Update: ‘Release Date,’ ‘Mercedes EQT camper van’ and ‘TopElectricSUV says’ sections added.
The Mercedes Concept EQT unveiled in May 2021 is a near-series show car that foreshadows a pure electric T-Class called Mercedes EQT. The EQT would be a close relative of the Renault Kangoo E-Tech, sharing the platform and the assembly line with the French donor.
The Mercedes EQT is a posh and fully electrified personal car variant of the Mercedes eCitan. It will reach showrooms as an eco-friendly van for 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-spec 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, realistic headlights, bumper, and alloy wheel design. The render offers an accurate look at the showroom spec.
Mercedes-Benz Group (formerly Daimler) is making a smaller V-Class with the EQT, promising a new level of vehicle quality for the segment. The interior looks flexible and spacious, and customers can look forward to Mercedes-Benz Group’s connectivity, comfort, and safety standards, with the new MBUX infotainment and a 5-star safety rating.
On the outside, expect the Mercedes EQT to feature 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, all-LED rear lights (an upgrade over the all-new T-Class’ partial LED units), and dark tinted windows. Inside, the new electric van may offer seats for up seven people.
The EQT may pack a 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. It should get the same 5.5-inch display as the all-new T-Class instead. ARTICO artificial leather upholstery could be standard. Also, expect the usage of NEOTEX imitation leather, which offers the look of both nubuck leather and high-tech neoprene.
Ambient lighting and folding tables
Other key features of the Mercedes EQT could include keyless-go (passive keyless entry), height-adjustable front seat along with lumbar support for the driver’s seat, steering wheel with Touch Control buttons, and a heating function, 8-color ambient lighting, Qi wireless mobile phone charger, and folding tables on the back of the front seat backrests. Many of these premium features could be optional or a part of a top-end variant.
In addition to the standard six airbags, a center airbag located between the driver and co-driver would be a part of the standard passive safety features. Attention Assist, Hill Start Assist, Crosswind Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Speed Limit Assist, Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Steering Assist with Parktronic and backup camera, and Trailer Stability Assist should be among the electric van’s advanced driving assistance systems.
The Mercedes EQT looks confident in acquiring a 5-star Euro NCAP rating, as its donor vehicle, the T-Class, has received the highest star rating in Europe’s stringent vehicle safety tests. The gasoline- and diesel-powered model is excellent in passenger safety, having achieved 91% in adult occupant protection and 93% in child occupant protection. Its active safety systems also performed very well in the tests, giving it an impressive score of 90% in safety assist. The only area in which the T-Class didn’t manage that well is road user safety.
The Euro NCAP road user safety rating takes into account the vulnerability of pedestrians and cyclists. The vehicle’s active safety with the autonomous emergency braking system’s functioning for both pedestrians and cyclists and passive safety for pedestrians is judged based on how well it can protect pedestrians and cyclists. In passive safety for pedestrians, the T-Class scored 24.3 points out of the maximum 36. The AEB system’s performance for saving pedestrians was adequate but not good – 6.2/9 points. However, the AEB system is good at protecting cyclists, having achieved 7.3 out of 9 points in Euro NCAP.
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 the 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. Mercedes-Benz Vans has confirmed it will offer the EQT in 5-seat and 7-seat versions. Buyers can expect a panoramic sunroof for ample lighting and a third-row seat that can be folded and removed 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
Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz Vans said it will launch the Mercedes EQT 5-seat version this year, followed by the 7-seat version in 2023. The EQT will celebrate its world premiere on Friday, 2 December 2022 at 2 p.m. (CET)/6 a.m. (PT).
With the eCitan and, in the future, the EQT, we are completing our product range this year, offering eVans in all segments.Mathias Geisen, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, on June 22, 2022 (via group.mercedes-benz.com)
With the all-new T-Class costing around EUR 31,100 onwards in Germany, the EQT’s base price could start at nearly EUR 40,000. The vehicle will be manufactured in Maubeuge, France, alongside the Nissan and Renault vans.
Mercedes EQT camper van
The Mercedes EQT Marco Polo will also debut alongside the standard electric van, as a prelude to a mass-produced electric camper van variant to be launched in the second half of 2023. Before the full-fledged Mercedes EQT camper van goes on sale, a camping solution will become available in the EQT in the form of a Marco Polo module. It will consist of a bed and kitchen unit that customers can install and remove quickly.
The Mercedes EQT will combine the versatility and safety of a premium small van with the extra comfort, lower running costs, and eco-friendliness of an EV. It might not come cheap, but it will likely be among the few models in the segment to offer the quality and features of a luxury vehicle.
Mercedes EQT FAQs
What is the Mercedes EQT release date?
The EQT debuts on December 2, 2022. It will be available as a five-seater initially.
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 Mercedes EQT price?
In Europe, the prices of the EQT should start at nearly EUR 40,000.
Featured image: TopElectricSUV’s rendition of the Mercedes EQT van.