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the luxurious Kangoo (presentation video)

In short

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.

Mercedes T-Class: the luxurious Kangoo (presentation video)

Mercedes T-Class: the luxurious Kangoo (presentation video)

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.

Why this
Why this “T”, by the way? The name refers to the brand’s first station wagon, the W123 T (for Touring), presented in 1977.

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.

Expanded materials coexist with hard plastics, especially in the lower part of the dashboard.  If the 7-inch diagonal of the central multimedia screen is not transcendent, we appreciate finding the MBUX connectivity, which accompanies the voice command activated by the now famous “Hey Mercedes”.
Expanded materials coexist with hard plastics, especially in the lower part of the dashboard. If the 7-inch diagonal of the central multimedia screen is not transcendent, we appreciate finding the MBUX connectivity, which accompanies the voice command activated by the now famous ” Hello Mercedes “.

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.

Mercedes T-Class: the luxurious Kangoo (presentation video)

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.

The backrests help to form an almost flat floor when folded ...
The backrests help to form an almost flat floor when folded …
... but one can regret that said backrests do not correspond to a division into three parts 40/20/40 which allows the transport of long objects such as a surfboard while retaining two real seats in the back.  We will therefore have to settle for a classic 60/40, and this is a shame for a vehicle with a practical family vocation.
… but one can regret that said backrests do not correspond to a division into three parts 40/20/40 which allows the transport of long objects such as a surfboard while retaining two real seats in the back. We will therefore have to settle for a classic 60/40, and this is a shame for a vehicle with a practical family vocation.

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.

Mercedes T-Class: the luxurious Kangoo (presentation video)

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.

Mercedes T-Class: the luxurious Kangoo (presentation video)

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.

Mercedes T-Class: the luxurious Kangoo (presentation video)

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