Everything we know about the Mercedes EQT in May 2022 [Update]

The Mercedes Concept EQT unveiled in May 2021 is a near-series show car that foreshadows a pure electric 2022 Mercedes T-Class called Mercedes EQT. The all-new T-Class is out now, and its electric sibling is only a few months away. The EQT would be a close relative of the Renault Kangoo E-Tech, sharing the platform and the assembly line with the French donor.

Target buyer

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-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.

Features

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.

Mercedes Concept EQT rear
“As the name clearly states, the Concept EQT is a concept vehicle. But it’s already very close to the upcoming series-production model,” says Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

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.

7-inch touchscreen

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 usage of NEOTEX imitation leather, which offers the look of both nubuck leather and high-tech neoprene.

Ambient lightning 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.

Mercedes EQT concept interior
Buyers can expect the Mercedes EQT with the new MBUX infotainment and the latest driving-assistance systems. Image: Mercedes-Benz Group

Safety

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.

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.

Source: Youtube/Mercedes-Benz

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

Release Date

2022 Mercedes T-Class front three quarter
The Mercedes EQT will have a more premium and cleaner exterior design than the T-Class, its ICE donor model (pictured). Image Source: Mercedes-Benz Group

The development of the Mercedes EQT is soon reaching an end. Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz Vans completed winter testing of the EQT, and it will conduct further tests (in southern Europe) in the coming months. The company says it will launch the Mercedes EQT 5-seat version this year, followed by the 7-seat version in 2023.

The EQT will debut in a few months, with possible dates for the public debut in October at the 2022 Paris Motor Show. With the all-new T-Class costing EUR 29,314 onwards in Germany, the EQT’s base price could start at around EUR 35,000.

Mercedes EQT FAQs

What is the Mercedes EQT release date?

The EQT will be available in Europe in the second half of 2022 as a five-seater.

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 around EUR 35,000.

Featured image: Rendition of the Mercedes EQT van