MPV based on the same basis as the Renault Kangoo
Petrol, diesel and electric engines
From € 30.000 (approx.)
First deliveries in July
Started in 2010, the industrial alliance forged between Mercedes (then Daimler) and Renault officially ended in November 2021.
During this period, the groups will have in particular developed common engines (the 1.3 petrol found under the hood of both the Dacia Duster and the Mercedes A-Class), unsuccessfully attempted to sell a To collect Nissan under their respective badges, and Mercedes will have offered the They quotea utility very closely derived from the second generation of Kangoo.
The commercial performance of this model was deemed convincing enough for the two manufacturers to continue their collaboration.
The Kangoo 3 thus takes on the appearance of the new Citan in the Mercedes house, model already tested by Caradisiacbut also that of the T-Class, the minivan (luxospace?) that interests us today.
The Benz of Maubeuge
Available to order from May 2nd, for first deliveries expected to take place around early July, on Class T it differs from the Kangoo in many respects. According to a representative of the brand, making the Mercedes DNA tangible represented a ” big work “
The most visible changes concern the grille and the dashboard. Added to this are reworked suspension and seats that are presented to us as more comfortable, thus establishing the more “premium” character of the vehicle.
Despite the many efforts made by Mercedes, this model made in Maubeuge it cannot completely hide its utilitarian origins, betrayed in particular by hard plastics which, on the side of the trunk, are likely to be scratched quite easily.
But hey, family customers who love space and practicalities will largely find their bill aboard this vehicle with rather exceptional cargo capacities. Load volume fluctuates between 520 and 2,127 liters, while sliding rear doors open access to the rear seats and offer plenty of legroom.
Mention well, on the other hand, to the roof bars that complement the roof bars. By pressing two buttons, these ramps can rotate 90 ° and turn into crossbeams that can carry loads of 40 kilos each. Particularly neat equipment, also available from Renault and on the new Dacia Sandero Stepway.
It should be noted in passing that at the end of the second half a version with an extended body will appear, which will allow the transport of 7 passengers.
Reinforcement with electricity
On the techno side, all imaginable driving aids for this type of vehicle will be available as standard (emergency brake assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, etc.) or as an option. The T-Class is not a cheap car, let’s face it.
To drive this vehicle, Mercedes has chosen a 131hp petrol engine for France, as well as two diesels of 95hp and 116hp. All of these blocks will automatically pair with a 6-speed manual gearbox, but a 7-speed automatic gearbox will be available for an additional cost.
And if we do not have to hope for the appearance of a hybrid engine that allows more moderate consumption in urban areas, Mercedes will soon propose a 100% electric version of the car, called EQT. This will compete directly with the Peugeot e-Rifter and Citroën ë-Berlingo, and of course with the electric Kangoo Van E-tech, its Renault counterpart, which promises a range of up to 300 km.
A final word on prices. The “first price” T-Class will sell for around € 30,000, or € 1,500 more than the Kangoo with an equivalent engine (95 diesel or 131 hp petrol). A price difference that remains reasonable and will also be found at the time of resale, obliges the “star” effect.