New Mercedes Concept EQT MPV teased
Mercedes will replace the Citan with the all-electric EQT
- Shares styling with the forthcoming T-Class MPV
- Predicted to feature a similar powertrain to the Renault Kangoo ZE
- Expected to go on sale in 2022
Mercedes has previewed the Concept EQT, a small all-electric MPV that will be part of the T-Class range, ahead of its full reveal in 2022.
Mercedes claims the Concept EQT is a close representation of the production model and that it’s designed to introduce a “premium” option to the leisure activity vehicle segment, where the brand feels there is a gap in the market.
Many of the EQT’s styling cues and its platform will be shared with the forthcoming T-Class MPV, which is also due to hit showrooms in 2022 and will feature a range of petrol and hybrid powertrain options. It’s expected that the Concept EQT will be of a similar size to the T-Class MPV, with both vehicles based on a platform from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
According to Mercedes, the Concept EQT will be slightly larger than the most recent Volkswagen Caddy. With Mercedes’ track record of minimal changes between concept and production cars, we expect the car in these pictures to be nearly identical in size to the final production model.
As previewed in the official images, the EQT will share its styling with the rest of the Mercedes EQ range, including sharp, slender headlamps, alongside a large radiator grille. The rear, meanwhile, will get a full-width light bar with a large pair of sliding doors, offering easy access to the third row of seats. As it’s still a prototype, however, we wouldn’t pay much attention to the large 21-inch alloy wheels and the bottle-shaped panoramic sunroof, which are unlikely to make it on to the production model.
Taking a closer look inside, the concept has white Nappa leather upholstery and will feature ambient interior lighting. Its infotainment system, meanwhile, will get a touchscreen that’s equipped with an artificial intelligence (AI) programme, as found in the recently launched EQS, and will receive over-the-air updates and live traffic information.
This technology allows the car to learn and automate its drivers habits - if the driver regularly calls someone on a Monday evening on their way home from work, for example, the system will display that contact’s phone number on the screen at the exact time. The system also has live traffic information and over-the-air updates.
As a vehicle for larger families, buyers will be pleased to know the EQT is equipped with three Isofix points for child seats in the second row.
Complete technical specifications for the EQT are yet to be announced but we predict it will feature a similar battery and motor setup as the third generation Renault Kangoo ZE, since they share the same underpinnings. The Kangoo is powered by a 44kWh battery, which Renault says has a range of 159 miles and can be charged at 75kW. It drives an electric motor mounted on the front axle, which produces an output of 100bhp and 245Nm of torque.
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