Mercedes-Benz Citan is a new addition to commercial lineup
"The new Citan from Mercedes-Benz which will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover in September is a powerful and compact commercial van especially suitable for city use. In order to make the new vehicle quite popular among target audience Mercedes-Benz has created 3 options for its buyers, they may choose among three lengths and three model variants, so the new model fulfils a broad range of commercial applications.
Based on a panel van Renault Kangoo, this urban delivery van is available in three different lengths: 3.94 m, 4.32 m and 4.71 m. There will also be a variable, five-seater Citan Mixto vehicle with folding rear seat bench, wire mesh partition separating the load compartment, and two sliding doors. This mixed-use vehicle is based on the extra-long variant. The third basic design is the Citan crewbus, which is also a five-seater vehicle with folding rear seat bench and optional sliding doors on each side, but this time with a long wheelbase. Depending on the model, there are also three different weights ranging up to a maximum permissible gross vehicle weight of 2200 kilograms.
The Mercedes-Benz's engineers have paid attention to safety system in the new Citan. The urban delivery van comes with the Electronic Stability Program ADAPTIVE ESP as standard, which takes the vehicle load into consideration. This innovative dynamic handling control system in the new Citan combines the functions of the anti-locking braking system ABS, VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) which counters over- and understeer, and TCS (Traction Control System). 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 all come as standard.
Design may play not the main role in a workhorse vehicle, but Mercedes-Benz's designers just couldn't forget the present time brand's typical style elements which emphasise width and the powerful impression made by Citan. The style of the van is in its details - the angular lower edge of the rear window mirrors the line of the vertically mounted tail lights, the detail of the new Citan reflecting the expert hand of Mercedes-Benz designers. The new Citan is a compelling urban delivery van with a unique appearance and fits seamlessly into the portfolio alongside the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Vito vans.
The broad choice of high-torque engines can meet everyone's expectations and preferences - turbodiesel direct-injection engines with outputs from 75 hp to 110 hp and supercharged petrol engine generating 114 hp. Five and six-speed transmissions with a joystick gearshift positioned within easy reach on the centre console transmit power to the front wheels. Transporting a precious shipment we shouldn't forget about the car's handling, that's why the Citan delivers a combination of driving dynamics, agility and ride comfort. The Direct-Steer system is accurate and sensitive, while the suspension, damping and stabilizer bars have been carefully attuned to each other. Another trademark of the new Citan is its economical maintenance - 40,000 km (or 2 years) service intervals are quite long to save your time and money. The economical drive system together with the standard electrohydraulic steering, a gearshift indicator as standard allow to reduce the fuel consumption to the minimum and adopt an economical driving style.