The previous Mercedes-Benz Citan wasn’t offered in the Irish market but the all-new model will go on sale here in mid-May.
Boasting a sharp new design and a stylish interior, it is expected that electric models will follow later in 2023.
Mercedes-Benz vehicles are renowned for their exacting safety credentials and premium specifications. The Citan is no exception, with standard specifications including Reverse Camera; Attention Assist, which detects drowsiness in the driver and encourages them to take breaks when tired; and Hill-Start ASSIST to prevent rolling back. You will also find no fewer than 6 airbags as standard in the Citan.
There will also be an optional Active Brake Assist, an emergency breakdown assistance call button and optional speed limiters available. In addition; Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Assist can all be specified as options.
The Citan also includes anti-theft protection in the form of double locks and an integrated alarm system.
‘Mercedes me’ connectivity as standard means that real-time vehicle data can be accessed remotely via a smartphone app to help optimise uptime, safety and security. Features include over-the-air software updates, access to vehicle monitoring in the event of theft. Fuel levels, mileage and remote door-locking functionality can also be checked via the app.
Multimedia functions, including a seven-inch touch screen and a multimedia system with smartphone integration via Android Auto or Apple Carplay are standard features on all Citan trim lines.
Both L1 and L2 versions of the Citan will be powered by the same 1.5-litre diesel engine, with 2 power outputs available – 110CDI 95hp/260Nm torque & 112CDI 116hp/270Nm torque. Depending on spec, the Citan promises to deliver WLTP combined fuel economy of up to 54.3 mpg, helped by the ECO start/stop function. Drive is to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or optional seven-speed automatic transmission. Fully electric eCitan variants, with zero tailpipe emissions, will follow at a later date.
The Citan L1 has a load length of 1,806 mm and a payload capability of 627 kg. Both are rated to tow trailers up to a maximum gross train weight of 3,500 kg.
“In the new Citan, van operators have a vehicle that exemplifies all the renowned Mercedes-Benz virtues of reliability, safety and cost-effective performance, backed by a national network of dedicated dealers who provide the highest standards of customer care. It’s much more than just a great small van, though. The services available through ‘Mercedes me’ once again demonstrate that we’re dedicated to supporting our customers by doing all we can to keep their businesses moving,” Mercedes-Benz Commercials boasted.
The new Citan was named the joint winner of the International Van of the Year title for 2022. Prices and exact specifications will be announce closer to the mid-May Irish launch.