Previewed back in February, the new Citan has just been revealed in Amsterdam ahead of its September debut at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover, Germany. Smaller than the existing Sprinter, Vario, Viano and Vito vans, the Citan is geared for use inside Europe's crowded cities.
The compact panel van will be available in three lengths, with a choice of three turbodiesels ranging from 75 to 110 horsepower. There's also a 115-hp supercharged gasoline engine mated to a five- or six-speed automatic transmission with an available BlueEfficiency package that includes a stop/start system.
Although the Citan by design won't be as luxurious as we'd expect a Mercedes to be (hint: it's based on the Renault Kangoo and will be built at the French automaker's Maubeuge assembly plant), it does feature a more ergonomic cabin design than most vehicles in this segment and comes packed with all the electronic gizmos we've come to anticipate from a vehicle with a silver star in the grille. But while the Ford Transit Connect (like Mercedes' own Sprinter) has made the journey across the Atlantic to American showrooms, we wouldn't expect the same from the Citan any time soon.
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- Robust and reliable: the Citan completes the Mercedes-Benz family of vans
- Versatile choice of three lengths and three model variants
- Comprehensive safety equipment
- Characteristic Mercedes-Benz appearance
- Equipped to a high standard for ergonomics and comfort
- Safe, smooth handling as expected of the brand
- A range of economical BlueEFFICIENCY engines: with low fuel consumption
Stuttgart/Amsterdam. Powerful yet with compact dimensions making it especially suitable for city use – for the first time, the Mercedes-Benz portfolio of vans features a vehicle specifically for the urban environment. With its impressive quality and driving dynamics, exemplary safety and economy and a high level of versatility and robustness, the new Mercedes-Benz Citan is a truly professional urban van.
The Mercedes-Benz Citan will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover in September 2012.
Choice of three lengths and three model variants
Due to its versatility and adaptability, the new Mercedes-Benz Citan fulfils a broad range of commercial applications. Based on a panel van, this urban van is available in three different lengths: Compact, Long, Extra-long.
Comprehensive safety equipment
As is the case with every Mercedes-Benz vehicle, safety plays a big role in the new Citan. The urban van comes with the Electronic Stability Program ADAPTIVE ESP® as standard, which takes the vehicle load into consideration. This innovative dynamic handling control system in the new Citan combines the functions of the anti-locking braking system ABS®, VDC® (Vehicle Dynamic Control) which counters over- and understeer, and TCS® (Traction Control System). It also includes ASR® (Acceleration Skid Control) and drive and braking torque control.
Characteristic Mercedes-Benz Appearance
The Mercedes-Benz Citan is instantly recognisable as a Mercedes-Benz thanks to the vehicle's characteristic brand look. The Citan is the first model in the Mercedes-Benz van range to feature our new family appearance. Providing the brand signature, the chromed star is self-assuredly set against the prominent, robust radiator grille with three sporty perforated louvres. The Mercedes-Benz Citan's bold headlamps and the pronounced V-shape to the bonnet with its clearly defined edges are equally striking.
The trapezoidal shape of the air intake in the bumper emphasises width and the powerful impression made by the Citan. Again, this feature is one of the brand's typical style elements at the present time, from the latest Mercedes-Benz cars in the compact class through to the new Actros.
Equipped to a high standard for ergonomics and comfort
Just as distinctive, the interior of the new Mercedes-Benz Citan is equipped to a high standard. Both the driver and front passenger benefit from equally firm, comfortably padded seats. The form-fitting shape of the backrests in particular provides lateral support, thereby ensuring comfort and safety. Drawing on the brand's typical design, the fabric cover is breathable, durable and easy to care for.
As powerful and striking as the exterior of the new Citan, the instrument panel is designed around the driver. The surface has a leather-like grain for an attractive look and feel.
Drivers of any other Mercedes-Benz will immediately feel at home in the cockpit of the new Citan and not just due to the familiar star on the steering wheel: the combination switches, gearknob, and switches on the instrument panel all meet Mercedes-Benz's usual standards for the driver's area in terms of layout, look and function. Trim over the glove compartment enhances the interior further.
Engines covering all requirements
The choice of engines is broad. Three high-torque, turbodiesel direct-injection engines with outputs from 75hp (55kW) to 110hp (81kW) and a nippy, supercharged petrol engine generating 115 hp (84kW) cover all standard requirements. All the diesel engines have a particulate filter as standard. Five and six-speed transmissions with a joystick gearshift positioned within easy reach on the centre console transmit power to the front wheels.
Handling as expected of the brand: safe and smooth
The developers of the Mercedes-Benz Citan have paid particular attention to ensuring that the handling is as expected of the brand, delivering a combination of driving dynamics, agility and ride comfort. The Direct-Steer system is accurate and sensitive, while the suspension, damping and stabiliser bars have been carefully attuned to each other.
Whether empty or loaded, the new Citan is a true Mercedes-Benz, offering precision, driving safety and the smooth handling that drivers are accustomed to from the Vito and Sprinter.
BlueEFFICIENCY package reduces consumption further
The petrol-engined Citan comes with a BlueEFFICIENCY package as standard, which is optional for the diesel versions. Amongst other features this includes the ECO start/stop function, battery and generator management, plus optimised low rolling resistance tyres depending on the variant which again reduce fuel consumption.
Further information about Mercedes-Benz is available online at: www.media.daimler.com,www.mercedes-benz.com and www.citan.mercedes-benz.com