Preview of new T-class van based on MB commercial offering
EQT expected for 2023
Mercedes-Benz has just revealed a new concept for a compact electric van, and it wears what might be the most impressive version of the brand’s EQ nose so far. With this EQT and last month’s Hyundai Staria, is electrification giving new life to the small van segment? Here’s hoping.
It’s the “forerunner of a new premium quality in the small van segment,” or at least that’s how the Mercedes-Benz EQT is being billed. The automaker says that this small van is the first premium model in the segment and that it’s aimed at families as well as those “keen on leisure activities.” It’s a preview of a model that is based on the Citan commercial vehicle that will be sold as an electric with that nose and an EQT badge and as a combustion-powered model using the T-Class badge.
The wide EQ grille stretches around the nose and into the wheel arches of the EQT concept and its minuscule overhangs. The side profile is somewhat more conventional but made more electric thanks to flush door handles and chrome trim around the greenhouse (that bears more than a passing resemblance to that of the Kia Telluride).
Multi-sized 3D-effect Mercedes stars are featured in the concept’s grille as well as elsewhere around the vehicle. A light strip connects the LED head and tail lamps, and Mercedes-Benz has mounted an electric longboard in the rear for last-mile green mobility.
The interior is black and white, simple yet elegant, with plenty of accents in the signature blue of the EQ brand. That includes an anodized-look surround for the shifter and climate controls as well as on the doors. Hey Mercedes voice control and MBUX are included in the model, designed to learn from and then anticipate your daily behaviours in an effort to make life more convenient.
The T-Class, with more conventional styling, is set to hit the market next year. The EQT is expected to take a bit longer, and while it might not make it to North America, it’d be a lot cooler if it did.