MacGyver partners with Mercedes-Benz to promote the new Citan

Article by Christian A., on August 16, 2012

Who doesn’t miss seeing MacGyver’s Richard Dean Anderson back on television? We have Mercedes-Benz to thank for that. The German automaker is set to release an advertising campaign, which includes three all-new episodes that will start to be aired on September 18 online. MacGyver will be acquiring a new gadget – the Mercedes-Benz’s new Citan minivan.

Putting the non-violent action hero together with a minivan may be surprising at first but what they have in common is that they’re both crafty and resourceful. Next month, the Citan will make its debut at the IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show. It will be arriving next month in various iterations.

The Citan will be offered in any of three lengths/styles -- a panel van (similar to the Ford Transit Connect), a Mixto (which could accommodate a minimum of five people and has adequate room in the back), or a Crewbus that has to have three rows of seats at least. Those vans are offered with one of three diesel engines, with power that varies from 74 hp to 109 hp, or a supercharged gasoline engine that delivers 113 hp.

The power isn’t that impressive but wait until you hear about its fuel economy. It could offer as high as 54.7 mpg on the EU combined cycle. Its other features include an adaptive traction control program that considers the van’s passenger/cargo load into account when reaching decisions.

Enthusiasts in Europe may detect a resemblance. The Citan is the first Mercedes-Benz vehicle to roll out of its partnership with Renault-Nissan. The Citan is based on the very successful Renault Kangoo. Kangoo’s assembly line in Maubeuge, France, will be building the Citan.

New Mercedes-Benz Citan is a powerful addition to the German brand’s collection of vans with its compact design and dimensions, enabling it to effortlessly cruise through the fast-paced urban jungle. This high-quality delivery vehicle is apt for city use and features impressive driving dynamics, state-of-the-art safety and economical features, and a whole new level of “versatility and robustness.” This is the first time for Mercedes-Benz’ range of vans to feature such a vehicle.

The IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in September 2012 at Hanover will host the unveiling of the Mercedes-Benz Citan.

The new Mercedes-Benz Citan is actually based on a panel van, and is offered in varied lengths: 3.94 meters, 4.32 meters and 4.71 meters. It is versatile and flexible, capable of adapting to any road and weather condition and covering all types of commercial applications.

Aside from that, a five-seater Citan Mixto vehicle (based on the extra-long variant) will also be made available, featuring a folding rear seat bench, wire mesh partition between the rear seat and load compartment, and two sliding doors. Another variant is the Citan crewbus which is also like the Citan Mixto, minus the wire mesh partition and sliding doors on both sides as an option, but with a longer wheelbase. Weights also differ for every model and can reach up to 2,200 kilograms – which is the standard maximum permissible gross vehicle weight.

Instead of standard rear doors, the Mercedes-Benz Citan features a wide-opening tailgate. Also, it comes with optional roof rails (to boost flexibility) and an optional ladder hatch which enables easier transport for extra-long cargo.

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