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New Mercedes-Benz T-Class 2022 teased: New light van aims to outclass Volkswagen Caddy with passenger focus

The T-Class will share its underpinnings with the Citan van, and both will be developed with Renault's help.

Mercedes-Benz Vans is teasing its next new model, a small van that will be called T-Class and launch internationally in the first half of 2022.

Positioned as a passenger-focused companion to the Citan light-commercial van, which is under study for introduction to Australia, both nameplates will share the same platform and development with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

Though Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia does not currently have a light van in its arsenal to compete against the Fiat Doblo, Peugeot Partner and Volkswagen Caddy, the first-gen Citan was under study but ultimate deemed unviable for the local market due to a lack of automatic transmission and suitable engines.

The one-two combo of a fresh Citan and all-new T-Class could present the perfect opportunity for Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia to muscle in on the light-van market to target tradies and families respectively.

Though just a teaser for now, expect to see the T-Class wear familiar Mercedes-Benz styling and “typical characters of the brand with the three-pointed star … especially in terms of design, value, safety and connectivity”, said the German brand.

“The letter T stands for efficient room concepts and is thus perfectly suited as a model designation for compact family vans bearing the three-pointed star”, said Mercedes-Benz Vans.

Details are also yet to be revealed, but the T-Class will sport dual-sliding doors, ‘conventional’ engines and a full-electric option – the latter already confirmed for the next Kangoo and Citan.