New 2021 Mercedes S-Class technology detailed

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Do you think Mercedes-Benz is making the right move with this new van?

It's apparently going to be more than just a passenger version of the Citan as it will be "tailored to the needs of families whilst also being a suitable companion for active leisure enthusiasts".

As seen here in a teaser, the T-Class compact van will arrive in the first half of 2022, but we could expect to see it in the concept guise before that.

"With the new Mercedes-Benz T-Class, we will offer a vehicle which makes it possible for families and those with active pastimes to step into the Mercedes-Benz world", Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, explains the overall concept behind the T-Class.

"With the T-Class's new layout and design we achieve a fusion of functionality and desirability", said Daimler Group chief design officer Gorden Wagener. The company said that the vehicle will be undoubtedly a Mercedes-Benz, too, bearing the brand's DNA and signature characteristics.


The hydraulically assisted air suspension is now used in the GLE and GLS class vehicles. The wide-opening sliding doors on both the left and right-hand sides of the vehicle as an example allow easy and comfortable access to the interior.

As such, the T-Class may take some inspirations from elder sibling V-Class which is Mercedes' main workhorse in the MPV segment and offers a high level of comfort and a capable drive. In August past year, the Vans division announced a successor to the compact urban delivery van, together with a fully-electric variant.

In terms of a local introduction, Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand corporate communications manager Blake Vincent said the brand was now "assessing the suitability" of the Citan and T-Class "but no decision to launch in Australia has been made" as yet.

Like the outgoing model, the T-Class and new Citan will be produced in co-operation with the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, so it's likely to share the mechanical platform and engine technology of the next-generation Renault Kangoo.

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