Mercedes-Benz T-Class debuts as a stylish Franco-German van


Citan with a tuxedo?

We already saw the second-gen Mercedes-Benz Citan not too long ago, so what is this T-Class thing again, you ask? Well, it apparently is a posher version of the Citan. To put it into perspective, think of it as something similar to how the Ertiga and the XL6 differ. But anyway, the T-Class will be available in T 160 and T 180 flavors and in “Style” and “Progressive” trims, with prices starting at under €30,000 in Germany (including 19% VAT).

You have to park the Citan and T-Class side-by-side to figure out the visual differences, but it appears that the latter gets a more premium-looking front chrome grille, body-colored ORVMs, 16‑inch 5‑spoke wheels (17‑inch light-alloy wheels are optional), dark tinted rear windows, and premium-looking exterior paint options.

Inside the Style, you get high-gloss black accents on the doors and centre console, which can be optionally specified in matt limonite yellow. Both front and rear door centre panels are covered in Neotex artificial leather. As standard, the seats are upholstered in a combo of black Artico artificial leather and Microcut microfibre, with white contrast stitching being an optional addition. The Progressive Line also gets Neotex on the upper part of the dashboard with contrast stitching, while the seats here are upholstered in black Artico artificial leather with standard white contrast stitching.

Other key features include a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, electric windows in sliding rear doors, and safety systems such as 7 airbags and ADAS suite (Hill Start Assist, Crosswind Assist, Attention Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Speed Limit Assist).


Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the T 160d and T 180d are powered by a 1.5-litre (1,461 cc) 4-cylinder diesel engine offering 70 kW (95 metric hp) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) and 85 kW (115.5 metric hp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft), respectively. For those who want petrol, there are T 160 and T 180 options, powered by a 1.33-litre (1,332 cc) 4-cylinder petrol engine, offering 75 kW (102 metric hp) and 200 Nm (147.5 lb-ft) and 96 kW (130.5 metric hp) and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft), respectively. Depending on the variant, transmission options will be a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT.

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