Mercedes-Benz Citan: first official sketches revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 6, 2012

These official sketches from Mercedes-Benz show off the Citan, the successor to the long-discontinued Vaneo commercial van that’s based on the Renault Kangoo. The Mercedes-Benz Citan is a new front-wheel drive urban delivery vehicle that’s set to get its first public premiere at the Hannover commercial vehicle show this September before sales begin. A right-hand-drive version is expected later this year.

The Citan will eventually be available in five body versions and three types of wheelbases. It would be powered by a lineup that Renault developed but was enhanced by Mercedes-Benz, including four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines that range in power from 59bhp to 108bhp.

CNG and LPG variants are expected to follow. Mercedes-Benz said that the European market for light commercial vehicles has increased to 700,000 each year.

Of this figure, it hopes to gain a market share of around 4% with the Citan, a figure that implies a conservative sales target of between 28,000 and 35,000 each year. Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said that it will make the most of the trend toward city vans. The name Citan is coined from the words ‘city’ and ‘titan’.

It was designed to compete with a range of reputable brands like Volkswagen Caddy, Citroën Berlingo, Fiat Doblo and its sister car, the Renault Kangoo, when it comes to price and features. The Citan will be built in the Mercedes-Benz’s facility in Maubeuge, France, alongside the Renault Kangoo.

For the first time ever, the Mercedes-Benz fleet of vans features a delivery vehicle that is dedicated and that is highly suitable for the urban environment. The new Mercedes-Benz Citan is powerful and has compact dimensions that make it perfect for city use. It boasts impressive quality, outstanding driving dynamics, excellent safety and economy, as well as superior versatility and robustness. Needless to say, the new Citan is a professional urban delivery van.

The Mercedes-Benz Citan is set to be introduced to the public at the 2012 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show, which will be held in Hanover.

Thanks to its adaptability and versatility, the new Citan fulfills a wide range of commercial applications. This new urban delivery van takes inspiration from a panel van and is available in three various lengths: 4.71 meters, 4.32 meters, and 3.94 meters.

Mercedes-Benz also offers a five-seater variant, the Citan Mixto, which features a folding rear seat bench, a wire mesh partition that separates the load compartment, as well as two sliding doors. The Citan Mixto is a mixed-use vehicle based on the brand’s extra-long variant. There is also a third basic design, the Citan crewbus, which is also a five-seater with foldable rear seat bench as well as optional sliding doors on both sides, but with a long wheelbase. There are also 3 different weights, depending on the model. These weights range up to 2200 kilograms of max. permissible gross vehicle weight.

Moreover, as an alternative to Benz’s standard rear-end doors, the carmaker will supply the Citan with a wide-open tailgate. It also offers optional roof rails, which boost flexibility in the same way the optional ladder hatch does for the panel van in order to facilitate transportation of extra-long items.

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