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Mercedes-Benz launches passenger version of Citan van

Mercedes-Benz has announced some details about a new passenger version of its Citan LCV, the T-Class people carrier

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Mercedes-Benz has announced details for a new passenger MPV version of its Citan small van. The new T-Class people carrier is set to challenge the likes of the Volkswagen Caddy.

The arrival of the upmarket T-Class people carrier follows the launch of its van counterpart, the Mercedes-Benz Citan, last year. Both models are based on the latest iteration of the Renault Kangoo, which also forms the basis for the Nissan Townstar.

Targeting buyers in the mainstream people carrier market, Mercedes-Benz says that prices for the new T-Class will start from €29,300 in Europe, which is about £25K in the UK.

The T-Class has the same road presence as the Citan – it is 4.5 metres long, 1.9 metres wide, and 1.8 metres tall. The five-door people carrier has sliding doors on both sides, though customers can choose to opt for a two-section rear door instead, like the Citan. The sliding doors provide an opening measuring 0.6 metres wide and 1.1 metres high.

The standard model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, with 17-inch alloys available as an optional extra.

The 2022 T-Class range includes three trim levels: the standard entry-level version, the mid-range ‘Style’ trim and the range-topping ‘Progressive’ trim. Entry-level features include a seven-inch central touchscreen with the brand’s MBUX infotainment software, keyless start-up, a six-inch instrument display behind the steering wheel and a heated rear window.

The mid-range trim adds the brand’s ‘Artico’ faux-leather upholstery, ambient lighting, tints the rear windows, and includes a fold-away table for rear passengers. The top-spec trim adds electric windows for the sliding doors and LED high performance headlamps for improved illumination of the road ahead.

When it comes to safety features, the Mercedes-Benz T-Class is well equipped. An automatic braking function with cross-traffic detection and lane-keeping assistance is standard, as is blind spot monitoring and a speed limiter. Parking assistance features, including a reversing camera, are optional extras, as are folding wing mirrors and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

There are a number of practical storage spaces in the cabin, including large door bins, and there’s 517 litres of luggage space in the rear with the seats up. The loading sill is quite low at 56cm high to make the loading and unloading of luggage easier.

The optional luggage rack on the roof can carry up to 80kg of weight, and the T-Class can pull 1,500kg of trailer weight, with trailer coupling and trailer stability assistance features being optional extras.

There are four engines on offer, all fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox. The range starts with the 1.3-litre petrol-powered T 160 model, which is capable of producing 102hp, while the more powerful T 180 can produce 130hp. Two diesel options are available – the T 160d and T 180d, which produce 95hp and 116hp respectively.

Petrol versions have CO2 emissions figures ranging from 153 to 162g/km, while diesel versions are more efficient, with an emissions output of between 138 and 154g/km.

The brand says that it has started taking orders for the five-seater variant of the T-Class, with a longer wheelbase version with seven seats expected to arrive in 2023. As of yet, the T-Class is not available for order in Britain, but UK pricing is likely to arrive soon.

Sean Rees
Sean Rees
Sean is the Deputy Editor at The Van Expert. A enthusiastic fan of motorsport and all things automotive, he is accredited by the Professional Publishers Association, and is now focused on helping those in van-buying need with independent and impartial advice.

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