New Mercedes-Benz Citan urban delivery van passes winter testing

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 14, 2012

The new Citan urban delivery van from Mercedes-Benz has completed the rigorous and grueling winter testing, which every Mercedes-Benz unit has to undertake to be qualified to bear the three-pointed star mark. The new van model has undergone various other tests, which are a testament to the high quality of the body, drive system, suspension and interior.

The winters in northern Sweden are the ideal conditions to bring the new Mercedes-Benz Citan to the test with the meter-high snow lining both sides of the road and sub-zero temperatures down to -40°C, among others. 

For 10 years, Mercedes-Benz Vans has been putting every new model to test under extreme conditions near the Arctic Circle. Vito and Sprinter vans have also undergone rigorous winter testing on various occasions.

Mercedes-Benz has built its own test center in the town of Arjeplog with offices, workshops and test tracks. It is isolated and protected from prying eyes. Aside from the one in the center, there are other test tracks on a nearby lake, on public roads and on a challenging mountain route, all of which the new Citan has gone through.

Part of the tests made through the Scandinavian winter focus on cold start behavior, the seat heating and windscreen defrosting as well as the heating and ventilation. The testing in the Artic Circle also determines how materials react to extreme temperatures. At sub-zero temperatures, even plastics can break. In certain scenarios, creaking noises could occur where materials overlap.

For Mercedes-Benz, these incidences are unacceptable in its models. If the Mercedes-Benz Citan's high-quality characteristic interior can endure this environment, it can withstand even the most ruthless winter in Central Europe. The Citan has surpassed all the necessary tests successfully, achieving the capability to withstand the harshest icy-cold temperatures.

Mercedes-Benz’s Citan is immediately recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz because of its characteristic brand look. It carries the brand’s signature chromed star, which is proudly set against its prominent and robust radiator grille that showcases three athletic perforated louvres. Moreover, the Citan has bold headlamps and a pronounced V-shaped bonnet with striking and clearly defined edges.

Citan’s trapezoid-shaped air intake in its bumper emphasizes its width and the powerful impression it makes. This feature is another one of the brand's usual style elements, from the latest cars in its compact class to its new Actros.

Additionally, the rear window’s angular lower edge resembles the line of the car’s vertically mounted taillights, thus emphasizing width. This particular detail of the new Citan reflects the expert hand of designers at Mercedes-Benz. On Citan variants with rear-end doors, you can see the number plate affixed on the left-hand side of their asymmetric doors. Whereas when you buy a Citan with a tailgate, you will see the number plate positioned centrally.

The new Citan is one compelling urban delivery van that possesses a unique appearance and that seamlessly fits into the brand’s portfolio alongside the Sprinter and the Vitovans.

Lastly, the new Citan’s interior is just as distinctive as its exterior. It is equipped to a high standard. The driver and the front passenger both benefit from firm and comfortably padded seats. There are also the backrests with form-fitting shape that provide lateral support, ensuring safety and comfort. Drawing on the typical design of the brand, the fabric cover on its seats is breathable and skin-friendly, as well as durable and easy to care for.

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