Mercedes-Benz has teased a new addition to its passenger vehicle range, the T-Class.
It has also been said that Mercedes Benz will debut a new engine along with the CLE and as exciting as this sounds, we just can't see Mercedes Benz Malaysia equipping the Malaysian CLE with that four-pot turbo-diesel mild-hybrid engine. "These customers seek attractive and practical compact vehicles - and it is precisely these demands which the new T-Class fulfils", says Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
According to Daimler Group chief design officer Gorden Wagener, the T-Class's new layout and design achieves "a fusion of functionality and desirability" in accordance with the brand's design philosophy of "Sensual Purity". The passenger vehicle will be called the T-Class, while the commercial van version will continue to wear the Citan moniker, with both launching in early 2022. The letter T stands for efficient room concepts and is thus perfectly suited as a model designation for compact family vans bearing the three-pointed star.
Mercedes-Benz also mentioned that the new T-Class will be offered at an attractive price-value ratio, though we still have no estimate on how "attractive" that price tag will be. Access to the passenger compartment will be via a pair of sliding doors in order to provide easy access to the interior. Interestingly, Mercedes-Benz offers two different versions of rear-axle steering: one with an angle of up to ten degrees and another with up to 4.5 degrees of motion. In August previous year, the Vans division announced a successor to the compact urban delivery van, together with a fully-electric variant. The T-Class and the Citan will be established in cooperation with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.
Mercedes says the T-Class will be aimed at both private buyers and "ride-sharing" services, and will be offered with a fully electric powertrain, as well as internal-combustion engines.