The Mercedes-Benz Citan urban van has been revealed ahead of its unveiling at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover in September and its Australian launch in mid 2013.
The Citan is the first vehicle to emerge from the partnership between Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler and the Renault-Nissan alliance. It shares components with the Renault Kangoo, and will be produced alongside the Kangoo at Renault’s Maubeuge plant in France.
Globally, the Citan will be offered in three different lengths – 3.94m, 4.32m and 4.71m – and in three model variants – a panel van, a five-seat ‘Mixto’ based on the extra-long body, and the five-seater Crewbus with the extra-long body and a longer wheelbase.
Mercedes-Benz Australia’s David McCarthy confirmed the brand is considering two lengths and two heights of the Citan for our market, but said with the launch still around 12 months away it was too early to say exactly what models we would get.
McCarthy said a five-seat version to rival the Volkswagen Caddy Life appeared unlikely for our market at this stage, with the local brand more focused on making Citan a success in the commercial vehicle segment.
The global Citan powertrain line-up includes three diesel engines – ranging from 55kW to 81kW – along with a forced-induction petrol engine with 84kW (Mercedes-Benz’s official press release says it is a supercharged engine, although McCarthy told CarAdvice he believe it is actually a turbocharged unit).
Australia will get the petrol engine and one diesel tune, although the output of the latter is yet to be determined. Mercedes has not revealed specific performance details, but promises both engines will offer “outstanding economy”. The petrol engine is teamed with BlueEfficiency technology (stop-start engine, low rolling-resistance tyres, etc.) as standard, while those features are optional in the diesels.
All models will be equipped with electronic stability control, daytime running lights, seatbelt reminders and a driver airbag, while the Crewbus variant gets six airbags (dual front, side-thorax and front-window bags).
Customers can option in a folding passenger seat to enlarge the load compartment, and choose from various door and window configurations. Available accessories include roof racks, carrier systems and load compartment tubs.