Mercedes-Benz uncovers the Citan compact van

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 17, 2012

Mercedes-Benz unveiled today its Renault Kangoo rival, this is the Citan, brand’s new van with compact dimensions which makes it suitable for city use. Set to make its public debut in September at the 2012 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz Citan will be available in three different lengths: 3.94 m, 4.32 m and 4.71 m.

Mercedes-Benz will also offer a five-seater Citan Mixto vehicle with folding rear seat bench, wire mesh partition separating the load compartment, and two sliding doors. The third version will be the Citan crewbus, which is also a five-seater vehicle with folding rear seat bench and optional sliding doors on each side, but with a long wheelbase.

As an alternative, Mercedes-Benz will offer the Citan with a wide-opening tailgate. As an option, the Citan will get roof rails and ladder hatch for the panel van to facilitate the transportation of extra-long items.

In terms of safety, the Citan will be fitted with the Electronic Stability Program ADAPTIVE ESP as standard but also with the anti-locking braking system ABS, VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) which counters over- and understeer, TCS (Traction Control System), ASR (acceleration skid control) and drive and braking torque control.

Furthermore, the Citan also comes as standard with Start-off Assist, daytime running lamps, height-adjustable seat belts, belt tensioners and belt force limiters for the driver and front passenger, a seat belt reminder and driver airbag. The Citan crewbus has M1 homologation but also a front passenger airbag, thorax sidebags and windowbags for the driver and front passenger.

The panel van features a full partition wall that protects the driver and front passenger from loads sliding or tipping over. Regarding the design, the 2013 Citan features the well-known Mercedes-Benz front grille, but also bold headlamps and stylish front bumper with a trapezoidal shape of the air intake.

The 2013 Citan will offer plenty of engines covering all requirements, such as three turbodiesel direct-injection engines with outputs from 55 kW (75 hp) to 81 kW (110 hp), but also a supercharged petrol engine generating 84 kW (114 PS). The petrol-engined Citan comes with a BlueEFFICIENCY package as standard and this is also available as an option for the diesel versions. This package includes ECO start/stop function, battery and generator management, plus optimised low rolling resistance tyres.

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