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New Mercedes-Benz Citan unveiled





Mercedes-Benz has revealed its all-new Citan compact van, including an electric eCitan.

The vehicle, which shares a platform with the new Renault Kangoo, will go on sale in early 2022.

Two wheelbase versions will be offered, alongside a passenger carrying Tourer with five or seven seats.

UK specifications and pricing have yet to be decided, but Mercedes will offer the new van with a range of petrol and diesel engines, plus a fully electric powertrain.

Like the Kangoo, there’s a choice of three diesel models with 75, 95 or 116PS and two petrols (102PS and 131PS). All versions are equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, while a seven-speed automatic will also be available.

The eCitan uses a 44kWh battery, giving a range of around 175 miles. It will support 75kW rapid charging, enabling a 10%-80% charge in 40 minutes.

Mercedes says the panel van provides a load space of up to 2.9 cubic metres and has a maximum payload of 782Kg. A long-wheelbase version will be added to the range at a later date.

The new Citan is available with up to two sliding doors. They offer a wide opening on both sides of the vehicle measuring 615mm. The height of the load compartment opening is 1,059mm. The two sections of the rear doors can be blocked at an angle of 90 degrees and can be moved through 180 degrees to the sides of the vehicle. The doors are asymmetrical, whereby the left-hand door is wider and has to be opened first. As an option, the Panel Van can also be ordered with rear doors featuring heated windows and a windscreen wiper. Upon request, a tailgate is also available which equally features these two items of equipment.

A fixed bulkhead is available with or without a window, while a folding variant is also available. This option was available on the predecessor model and has since been further optimised. If long objects need transporting, this grille on the co-driver’s side can be folded in the direction of the driver’s seat and locked in place. The co-driver’s seat can be folded to create a level surface.

The eCitan will offer the same load space and carrying capacity as the petrol or diesel variants.

To differentiate the Citan from its Kangoo stablemate, Mercedes-Benz has restyled the front bumper and interior. The new Citan will feature the Mercedes MBUX infotainment system and utilise Mercedes Me connected services.

A suite of driver assistance systems can also be specified, including adaptive cruise control and active steering assist.

More details on the specification and UK pricing is expected in early 2022.

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