. Two lines remained, one as a van, however, was given the new name “T-Class”, while the van version kept the name “Citan”.
Private customers get a visually upgraded version under the new name. The fact that it will be a little more chic and classy than the almost identical model from Renault is shown by the near-series study of the Mercedes EQT in black high-gloss paint and 21-inch wheels. The electric van measures 4.94 meters in length on the extended platform and is 1.82 meters high. Space enough for three seats in the second row and two fold-out seats that can seat at least two children. Two large sliding doors allow access to the rear.
The high-roof station wagon will initially be offered with diesel and gasoline engines from 75 to 150 hp. The market launch for the T-Class is in the second quarter of next year. The same package is still called the Mercedes Citan in the commercial version and will be available to order at the beginning of next year. The electric version is not expected until the end of 2022 / beginning of 2023.
Two wheelbases and two body lengths allow the configuration as five- and seven-seater. “With the upcoming T-Class we are expanding our portfolio in the small van segment. We are addressing families and leisure-time private customers of all ages who need a lot of space and maximum variability, but do not want to forego comfort and style,” says Mercedes- Vans boss Marcus Breitschwerdt.
On the horizon: more reach
Somewhat surprisingly, the cockpit of the study does not present itself with the two large flat screens that are known from Daimler models on the front-wheel drive platform such as the Mercedes A or GLA class. Instead, there are switches and controls from Renault with analog round clocks and a central multifunctional screen that can be used to operate the MBUX system. Real-time traffic data and updates also get into the vehicle.
The electric range should be similar to the approximately 260 kilometers of the battery-electric Renault Kangoo; a second variant with a range of over 400 kilometers cannot be ruled out. The loading volume should also be very close to that of the 3.3 or 4.9 cubic meters of the Renault Kangoo.