Daimler unveiled the Mercedes EQT in May 2021, and the near-series concept foreshadows the pure electric 2022 Mercedes T-Class. The compact German electric van will arrive in European showrooms next year, preceding the combustion variants. The EQT would be a close relative of the Renault Kangoo E-Tech, sharing the platform and the assembly line with the French donor.
Essentially, the EQT is a posh and fully electrified personal car variant of the Mercedes eCitan. The Mercedes EQT will reach showrooms as an eco-friendly van targeting customers who need space for sports and other recreational activity gear.
It’s a fully electric small van that will be the new entry into the Mercedes-Benz world – for families and leisure-active customers. The Concept EQT is for people who need one thing above all – a lot of space. For example, the family of five that enjoys weekend trips and always packs a lot of luggage.Nicola Crimi, Manager Overall Vehicle Testing at Mercedes-Benz Vans on May 10, 2021
Embodying the Sensual Purity design elements, a highly emotional look is offered by a V-shaped black panel (closed grille) connected to thin LED headlights that flow seamlessly from the bonnet.
Our digital render of the production Mercedes EQT pulls inputs from the design concept, current EQ models, the Kangoo Van E-Tech Electric, and the eCitan. We have included production car elements such as door handles, radio antenna, standard door mirrors, traditional roof rails, a fender badge, windshield wipers, and realistic headlights, bumper, and alloy wheel design. The render offers an accurate look at the showroom spec.
Daimler is making a smaller V-Class with the EQT and is promising a new level of vehicle quality for the segment. The interior looks flexible and spacious, and customers can look forward to Daimler’s connectivity, comfort, and safety standards, with the new MBUX infotainment and a 5-star safety rating.
Expect the Mercedes EQT to feature the 7-inch touchscreen MBUX infotainment system with Hey Mercedes voice assistant, what3word (w3w), Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The EQT will probably be the only Mercedes-EQ model without a customizable digital instrument cluster.
Other key features of the Mercedes EQT could include keyless-go (passive keyless entry), electrically adjustable seat(s) with lumbar support and heating function, Thermotronic two-zone automatic climate control, steering wheel with Touch Control buttons, and a heating function, ambient lighting, and Qi wireless mobile phone charger. Many of these premium features could be optional or a part of a top-end variant.
In addition to the familiar six airbags, an additional, center airbag located between the driver and co-driver, is likely to be a part of the passive safety features. Attention Assist, Hill Start Assist, Crosswind Assist, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Speed Limit Assist, Active Distance Assist Distronic, and Active Steering Assist should be among the electric van’s advance driving assistant systems.
Range & Specifications
Specifications of the Mercedes EQT may not be that different from the Z.E. Kangoo van. The EQT could get the same 45 kWh battery pack that provides a range of 300 km or 186 miles on the WLTP cycle in the French electric van. Recharging using an 80 kW DC fast-charger for half an hour could recuperate around 170 km (106 miles) of WLTP range.
A single front motor generating 90 kW (122 PS/121 hp) of power and 245 Nm of torque could be standard in the EQT. The new electric van could offer the driver a choice of three different regenerative modes: limited, normal, and maximum.
The EQT will measure about 4.9 m long, 1.8 m wide, and 1.8 m tall and feature sliding doors for easy access. Buyers can expect three rows of seats in the luxury zero-emissions van and a panoramic sunroof for ample lighting. Expect Mercedes to offer a third-row seat that can fold and be removed entirely, if needed.
Alongside the V-Class, which is successfully positioned in the midsize segment, the new T-Class will become the newest member of our privately positioned van family and our small van portfolio, starting in 2022. The Concept EQT already demonstrates that we will electrify the new T-Class as we did with the EQV.Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, on May 10, 2021
Mercedes EQT FAQs
What is the release date of the Mercedes EQT?
The EQT is expected to be available in Europe in the second half of 2022.
Is the Mercedes EQT coming to the U.S. market?
It is unlikely that the EQT would be sold in the United States due to the incompatible specifications and range.
What is the expected price of the Mercedes EQT?
In Europe, prices of the EQT should start well below EUR 30,000.
Featured image: Rendition of the Mercedes EQT van