Premium level for high-roof station wagons: Mercedes T-Class – the elegant Citan

Premium level for high roof combination
Mercedes T-Class – the noble Citan

The Mercedes Citan was not able to establish itself as a buyer’s favorite either as a small van or as a high-roof station wagon for the family. That is set to change with the T-Class, the finest version of the Citan. High-quality materials, chic colors and smart technology should finally make the premium claim clear.

Mercedes T-class – what is it? Those who know the Stuttgart series will ask themselves that. Well, it’s an attempt to raise the simple and not really loved Citan to a level that one is used to from the premium manufacturer. Because the small van, which arose from the cooperation with Renault and is based on the Kangoo, could not really establish itself as a family van.

The exterior color Rubellit Red is reserved exclusively for the T-Class.

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And so the first encounter with the new Mercedes T-Class with the new Rubellit Red metallic paint reveals a clearly visible difference to its relative, the Citan Tourer, which was presented a year earlier. It is only available for what is now the most homely Mercedes high-roof station wagon. And a few other specific things reveal the high level of the T-Class. Mirrors and bumpers are presented in the body color and thus clearly set themselves apart from the black add-on parts of the Citan series.

Homely interior

A first check of the interior reveals further details that clearly set the T-Class apart from the Citan. Colorful decorative elements ranging from high-gloss black to silver and limonite yellow ensure a completely different flair than in the simple work vehicle. Customers will not find the “Artico” upholstery associated with the higher quality equipment line “Style” – this is synthetic leather – on the Citan either. A double decorative seam rounds off the classier impression in the T-Class.

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The Mercedes T-Class offers up to 2390 liters of storage space.

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And all of these nice extras don’t stop the station wagon from being as practical as possible in the noblest version. Up to 2390 liters of luggage can be stowed through side sliding doors and a tailgate at the rear or gullwing doors (depending on preference). Alternatively, the utility value pro offers up to seven seats in a version with a longer wheelbase. Up to 1500 kilograms can also be taken on the optional hook, which makes the T-Class an all-rounder. And of course there are plenty of shelves and folding tables in the second row, which is also characterized by ample legroom. In addition, three child seats can be attached.

Many optional features

Mercedes donated the flexible “Hey Mercedes” voice control system to the van, with which you can talk freely and don’t have to say sentences that are appropriately formulated. A 7-inch screen placed architecturally prominently on the center console underscores the digital age. It also fits that there is ambient lighting with eight selectable colors. In contrast, the instrument cluster with mechanical classics à la rev counter and speedometer seems almost a bit anachronistic.

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High-quality materials are used in the interior of the T-Class.

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So that there are no misunderstandings: It’s not bad and the values ​​are easy to read. But those who expect a freely configurable display area will be put off. On the other hand, the Swabians are probably doing those customers, who are still numerous, a favor who enjoy conventional advertisements that have become rare. However, there is at least a large color display between the scales. However, there is still some room for improvement – a really practical head-up display has so far been missing from the list of optional features. In return, a multifunction steering wheel that is easy to grip and has many buttons gives the impression of being able to operate a lot here.

For example, the active cruise control, which is part of a whole armada of assistants. Longitudinal and lateral guidance can be taken over by the computer if required. The T-Class brakes automatically in many situations, including at intersections. There is also an active lane departure warning system and a blind spot warning system. If desired, the T-Class parks automatically and offers a reversing camera. It also illuminates nocturnal landscapes with LED headlights.

Drives oriented to everyday life

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Up to three child seats can be installed in the rear of the Mercedes T-Class.

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The drive portfolio is objectively oriented, with two petrol and diesel engines. Similar to the Citan Tourer, the four-cylinder petrol engines developed in cooperation with Renault have an output of 102 hp and 131 hp respectively and consume 6.6 to 7.3 liters per 100 kilometers in the WLTP discipline. The diesel engines, also developed together with Renault, have a displacement of 1.5 liters and deliver 95 hp and 116 hp respectively. With 5.3 to 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers, these four-cylinders are naturally somewhat more economical. Manual six-speed or optionally automatic seven-speed transmissions with double-clutch technology transmit the torque of the machines.

And of course the T-Class will also appear on the market as a battery-electric vehicle – but Mercedes is still silent on the technical data. However, it would be a surprise if the values ​​were different than in the sister model Renault Kangoo. And here the Stromer delivers 122 hp. The approximately 45 kWh battery can be quickly charged with direct current or overnight with alternating current.

The soon to be debuted T-Class is likely to be the last model from the cooperation between Mercedes and Renault, as the cooperation ends after around twelve years.