In addition to the medium and large Sprinter and Vito vans, Mercedes has been present in the small van class with the Citan model for many years. The new Citan, in addition to numerous improvements, will also be the last to be powered by internal combustion engines, because all future development will be available exclusively with electric drive. The new Citan will arrive in Serbia at the end of this year.
The design of the new Mercedes-Benz Citano is characterized by unusual stylish elements for a small van. The hips and edges around the wheels are highlighted, and the front has got a face that is now in line with other new models from Mercedes-Benz.
Citan has compact external dimensions (length: 4,498 mm), but with a generous amount of space inside. It will be presented on the market as Panel Ven (Van) and Tourer.
Later there will be more variants with a long wheelbase, as well as the Mixto version. But even in the short wheelbase variant (2,716 mm), the Citan offers much more space compared to the previous model - for example, on a van, the length of the luggage space is 3.05 meters (with a flexible partition wall).
The capacity of the Citan Van is up to 2.9 m3, according to the VDA standard. The two euro palaces intersect one after the other in the luggage compartment. Traction capacity is 1.5 tons.
Sliding doors are a practical feature, especially in narrow parking spaces. The new Citan is available with a maximum of two sliding doors. They offer a wide opening on both sides of the vehicle measuring 615 millimeters. The height of the boot opening is 1,059 mm.
And at the rear, the luggage compartment is easily accessible: the loading sill in the Van variant is at a height of 59 cm.
Meanwhile, the two parts of the rear door can be locked at an angle of 90 degrees and can even be moved 180 degrees towards the sides of the vehicle. The door is asymmetrical, with the left door being higher and must be opened first. Optionally, the van can also be ordered with a rear door with heated windows and a windscreen wiper. On request, available with a tailgate that equally contains these two pieces of equipment.
The Tourer variant already comes standard with a rear door with a window. Alternatively, it is available with the rear door closed. The rear bench can be folded in a ratio of 1/3 to 2/3. Versatile storage space and compartments make everyday use of the Citan easier.
Engines on offer
At launch, the new Citan's engine range consists of three 1.5 diesel engines and two 1.3 petrol models. Gasoline variants will be offered with 102 and 131 hp, and diesel with 75, 96 and 116 hp. In addition to the six-speed manual transmission, the most powerful diesel and petrol models are also available with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) 2.
The electric eCitan will be introduced in the second half of 2022. This variant of the model will expand the portfolio of commercially powered electric vehicles, along with eVit and eSprinter. The range is expected to be around 285 km according to the WLTP methodology.
Like its big brother Sprinter, the new Citan can optionally be equipped with an MBUX infotainment system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). Also, there are many state-of-the-art assistance systems.
In addition to the legally required ABS and ESP systems, the new Citan models are also equipped with Hill Start Assist, Crosswind Assist, Attention Assist and Mercedes-Benz Emergency calls in standard equipment. The assistance systems on the Citan Tourer model are even more extensive: in this model, Active Brake Assist, Actrive Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Speed Limit Assist with traffic sign detection are standard equipment to provide additional assistance to the driver.
The price of the new Citan will be known when this model arrives on the Serbian market at the end of the year. For now, only approximate prices have been published in Germany, which are slightly above 20,000 euros.