A new van-based pickup truck appears to be on its way to Australia from Mercedes-Benz.
The van-based 2023 Mercedes-Benz T-Class seems poised to make his Australian debut, with government papers seen by drive Indication of first showroom arrivals due this year.
Mercedes-Benz Australia has submitted documents to the Department of Infrastructure to pave the way for local sales of the T-Class – a city van converted into a five-seat station wagon.
Although not a popular category in Australia, the Mercedes-Benz T-Class would compete with the passenger version of the Volkswagen Caddy.
As with the Caddy, which is available as a panel van or as a family transporter, the T-Class is the more comfortable people-mover version of the Mercedes-Benz Citan transporter that has already been presented drive Coming to Australia in December 2022.
The T-Class (and its Citan twin) are based on the new Renault Kangoo, which after delays is due to launch in Australia in the first half of this year – albeit only as a commercial van, with no people-mover version.
The all-electric Renault Kangoo E-Tech – Europe’s best-selling electric light commercial vehicle – will also soon be available in local showrooms, offering a range of up to 285 kilometers from its 45 kWh battery.
The electric Kangoo could pave the way for sales of the Mercedes-Benz EQT or the eCitan – electric versions of the T-Class or van range.
Although not yet confirmed, the T-Class is expected to be powered by the same 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine found in the Citan, sending 96kW and 240Nm to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission .
For comparison: The Volkswagen Caddy also uses a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but is instead available with a choice of 1.5-liter turbo petrol or 2.0-liter turbo diesel.
The T-Class features a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Mercedes-Benz MBUX operating system, a 5.5-inch multifunction display, keyless start and ambient lighting.
The T-Class comes standard with seven airbags, Hill Start Assist, Crosswind Assist, Fatigue Alert, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Assist, Speed Limit Assist and Tire Pressure Indicator Warning System.
The T-Class is 4488mm long, 1859mm wide, 1860mm high and has a wheelbase of 2716mm, with a seven-seat long-wheelbase version promised for the future of Mercedes-Benz in Europe – although no word is known about it is whether it is offered locally.
Mercedes-Benz Australia declined to comment on local plans for the 2023 Mercedes-Benz T-ClassBut drive An announcement on this – and on the Citan commercial vehicle – is expected in the coming months.
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