Even though the commercial vehicle segment here in the US is still dominated by American automakers, Mercedes-Benz continues to be a top automaker for global work vehicles, including its recently introduced Citan. Built as a part of the Daimler-Renault alliance and sharing its design with the Renault Kangoo, the Mercedes-Benz Citan gets some notable upgrades including an optional diesel engine, available custom body conversions and a new stretched, seven-passenger model.

Going on sale next spring, the Citan Crewbus (shown above) adds a third row of seating with two seats in the back that can slide fore or aft to maximize passenger comfort, or they can be removed altogether for more cargo space. Currently, the Citan is only sold in Europe, but that will soon expand to include Asia, Chile and the Middle East. We asked a Mercedes spokesperson if there's a chance we'll ever see the Citan in the US to compete against small commercial vans like the Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200 and Chevrolet City Express, and the response was that there are "no plans" to do so.

Scroll down to check out the press release as well as galleries for both the new Crewbus and other variants of the 2014 Citan.
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Powerful models – new engine variants and numerous conversions for the Mercedes-Benz Citan
Stuttgart, Oct 15, 2013

-New Citan 111 CDI: powerful, smooth, economical
-New Citan 112: lively, comfortable, cost-effective
-New extra-long Citan crewbus with up to seven seats
-Bodybuilder Centre and VanPartner – the Citan made to measure

Powerful models from Mercedes-Benz round off the range of Citan urban delivery vans. The new top-of-the-line diesel model is the Citan 111 CDI developing 81 kW (110 hp). With its petrol engine, the Citan 112 (84 kW/112 hp) is likewise new. The extra-long Citan crewbus with up to seven seats will follow in spring 2014. In cooperation with well-known bodybuilders, the Citan model range is extended further: thanks to the certification scheme VanPartner by Mercedes-Benz, tested industry-specific solutions are available.

Mercedes-Benz Citan: successfully established
One year after its launch, the urban delivery van bearing the Mercedes star has established itself well. It has now been introduced in all EU countries, Switzerland, Norway and Turkey. Russia is currently set to follow as another market. Work is underway to launch in Chile, for example, while other regions in Southeast Asia and the Middle East are also being examined. Further variants broaden the offering.

New Citan 111 CDI: powerful, smooth, economical
The new top-of-the-line diesel model is the Citan 111 CDI. The engine here develops 81 kW (110 hp) from a displacement of 1.5 litres. Maximum torque is 240 Nm, making the Citan 111 CDI equally strong on pulling power.

The Citan 111 CDI is a lively performer, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.3 seconds. Its top speed of 170 km/h also makes it suitable for long distances. At the same time, it is among the most economical and environmentally friendly vehicles in its class: equipped with the optional BlueEfficiency package including the Eco start/stop function, the Citan achieves an outstanding combined fuel consumption of just 4.4 litres per 100 km. The list price for the long Citan 111 CDI panel van is €17,130 (excl. VAT).

New Citan 112: lively, comfortable, cost-effective
The new Citan 112 is particularly agile and comfortable at work. At 84 kW (112 hp), it obtains the highest output from the smallest displacement (1.2 l) in the model series. It is also one of the most cost-effective and low-emission urban delivery vans. BlueEfficiency technology and an Eco start/stop function are standard features. Combined fuel consumption is low at 6.1 litres/100 km.

With a top speed of 173 km/h and acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in just 11.7 seconds, the Citan 112 offers impressive performance. The long panel van is priced at €15,810 (excl. VAT).

Both the Citan 111 CDI and the Citan 112 are equipped with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. With its wide ratio spread, the transmission ensures both powerful start-off characteristics and low engine speeds at higher road speeds. This is accompanied by low driving noise and favourable fuel consumption.

New extra-long Citan crewbus with up to seven seats
As another new addition, the Citan is available as a crewbus with up to seven seats. It is based on the extra-long variant (length: 4705 mm). This crewbus is intended for commercial passenger transport, commercial transport of personnel and/or cargo, as well as mixed private and commercial use.

The new third seat row in the Citan consists of two individual seats. These are independently adjustable fore-and-aft, and can be individually folded down or removed as required.

Bodybuilder Centre and VanPartner – the Citan made to measure
Individual solutions for special requirements – conversions and custom bodies have always been important at Mercedes-Benz Vans. What is not available ex factory can be taken care of by bodybuilders. For the Citan, the conversion rate is already 16 percent.

The Bodybuilder Centre at Mercedes-Benz Vans is a partner to body and conversion specialists. It provides advice to these companies and accompanies new developments by Mercedes-Benz Vans. End-users also benefit: the publicly available information portal www.vanpartner.info provides an overview of more than 300 product solutions from around 90 partners - already including numerous versions for the Citan.

The companies featured on the website qualify as a VanPartner by Mercedes-Benz because they have achieved a special status: Mercedes-Benz Vans has not only approved the relevant solution, but even recommends it to end-users. Both quality and the level of sales and service are scrutinised extensively. By the end of the year, there will be VanPartners in all major European markets.

Meanwhile, there are now numerous, sometimes highly specialised conversions available for the Citan. Whether as a wheelchair taxi, mobile workshop or fresh food service, as a police vehicle or airport follow-me vehicle – with interior fittings and conversions the Citan fulfils tasks that go well beyond merely transporting passengers and goods.

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      I'm usually a fan of Mercedes styling, but holy god kill that thing before it breeds! It looks like a C-class got crazy drunk and had sex with a fat Nissan Cube, and then five years later this thing waddles up to the Mercedes doorstep and says "HI DADDY", and Mercedes has to pretend to be proud of it while deeply regretting the whole affair. Nein, Mercedes, Nein! Next time try mating with a Ford Transit Connect instead.
      • 1 Year Ago
      FInally, a Europe-only car on Autoblog I DON'T want to see in America
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is ugly. Practical maybe, but still ugly.
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would sell well in USA after minor visual updates and NOT as a Benz.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Third graders draw like this.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kill it with fire!
      David S.
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      John J
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      Wouldn't the strategic thing to do for a vehicle like this be "keeping it simple" ? This thing is such an ugly mess, I feel like a more VW, clean-lines, approach would've been MUCH better.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Car brands share platforms, engines etc. forming strategic alliances, trying to save cost when and where they can ... but is this really the best MB could do? Only a different hood, head lights & tail lights? I know MB makes all kinds of vehicles, practical to sporty etc; but the headline photo is just terrible. It doesn't look like it shares any MB design DNA! And how much extra will people have to pay for this re-badged Renault?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most people don't realize Mercedes makes everything from School Buses to Unimogs. This is clearly a commercial vehicle. I'm sure it's reliable and safe for what it is. That said, it is pretty ugly from the A-Pillar back. Too much roundness everywhere.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Someone needs to dry out or go to detox. Those windows have to be the result of some sort of drug/alcohol abuse.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Third world MB with bags under the window. If this is where MB goes when working with Renault and Nissan They are so screwed.
        • 1 Year Ago
        How about a badge engineered Nissan Altima as a Mercedes-Benz next?
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