New Citan van to deliver for Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has just taken the covers off its new compact urban delivery van, called the Citan, at a special press preview.

The new Citan will not be unveiled to the public until the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover in September. It is designed to round off its family of goods delivery vehicles and will take its place alongside its larger Vito and Sprinter stablemates when it arrives here at the end of this year.

Characteristically for Mercedes-Benz, the Citan has a pronounced V-shaped bonnet, bold headlamps, and robust radiator grille highlighted by a bold Mercedes star motif.

Representing the German maker’s first foray into the compact city van market, it will come in a choice of three lengths, 3.94m, 4.32m and 4.71m, and three model variants, standard van, combined five-seater van/crew carrier, and five-seater 'Mixto' people carrier (or MPV ). Depending on model choice, it will have three different gross vehicle weights up to a maximum 2,200kgs.

Power will be provided by a range of low consumption engines - three direct-injection, high-torque, turbo-diesels with outputs from 55kW (75bhp ) to 81kW (110bhp ), and a nippy, supercharged petrol unit generating 84kW (114bhp ). Fuel saving BlueEfficiency is standard on petrol models which will not figure in Ireland, but it is also optional on diesels.

Long service intervals of up to 40,000km or two years apply. Front wheel drive, it has five and six-speed transmission systems. Other items include an ECO start/stop function, electro-hydraulic steering, and a gearshift indicator to help drivers adopt an economical style.

Describing the Citan as “the van that the market has been waiting for”, Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles sales manager Fergus Conheady said: “Thanks to a policy of tagging competitive pricing to low consumption, it is expected that the Citan will be a potent competitor in the high-volume compact segment when first models arrive on Irish streets.”

Set to fulfill a broad range of commercial applications, the Citan's safety equipment includes up to six airbags as standard, an adaptive electronic stability feature, anti-locking braking, vehicle dynamic control that counters over/under steer, traction control, and acceleration skid control.

Other standard goodies include start-off assist, daytime running lamps, height-adjustable seat belts, driver/front passenger belt tensioners and belt force limiters, seat belt reminder, and driver airbag. A direct-steer system delivers a combination of driving dynamics, agility and ride comfort.

Cabin interior features include firmly padded seats with form-fitting backrests - all covered with easy-care, durable, skin-friendly and breathable coverings - and a leather-like instrument panel surface. Functional elements include a large glove box, front centre stowage compartment, and a useful overhead stowage area across the entire width of the windscreen.

Standard items include a height-adjustable steering wheel, remote central locking and internally-adjustable exterior mirrors. Load area features include a full partition wall, load securing rings, plastic floor covering and body-protecting trim, and the option of standard rear-end doors or wide opening tailgate.

Functional extras include different partition systems, a folding front passenger seat to enlarge the load compartment, various door and window configurations, and load compartmMercedes-Benz has just taken the covers off its new compact urban delivery van, called the Citan, at a special press preview.

The new Citan will not be unveiled to the public until the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover in September. It is designed to round off its family of goods delivery vehicles and will take its place alongside its larger Vito and Sprinter stablemates when it arrives here at the end of this year.

Characteristically for Mercedes-Benz, the Citan has a pronounced V-shaped bonnet, bold headlamps, and robust radiator grille highlighted by a bold Mercedes star motif.

Representing the German maker’s first foray into the compact city van market, it will come in a choice of three lengths, 3.94m, 4.32m and 4.71m, and three model variants, standard van, combined five-seater van/crew carrier, and five-seater 'Mixto' people carrier (or MPV ). Depending on model choice, it will have three different gross vehicle weights up to a maximum 2,200kgs.

Power will be provided by a range of low consumption engines - three direct-injection, high-torque, turbo-diesels with outputs from 55kW (75bhp ) to 81kW (110bhp ), and a nippy, supercharged petrol unit generating 84kW (114bhp ). Fuel saving BlueEfficiency is standard on petrol models which will not figure in Ireland, but it is also optional on diesels.

Long service intervals of up to 40,000km or two years apply. Front wheel drive, it has five and six-speed transmission systems. Other items include an ECO start/stop function, electro-hydraulic steering, and a gearshift indicator to help drivers adopt an economical style.

Describing the Citan as “the van that the market has been waiting for”, Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles sales manager Fergus Conheady said: “Thanks to a policy of tagging competitive pricing to low consumption, it is expected that the Citan will be a potent competitor in the high-volume compact segment when first models arrive on Irish streets.”

Set to fulfill a broad range of commercial applications, the Citan's safety equipment includes up to six airbags as standard, an adaptive electronic stability feature, anti-locking braking, vehicle dynamic control that counters over/under steer, traction control, and acceleration skid control.

Other standard goodies include start-off assist, daytime running lamps, height-adjustable seat belts, driver/front passenger belt tensioners and belt force limiters, seat belt reminder, and driver airbag. A direct-steer system delivers a combination of driving dynamics, agility and ride comfort.

Cabin interior features include firmly padded seats with form-fitting backrests - all covered with easy-care, durable, skin-friendly and breathable coverings - and a leather-like instrument panel surface. Functional elements include a large glove box, front centre stowage compartment, and a useful overhead stowage area across the entire width of the windscreen.

Standard items include a height-adjustable steering wheel, remote central locking and internally-adjustable exterior mirrors. Load area features include a full partition wall, load securing rings, plastic floor covering and body-protecting trim, and the option of standard rear-end doors or wide opening tailgate.

Functional extras include different partition systems, a folding front passenger seat to enlarge the load compartment, various door and window configurations, and load compartment trim options. Ex-factory accessories include roof racks, carrier systems and load-compartment tubs.

The Mercedes- Benz Citan van is the first vehicle to result from two years cooperation with Renault-Nissan alliance, which aimed to reduce costs. The Citan shares technology with the Renault Kangoo and will go on sale around the same time.

ent trim options. Ex-factory accessories include roof racks, carrier systems and load-compartment tubs.

The Mercedes- Benz Citan van is the first vehicle to result from two years cooperation with Renault-Nissan alliance, which aimed to reduce costs. The Citan shares technology with the Renault Kangoo and will go on sale around the same time.

 

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