Mercedes reveals new Citan small van

All-new second-generation Citan replaces 2012 original

Mercedes-Benz has released the first details of its new Citan van, replacing the original model that dates back to 2012.

Like the first-generation Citan, the new model is based on the Renault Kangoo – in this case, the all-new Kangoo first unveiled last November. Mercedes has only released information relating to left-hand-drive (LHD) variants so far, and will povide further details of right-hand-drive (RHD) models closer to the UK launch.

The new Citan range will include two wheelbase options and a crew van, as well as a Tourer passenger carrying model. First to reach the market will be the short wheelbase model with a load area of 2.9m3 (VDA).

Asymmetric unglazed rear doors and sliding side doors will give access to the load space, with a rear tailgate as an alternative to the asymmetric doors. The rear doors will open to either 90 or 180 degrees. Glazing for the back doors will be offered as an option.

Expect a payload between 318kg and 782kg according to model. Roof bars will offer additional load carrying capacity and the Citan will be able to tow braked trailers up to 1,500kg.

A series of option packs are available for LHD models, while full details of those offered with RHD models are yet to come. Safety and driver assistance systems are likely to include rear parking sensors and a reversing camera,  while maintenance management and automatic service bookings are also possible features.

A dedicated mobile app could include features such as remote door locking and unlocking and vehicle tracking. Software updates and updates for other systems could also be provided remotely.

A number of petrol and diesel engines will be available ahead of the launch of electric versions, which are expected next year. Left hand drive models will be available with three diesel and two petrol engines.

Diesel engines will include 75hp, 95hp and 116hp common-rail diesels based on the Renault 1.5-litre diesels that power the current range. These will be badged 108 CDI, 110CDI and 112 CDI respectively. 102hp and 131hp petrol engines will also be available to LHD customers, badged 110 and 113.

Since petrol engines are not available for the current model, it is not clear what will be offered for the new model. Petrol and diesel models will be fitted with automatic stop/start systems. Standard transmission will be a six-speed manual gearbox with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission offered for the most powerful engines.

A 75kW (102hp) electric motor with maximum torque of 245Nm will power electric models. The 44kWh battery pack will be fitted under the load floor. AC and DC rapid charging will be offered and on a full charge, the electric Citan will cover up to 177 miles.

The Van Expert will bring further details of the UK specification when it is available.

John Kendall
Began working for a motor industry consultancy in 1988 before moving into automotive journalism in 1990. Freelance since 2001. Chairman of the UK-based Guild of Motoring Writers in 2006-7.

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