Mercedes-Benz has revealed its plans for a new luxury van for private customers. Badged as the T-Class, it is being designed to offer a large amount of space so as to make it an extremely practical offering for people and families with active lifestyles.
Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed that the luxury carmaker will once again explore the possibilities of a mid-size luxury family van with a new model that will be badged as the T-Class. The new Mercedes-Benz T-Class will be designed as a practical van from the ground up and will be marketed as an ideal vehicle for young families and the like, who have numerous demands from a car. Mercedes-Benz calls its target demographic as “active leisure enthusiasts”.
The T-Class will be the spiritual successor for the Mercedes-Benz Vaneo that was sold between 2002 and 2005. Think of it as a smaller and more affordable V-Class with a footprint that’s more suited for private owners or people who drive their families around themselves. According to Mercedes-Benz, the letter T stands for efficient room concepts, this makes it the perfect alphabet suited to Mercedes-Benz’s model nomenclature.
"With the new Mercedes-Benz T-Class, we will offer a vehicle which makes it possible for families and those with active pastimes to step into the Mercedes-Benz world. These customers seek attractive and practical compact vehicles – and it is precisely these demands which the new T-Class fulfils", said, Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz T-Class will be developed alongside the next-generation Mercedes-Benz Citan commercial van, which in turn is being developed jointly by the German carmaker with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. There will also be a fully electric version of the new T-Class considering the fact that the Renault Kangoo (which shares its underpinnings with the current Citan) already has a fully electric version. Despite being closely related to the next-generation Renault Kangoo, Mercedes has clearly stated that the T-Class will have signature Mercedes-Benz design cues and it will, of course, be luxurious in nature.
Mercedes has not revealed any details about the powertrain and platform for the car at this stage. The German luxury carmaker has also revealed just a single outline sketch for the new van at this stage.
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