New Citan Van from Mercedes Benz
|   Friday, July 20, 2012
Mercedes Benz may be renowned for its luxury cars, but the German manufacturer has always been known for diversifying into various other categories. After partnering with Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Mercedes is focusing heavily on light commercial vehicles (LCV) or otherwise knows as vans. The Mercedes Benz vans include the likes of the Vito and the Sprinter, and the new Citan is certainly at the top of the bunch.
Mercedes partnered with Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance in 2010, after somewhat disappointing market performance in the LCV market, disappointing for Mercedes standards, anyway. This teaming up has certainly worked well so far.

The new Citan resembles to a certain extent a recently released A-Class. The bonnet and the bumper differentiate the Citan from Renault's Kangoo, but the pillar parts are almost identical to that of the French manufacturer. The interior resembles Kangoo as well, but still includes some exclusive Mercedes looks, such as the round air vents and the dashboard. Citan is available in three different lengths – 3.94 metres, 4.32 metres, and 4.71 metres. There is a turbocharged diesel version with a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter), which can generate from 74 to 109 hp, and also a supercharged petrol version with 113 hp. All models are front wheel drives, powered by either five or six speed transmissions. Its Direct Steer System allows a highly accurate and sensitive steering, and handling in general is very smooth.

Much like many other Mercedes Benz cars, the petrol version of the new Citan comes with the famous Blue EFFICIENCY package, which includes the ECO-Start (and Stop) function, battery and generator management, and optimised low rolling resistance tyres. But fear not diesel fans. This package will be also available for diesel models as an optional extra. Moreover, the highly impressive Mercedes' Adaptive Electronic Stability Program (ESP)is included in all Citan models, and it adapts to the load constantly to help the driver keep control of the van. Just like with recently released new Mercedes A-class, safety for the German manufacturer is priority.

The new Citan has everything that one expects from a Mercedes Benz vehicle. The LCV market was perhaps one of the few areas where Mercedes Benz has struggled in the past. However, by teaming up with the likes of Renault, the brand which has done particularly well in this category, Mercedes Benz may increase their presence in this market as well.
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