Mercedes EQT concept electric seven-seater unveiled
The EQT previews what will become the fully-electric T-Class, Mercedes’ replacement for the passenger version of the Citan van
This is the Mercedes EQT concept: a close-to-production version of a fully electric, seven-seat MPV that'll sit below the EQV in the German brand’s EQ range of all-electric cars. It'll rival to the Citroen e-Berlingo and Peugeot e-Rifter, as well as premium models like the Tesla Model X, which also features seven seats.
Like the Mercedes EQS electric limousine, and the EQC and EQA electric SUVs, the EQT concept features the same black panel instead of a traditional grille for improved aerodynamics. The EQT concept also features 21-inch alloy wheels, and a full-width LED light strip connecting the taillights. It’s not clear which of these features might make production.
Inside, the EQT concept has white Napa leather upholstery, but uses recycled leather in certain areas, offset by bright blue trim. It also features a set of analog dials, opposed to a digital driver’s display; next to the speedo are power output and remaining charge dials in place of a conventional rev counter.
The EQT concept also features an infotainment screen like those in the previous generation of Mercedes cars, rather than the tablet-like displays we’ve seen in the new C-Class and S-Class. In time, we expect the production EQT will use the latest version of Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system from the latest-generation A-Class hatchback.
The forthcoming EQT will also feature three rows of seats, with the ability to seat up to seven people – including three child seats in the second-row. However, for extra luggage room, the third row can either be folded down or removed entirely.
The price of the EQT has not been confirmed yet, nor have details on the battery size or range of the EQT. However, 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 E-TECH. Therefore, the EQT is expected to use the same 44kWh battery as the latest Kangoo, and be capable of roughly 160 miles on a single charge.
The EQT will be based on the T-Class, which will replace the Citan compact van and MPV when it goes on sale in 2022, followed by the electric EQT shortly after. The commercial van version of the T-Class will continue to wear the Citan moniker.