Mercedes T-Class electric MPV announced for 2022

Successor to passenger version of Mercedes Citan gets fully electric option

Mercedes has announced that the forthcoming replacement for the Citan compact van and MPV will be offered as an electric model for the first time. The passenger car will be called the T-Class, while the commercial van version will continue to wear the Citan moniker, with both launching in early 2022.

Like the outgoing model, the T-Class and new Citan will be produced in co-operation with Renault, so it's likely to share the mechanical platform and engine technology of the next-generation Renault Kangoo. No details on battery size, range or likely price have been released as yet, however a prototype version of the car was spotted testing under camouflage (above) in December 2020.

Mercedes says the T-Class will be aimed at both private buyers and 'ride-sharing' services, and will be offered with a fully electric powertrain, as well as internal-combustion engines. It'll slot into the range as a smaller and cheaper alternative to the Vito van-based V-Class, which is also offered with both diesel and electric power – the latter known as the EQV.

According to Marcus Breitschwerdt, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, the T-Class 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 fulfils."

In terms of the T-Class's design, Mercedes says it'll 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 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.