Mercedes-Benz uncovers the Citan compact van

Article by Christian A., 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.

Mercedes-Benz’s Citan carries a characteristic brand look that makes it immediately recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz. The Citan’s chromed star provides the brand signature and is confidently set against the car’s prominent and robust radiator grille, which sports three bold, perforated louvres. Moreover, the Citan showcases striking bold headlamps and pronounced V-shaped bonnet with clearly defined edges.

The car’s air intake, found in its bumper, is trapezoidal in shape, thus emphasizing the width and powerful impression that Citan creates. This feature is a typical style element of present Mercedes-Benz vehicles, from those in the compact segment to the new Actros.

What’s more, the rear window’s angular lower edge emphasizes the Citan’s width as well as mirrors the line of its vertically mounted taillights. This particular detail of the car reflects the designers’ expertise. On Citan variants featuring rear-end doors, the number plate is positioned on the left-hand side of the asymmetrical doors, which have a wider side. For Citan variants with a tailgate, this number plate is affixed on the center.

The Citan is one compelling urban delivery van that boasts a unique look that effortlessly fits into the portfolio together with the Mercedes-Benz Vitovans and Sprinter.

The new Mercedes-Benz Citan’s interior is also distinctive comes with an outstanding set of standard equipment. It showcases firm and comfortably padded seats that will surely make both driver and front passenger happy. Its form-fitting backrests provide lateral support, ensuring safety and comfort while you are onboard. And drawing on Mercedes-Benz’s typical design philosophy, the seats’ fabric cover is skin-friendly, breathable, durable, and easy to care for.

Additionally, the new Citan’s instrument panel is just as striking and powerful as the vehicle’s exterior. This instrument panel is designed with the driver in mind. Its surface features a leather-like grain that gives it an attractive look and luxurious feel.

Drivers of the Citan will instantly feel at home in its cockpit, thanks to the combination switches, the light switches, the gearknob, and the instrument panel’s keys. All of these meet the brand’s standards when it comes to the driver's area layout, function, and look. Lastly, the trim over the Citan’s glove compartment enhances its interior even further.

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