Mercedes-Benz Concept EQT

This is the EQT – Mercedes-Benz’ effort at an all-electric premium vehicle in the small van segment and an electric version of the company’s new near-series-production T-Class people-mover. The T-Class models will be available with internal combustion engines.

“We are expanding our portfolio in the small van segment with the forthcoming T-Class,” said Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “It will appeal to families and all those private customers, whatever their age, who enjoy leisure activities and need a lot of space and maximum variability without forgoing comfort and style. The T-Class provides them with an attractive introduction into the world of Mercedes-Benz. And as the Concept EQT shows: We are consistently implementing our claim to leadership in electromobility and will also be offering a fully electric model in this segment in the future.”

The Concept EQT has recognisable features that are becoming the design cues for the Mercedes EQ electric range, including the black panel front with LED headlights, and a a light strip which connects the LED rear lamps.

The EQT is 4945mm long, 1863mm wide, and 1826mm high, and features sliding doors on both sides. Three child seats can be fitted next to each other in the second row of seats. If more space is required, the third-row seats can be folded or removed completely. The seats are upholstered in white nappa leather.

Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system will be installed, and can be operated using the free-standing central display with touch function, the touch control buttons on the steering wheel and, optionally, the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice assistant.

Data available via the high-resolution media display will include the charging current, departure time, energy flow and consumption histogram. The media display can also be used to operate the navigation as well as the driving modes.

No word as yet on battery, range and so on, but the model series was developed in collaboration with Renault, and its Kangoo E-Tech van is equipped with a 44kWh battery offering 265km of range and a 75kW/245Nm electric motor.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (June 2021)

2 July 2021

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