the luxurious Kangoo (video presentation)

Shortly said

MPV based on the same base as the Renault Kangoo

Petrol, diesel and electric motors

From € 30,000 (approx.)

First delivery in July

Launched in 2010, the industrial alliance between Mercedes (then Daimler) and Renault officially ended in November 2021.

During this period, the groups will have developed engines together (the 1.3 petrol block that can be found under the bonnet of the Dacia Duster as well as the Mercedes A-Class), unsuccessfully tried to sell a pick-up Nissan under their respective coats of arms, and Mercedes will have offered Citan from 2012, a tool very closely derived from the second generation of Kangoo.

The commercial performance of this model was considered to be sufficiently convincing for the two producers to continue their cooperation.

Mercedes T-Class: the luxurious Kangoo (video presentation)

Mercedes T-Class: the luxurious Kangoo (video presentation)

Kangoo 3 thus adopts Mercedes in the form of the new Citan, a model already tested by Caradisiac, but also that of Class T, the MPV (luxospace?), Which interests us today.

Why this
Why this “T” by the way? The name refers to the brand’s first station wagon, the W123 T (for Touring), presented in 1977.

Benz from Maubeuge

Can be ordered from May 2, for the first deliveries, which were to take place around the beginning of July, the T-Class differs from Kangoo in many respects. According to a representative of the brand, the fact that making the Mercedes DNA tangible represented a ” Big work »

The most visible changes concern the grid and dashboard. In addition, reworked suspensions and seats, which are presented to us as more comfortable, to establish the more “premium” character of the vehicle.

Foamed materials exist side by side with hard plastic, especially in the lower part of the dashboard.  If the 7-inch diagonal on the central multimedia screen is not transcendent, we appreciate finding the MBUX connection that accompanies the voice command activated by the now famous
Foamed materials exist side by side with hard plastic, especially in the lower part of the dashboard. If the 7-inch diagonal of the central multimedia screen is not transcendent, we appreciate finding the MBUX connection that accompanies the voice command activated by the now famous ” Hi Mercedes “.

Despite the many efforts that Mercedes has made, this model is made in Maubeuge can not completely hide its utilitarian origins, which are especially betrayed by hard plastic, which on the trunk side is likely to be scratched quite easily.

Mercedes T-Class: the luxurious Kangoo (video presentation)

But hey, family customers who love space and practical aspects will largely find their account on board this vehicle with quite exceptional carrying capacities. Load volume fluctuates between 520 and 2,127 liters, while the rear sliding doors open access to the rear seats and provide plenty of legroom.

The backrests help to form an almost flat floor when folded down ...
The backrests help to form an almost flat floor when folded down …
... but we can regret that the mentioned backrests do not correspond to a division into three 40/20/40 parts that allow the transport of long objects such as a surfboard, while retaining two real seats in the back.  It will therefore be necessary to settle for a classic 60/40, and that is unfortunate for a vehicle with a practical family calling.
… but we can regret that the mentioned backrests do not correspond to a division into three 40/20/40 parts that allow the transport of long objects such as a surfboard, while retaining two real seats in the back. It will therefore be necessary to settle for a classic 60/40, and that is unfortunate for a vehicle with a practical family calling.

Mention well, on the other hand, the roof rails that integrate the roof bars. By pressing two buttons, said ramps can turn 90 ° and become crossbars that can carry loads of 40 kilos each. Specially thoughtful equipment, also available at Renault and on the new Dacia Sandero Stepway.

It should be noted in passing that a version with an extended body that allows the transport of 7 passengers is displayed at the end of the second half.

Reinforcement with el

On the techno side, all conceivable driving aids for this type of vehicle will be available as standard (emergency braking assistance, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, etc.) or as an option. The T-Class is not a cheap car, let it be said.

Mercedes T-Class: the luxurious Kangoo (video presentation)

To drive this vehicle, Mercedes to France has chosen a petrol engine that develops 131 hp, as well as two diesel engines of 95 and 116 hp. All of these blocks will automatically pair with a 6-speed manual transmission, but a 7-speed automatic transmission will be available at an additional cost.

And if we were not to hope for the appearance of a hybrid engine that would allow a more moderate consumption in urban areas, Mercedes will quickly offer a 100% electric version of the machine, called the EQT. This comes in direct competition with the Peugeot e-Rifter and Citroën ë-Berlingo, and of course with the electric Kangoo Van E-tech, its Renault counterpart, which promises a range of up to 300 km.

Mercedes T-Class: the luxurious Kangoo (video presentation)

One last word on pricing. The “first price” T-Class will sell for around € 30,000, or € 1,500 more than the Kangoo with a similar engine (95 diesel or 131 hp petrol). A price difference that remains reasonable and can also be found at resale commits the “star” effect.

Mercedes T-Class: the luxurious Kangoo (video presentation)

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