The all-new Mercedes-Benz Citan has made its debut, with the commercial-vehicle arm of the German manufacturer revealing two variants – a panel van and Tourer – of its compact van.
Said Marcus Breitschwerdt, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, “The new Citan will round off our [van] portfolio. It was entirely re-developed by professionals for professionals.”
The new version of the Three-pointed Star’s compact van measures 4 498 mm long, 1 859 mm wide and 1 932 mm tall. The rear doors can be blocked at an angle of 90 degrees and moved through 180 degrees which, together with a loading height of 590 mm, grants easy access to the (up to) 2.9 dm3 load compartment. The new Citan can be equipped with up to two sliding doors. Towing capacity is rated at 1.5 tonnes.
At launch, the new Citan panel van will be available with the option of three diesel and two petrol engines. Mercedes does, however, plan to launch an electric version – the eCitan – in the second half of 2022. The shared strengths of the internal combustion motors, Mercedes says, are great driveability and economical fuel consumption values.
The CDI variants are all powered by a 1,5-litre four-cylinder oil-burner, available in various states of tune. The 108 CDI produces 55 kW and 230 N.m, the 110 CDI 70 kW and 260 N.m, and the 112 CDI 85 kW and 270 N.m. The latter diesel engine features an overboost function which, for a brief period, increases power and torque to 89 kW and 295 N.m.
The duo of petrol variants are equipped with a 1,4-litre inline-four mill which, in the Citan 110, produces 75 kW and 200 N.m of torque, the latter available from a lowly 1 500 r/min in the rev range. The most powerful Citan’s – the 113 – petrol motor produces 96 kW and 240 N.m. The Citan Tourer is available in only 110 CDI, 110 and 113 guise.