Mercedes-Benz Citan revealed
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23rd May, 2012
- Choice of three lengths and three model variants
- Comprehensive safety equipment
- A range of BlueEFFICIENCY engines
- Options allow the Citan to be adapted to customer requirements
With compact dimensions, making it especially suitable for city use, the Mercedes-Benz portfolio of vans features a
dedicated delivery vehicle for the urban environment. With its quality and driving dynamics, exemplary safety and
economy, and high level of versatility and robustness, the new Mercedes-Benz Citan is a professional urban delivery
Choice of three lengths and three model variants
Due to its versatility and adaptability, the new Mercedes-Benz Citan fulfils a broad range of commercial applications.
Based on a panel van, 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 2,200 kilogrammes.
As an alternative to the standard rear doors, Mercedes-Benz will be supplying the Citan with a wide-opening tailgate.
Optional roof rails boost flexibility as does the optional ladder hatch for the panel van to facilitate the
transportation of extra-long items.
Comprehensive safety equipment
As is the case with Mercedes-Benz vehicles, safety plays a big role in the new Citan. The urban delivery van comes
with the Electronic Stability Programme 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). It also
includes ASR® (acceleration skid control) and drive and braking torque control.
Up to six airbags onboard as standard
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. Amongst other standard features,
the Citan crew bus (with M1 homologation) additionally has a front passenger airbag, thorax
side bags and window bags for
the driver and front passenger.
In the panel van, a full partition wall protects the driver and front passenger from loads sliding or tipping over.
There are rings in the rear for securing the load. A plastic floor covering and partial trim prevent items with sharp
edges from damaging the body in the load compartment.
Characteristic brand look with prominent radiator grille
The Mercedes-Benz Citan is instantly recognisable as a Mercedes-Benz thanks to the vehicle’s characteristic brand
look. Providing the brand signature, the chromed star is self-assuredly set against the prominent radiator grille with
three sporty perforated louvres. The Mercedes-Benz Citan’s headlamps and the pronounced V-shape to the bonnet with its
clearly defined edges are equally striking.
The trapezoidal shape of the air intake in the bumper emphasises width and the powerful impression made by the Citan.
Again, this feature is one of the brand’s typical style elements at the present time, from the latest Mercedes-Benz cars
in the compact class through to the new Actros.
A distinctive tail end styled in detail
Also emphasising width, 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. On variants with rear 'barn'
doors, the number plate is affixed on the wider, left-hand side of the asymmetric doors. When buyers order their
Mercedes-Benz Citan with a tailgate, the number plate is positioned centrally.
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.
Equipped to a high standard for ergonomic and comfortable working
Just as distinctive, the interior of the new Mercedes-Benz Citan is equipped to a high standard. Both the driver and
front passenger benefit from equally firm, comfortably padded seats. The form-fitting shape of the backrests provides
lateral support, thereby ensuring comfort and safety. Drawing on the brand’s typical design idiom, the fabric cover on
the seats is skin-friendly and breathable, as well as easy to care for and durable.
As powerful and striking as the exterior of the new Citan, the instrument panel is designed around the driver. The
surface has a fake leather-look grain.
Citan drivers will recognise the familiar star on the steering wheel: whilst the combination switches, gearknob,
light switches and keys on the instrument panel all meet Mercedes-Benz’s usual standards for the driver’s area in terms
of lay out, look and function. Trim over the glove compartment enhances the interior further.
Focus on functionality
The Citan is all about meeting the challenges faced in day-to-day operations. Functional features include a large
glove compartment, a stowage compartment between the front seats and a useful overhead stowage compartment across the
entire width of the windscreen to accommodate all those items that drivers keep on hand on a daily basis. The practical,
standard equipment for the new Citan includes a height-adjustable steering wheel, central locking with remote control and
exterior mirrors which can be adjusted from inside.
Engines covering all requirements
The choice of engines is broad. Three high-torque, turbodiesel direct-injection engines with outputs from 55 kW (75
hp) to 81 kW (110 hp) and a nippy, supercharged petrol engine generating 84 kW (114 PS) cover all standard requirements.
All the diesel engines have a particulate filter as standard. Five and six-speed transmissions with a joystick gearshift
positioned within easy reach on the centre console transmit power to the front wheels.
Handling: safe and smooth
The developers of the Mercedes-Benz Citan have paid particular attention to ensuring that the handling is as expected
of the brand, delivering a combination of driving dynamics, agility and ride comfort. The Direct-Steer system is accurate
and sensitive, while the suspension, damping and stabiliser bars have been carefully attuned to each other.
Whether empty or loaded, the new Citan is a bona fide Mercedes-Benz, offering precision, driving safety and the smooth
handling that drivers are accustomed to from the Sprinter and Vito.
Economical thanks to low fuel consumption
Outstanding economy is another trademark of the new Citan. In addition to long service intervals of up to 40,000 km or
two years, this extends to fuel consumption. Factors here are the economical drive system together with the standard
A gearshift indicator as standard helps drivers of the new Citan to adopt an economical driving style. Fleet operators
are able to increase the efficiency of the new Citan still further by way of speed limitation set ex-factory.
BlueEFFICIENCY package reduces consumption further
The petrol-engined Citan comes with a BlueEFFICIENCY package as standard, which is optional for the diesel versions.
Amongst other features this includes the ECO start/stop function, battery and generator management, plus optimised low
rolling resistance tyres depending on the variant which again reduce fuel consumption.
Options allow the Citan to be adapted fully to customer requirements
Thanks to a range of individualisation options, the new Mercedes-Benz Citan can be tailored with ease to a
customer-specific deployment scenario. In addition to safety and comfort options, there are choices from numerous
Different partition systems, a folding front passenger seat to enlarge the load compartment, various door and window
configurations and load compartment trim options are just a selection from the extensive range. Accessories that can be
supplied ex-factory include roof racks, carrier systems and load-compartment tubs. As an alternative to individual
options, Citan buyers have access to various special packages.
The new Mercedes-Benz Citan is turning out to be a true transport professional in every detail. Special
superstructures made by bodybuilders can be adapted to the vehicle technology with the help of a special interface and a
parameterisable special module.
Origins and release
The Mercedes-Benz Citan is the result of collaboration between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Mercedes-Benz.
Other products and transactions have already been announced in relation to this mutually beneficial 'deal'.
The Citan will be released in Europe in the third quarter this year. An Australian release is expected during