2022 Mercedes EQT electric MPV previewed in concept form

The successor to the passenger version of the Mercedes Citan van will get a fully electric version called the EQT

Mercedes EQT

Mercedes will reveal the Concept EQT electric MPV on 10 May. It previews the production version of the EQT, which will be an electric passenger-carrying version of the forthcoming replacement for the Mercedes Citan compact van and MPV. The combustion-engined passenger version will be called the T-Class, while the commercial van version will continue to wear the Citan moniker.

Like the outgoing Citan, the EQT, T-Class and new Citan will be produced in co-operation with Renault, so they're likely to share the mechanical platform and powertrain technology of the next-generation Renault Kangoo. No details on battery size, range or likely price have been released as yet, however it's possible that the EQT will get the same 40kWh battery, circa-160-mile range and 75kW max charging speed as the new Kangoo.

A prototype version of the T-Class was spotted testing under camouflage in December 2020 (below). Mercedes says the car will be aimed at both private buyers and 'ride-sharing' services; it'll slot into the range as a smaller and cheaper alternative to the EQV luxury electric people carrier.

According to Marcus Breitschwerdt, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, the T-Class and EQT will "make 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 and EQT fulfil."

In terms of design, Mercedes says the models will be "clearly discernible at first glance as a member of the Mercedes-Benz family and will feature unmistakably typical characteristics of the brand". The company is emphasising the T-Class and EQT will offer a practical layout in a compact vehicle for an affordable price, and the electric version will be a rival for the likes of the Nissan e-NV200 Combi and the passenger version of the aforementioned Renault Kangoo Z.E.