Mercedes-Benz is not just transitioning their passenger cars to fully electric. The Concept EQT is the latest electric vehicle (EV) under the EQ banner by Mercedes-Benz and it is a van with sliding doors.
The EQT is based on the newly-developed T-Class van platform that will be offered in both commercial (panel van) under the Citan name and private (multi-seat van) configuration and design. Mercedes-Benz calls it T-Class as the letter T stands for efficient room concepts.
Measuring 4,945 mm in length and 1,863 mm in width, the Concept EQT is similar in size to the Toyota Alphard-Vellfire twins and the super luxurious Lexus LM 350. No mention of the wheelbase, which is 3,000 mm in the popular Japanese premium MPV. As such, the T-Class is labelled as a small van, while the V-Class that was available in Malaysia is a midsize van.
The characteristic black panel front with LED headlights flows seamlessly from the bonnet and gleams with a star pattern on probably Mercedes-Benz’ largest front grille. At the rear, the taillamp cluster (resembling the now-discontinued X-Class pick-up truck) is connected by a LED strip, a signature that was first used in the brand-premiering Mercedes-Benz EQC. The wheels on this concept measure 21 inches, larger than Mercedes-Benz EQB SUV.
Chief Design Officer Daimler Group, Gorden Wagener, said, “Our Concept EQT shows a new holistic van design according to our design philosophy of “Sensual Purity”. Sensuous shapes, elegant trims and sustainable materials show that this van clearly belongs to our Mercedes EQ family,”
The new Mercedes-Benz T-Class offers a large amount of space and is suited to a range of different uses, including passenger transportation as a reference within sharing services – all while not compromising on comfort. The wide-opening sliding doors on both the left and right-hand sides of the vehicle as an example allow easy and comfortable access to the interior, especially into the third row.
In the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQT, the second-row seat fits three, and the company says there is plenty of space to fit three child seats. In the third row meanwhile are two full-sized seats, unlike the Mercedes-Benz EQB which has smaller seats designed for occupants under 1.65 metres tall.
If more space is required, the third-row seats can be folded or removed completely, leaving sufficient space for a pram, a transport box for dogs and other leisure equipment.
Additional storage space is also provided under the luggage floor through a double-floor compartment and this concept vehicle is fitted with an electric longboard.
“The Concept EQT gives an outlook on how space and maximum variability can also be combined with stylish comfort in the small van segment. Our future T-Class is a true multi-talent and with it we will attract new customer groups and grow sustainably,” says Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
There is no mention of the powertrain fitted in the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQT, but expect to be better than the larger Mercedes-Benz EQV 300. The midsize van that is modified from a combustion engine platform (V-Class) has modest peak outputs of 204 hp and 362 Nm of torque. With a battery energy storage capacity of 90 kWh thanks to the long wheelbase, the range of the EQV 300 is 418 km.
As such, the Mercedes-Benz EQT will be the sixth model in the fully-electric Mercedes-EQ family, after debuting the EQC, then the compact EQA and the launches of the EQS limousine and EQB SUV last month.