The new second-generation Mercedes-Benz Citan, which was unveiled ahead of its German market launch next month, will be the latest Mercedes-Benz Vans model to offer a combustion engine option.
Paired with the Renault Kangoo and available as a minivan or Tourer minivan, the Citan will cost less than € 20,000 (£ 17,100) in its most basic form, but will soon spawn a premium version for passenger transport called T-Class, as a bold styled concept envisioned earlier this year.
The small van has been significantly redesigned to align it more clearly with Mercedes’ passenger car lineup. The company highlights the vehicle’s “muscular shoulders” and “striking wheel arches” as stand-out features, but stresses that ease of use remains the top priority.
The standard version is 4,498mm long, offering a 3,050mm long cargo bay in the van variant, but short and extended wheelbase options will follow, including a Mixto variant with a half-cargo, half-passenger format.
Two trim levels are available from launch, Base and Pro, with Mercedes promising “comfort and convenience systems familiar from passenger cars”. However, both versions will remain utility-focused to keep the distance from the higher-end T-Class and electric EQT expected next year.
Combustion engine options include a familiar lineup of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder units, ranging from 74bhp to 129bhp, the latter of which we sampled in a pre-production prototype earlier this year.
The all-electric eCitan will launch in late 2022 with an expected range of 177 miles and a 10-80% charge time of 40 minutes. Further details on its powertrain have not been confirmed, but it is highly likely that it uses the same 101 hp engine and the same 44 kWh battery as its brother Renault.
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This notice was published: 2021-08-25 12:01:24