Mercedes-Benz Reveals EQT Near-Series-Production Concept
It will become the new T-Class that will go on sale abroad come 2022.
Mercedes-Benz Vans has showcased the Concept EQT, a vehicle that will compete in the premium small van segment when put on sale in the near future.
According to Mercedes, the Concept EQT, which will become the T-Class, uses the V-Class’s recipe for success, but in a compact format.
As far as people carrier designs go, the Mercedes Concept EQT is right up there with the best of the best. Admittedly, vans are boring to look at, for they are more focused on functionality than being eye candy.
But, the Concept EQT has nice styling elements and unlike products from a certain other German auto giant, Mercedes’ EQ range of cars major or smooth exterior surfaces with flowing bodywork.
The “face” of the van, for example is sleek with a large grille section, slim LED headlights, low bonnet and aggressive (for a van) splitter.
Due to it being a compact van, Mercedes has somehow managed to make the side profile not so boring. The roof rails, window garnish, rising waistline, flush-fitting door handles and 21-inch wheels work well to diminish the slab-sided look.
Things are much more simple at the rear, with only a large tailgate, full-width LED light bar and a neat bumper (with a brushed metal strip) being present.
Unlike the exterior design, the interior of the car is a bit plain. Sure, the dashboard layout, separating the driver section from that of the front passenger’s and the black and white contrast are nice touches, but somehow, the cabin comes off as ordinary.
Nonetheless, being a Mercedes, the Concept EQT should sport excellent fit and finish and being a vehicle that can set up to 7 people, should be able to take a lot of abuse as well.
Of course, the Mercedes Concept EQT is a practical vehicle with there being plentiful stowage inside and it is rich on features too. Mercedes will equip the vehicle with a panoramic roof, ambient lighting and the latest self-learning MBUX infotainment system with Mercedes me connect, live traffic information and over-the-air updates, among other features.
Right from the get-go, the Mercedes Concept EQT has been designed to offer a fully-electric variant. But, no powertrain specifications about either the silent model or the conventional ICE model have been released yet.
But, Mercedes has confirmed that the new T-Class will be launched overseas in 2022 with the fully electric version to follow later.