2022 Mercedes-Benz Citan: The Best New Small Van Segment

Compact external dimensions are combined with a spacious interior and large cargo space. New Citan can be configured in a number of ways and used for city delivery and services.

This vehicle is available as both a van and a Tourer. Sliding doors that open wide on the left and right of the Citan, as well as a low loading threshold (optional) allow easy access to the interior and easy loading. In turn, passengers will be able to enjoy comfortable seats on Citan Tourer.

In addition to high functionality and flexibility, this vehicle provides complete safety equipment and high driving comfort. The new compact Van Citan will be available from mid-September 2021.

The new Citan design is distinguished by its balanced body proportions. Muscular shoulders and wheel arches emphasize the strength and traction of the vehicle. At first glance it is clear that the car belongs to the Mercedes-Benz family.

Inside, the horizontal shape of the dashboard attracts particular attention. The arch is inspired by the wing profile for designer Mercedes-Benz. A consistent horizontal formation is the key here. The narrow wings extend across the interior and give it a sense of space. A set of instruments is separated from it. The gaps between them are filled with practical compartments for practical accessories.

Multiple uses and convenient loading

The new Citan combines compact exterior dimensions (length: 4,498 mm) with ample interior space. Thanks to the many different versions and practical details of the equipment, it offers many possibilities for use and convenient loading. This model will be launched in the market as a van and Tourer.

The next variant with a long wheelbase will follow, as will the Mixto version. Even in the variant with a short wheelbase (2,716 mm), the new Citan offers significantly more space than its predecessor – for example, in the van, the cargo area length is 3.05 meters (for the version with movable partition walls).

The new Citan is available with a maximum of two pairs of sliding doors. They provide wide openings – measuring 615 millimeters – on both sides of the vehicle. The height of the loading hatch is 1059 millimeters (both numbers refer to ground clearance). The cargo compartment is also easy to reach at the back: the van’s load threshold is 59 cm.

The two rear door wings can be locked at 90 degrees and even tilted up to 180 degrees to the side of the vehicle. The door is asymmetrical – the left leaf is wider, therefore it must be opened first. Optionally, the van can also be ordered with a rear door with heated windows and wipers. A tailgate is available on request, which also includes these two features.

The Tourer comes standard with a window tailgate. Alternatively, it is also available with a back door. The rear seats can be folded in a ratio of 1/3 to 2/3. Multiple storage compartments facilitate everyday use of the New Citan.

In addition to a fixed partition wall (available with and without glass) between the driver’s cabin and the cargo area, the new Citan panel van is also available with a folding version. If long items need to be transported, the passenger side grille can be rotated 90 degrees, then folded up towards the driver’s seat and locked.

The passenger seat, in turn, can be folded down to create a flat surface. The protective grille is made of steel and is used to protect the driver and pilot from uncontrolled movement of the load.

The car is also equipped with comfort and ease-of-use enhancement systems known from passenger cars, such as Thermotronic automatic air conditioning, Keyless-Go start function and electric parking brake.

Van and Tourer panels will be available in the Base and Pro trim lines. In the case of the Base line, the customer receives a functional base variant with all the necessary basic equipment. The Pro line combines a representative design with added functionality.

Modern and economical engine

At market launch, the New Citan engine lineup will consist of three diesel models and two petrol models. Their general advantages are good driving properties even at low revs and economy.

For better acceleration for example when overtaking, the 85 kW diesel version for the panel van is equipped with an overpower/overtorque function. This allows you to briefly recall up to 89 kW of power and 295 Nm of torque.

Electric version of eCitan

The electric eCitan will launch in the second half of 2022. The all-electric variant of the Citan will join the Mercedes-Benz Vans electric van portfolio along with the eVito and eSprinter. The expected range will be around 285 kilometers.

According to the assumptions at the fast charging station, it takes 40 minutes to charge the battery from 10 to 80 percent. Importantly, in terms of cargo space dimensions, payload and equipment availability, customers do not need to make any concessions compared to vehicles with conventional engines. Even a crane bar will be available for eCitan.

Complete safety equipment

In terms of safety, the driving and parking assistance system, supported by radar and ultrasonic sensors and cameras, monitors traffic and surroundings, and can warn or intervene if needed. As in the new generation C-Class and S-Class, Active Lane Keeping Assist works by intervening with the steering wheel.

In addition to the legally required ABS and ESP systems, the new Citan models are equipped as standard with Hill Start Assist, Side Wind Assist, Attention Assist Fatigue Alert and Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call System.

The help system of the Citan Tourer is even more complicated. Standard features of this model include Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, and Speed ‚Äč‚ÄčLimit Assist with traffic sign detection.

Many other driving assistance systems are available upon request, including Active Distance Assist Distronic, which can take over automatically when driving in traffic jams, and Active Steering Assist, which helps drivers keep the Citan in the middle of the lane.

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