A few months ago, you were able to discover the third generation of Renault Kangoo Van, the small utility par excellence signed by the firm at the Losange which, for the occasion, has offered itself an interesting upgrade. Who says Kangoo also says Mercedes Citan, and he too has the right to a new version, a new version that the star firm has just officially presented to us.
And unlike the previous generation, the Citan was developed jointly with the French manufacturer. Manufactured in the Maubeuge factory, the Mercedes small van is distinguished by a front face different from the Kangoo, with the aesthetic codes of the classic range. In profile, no doubt, it’s a utility. From behind, he can no longer hide his filiation with the Kangoo for long.
Initially, the Citan is offered in a short version with a length of 4.50 meters and a wheelbase of 2.71 meters. The utility version can accommodate in the rear two Europallets and its maximum volume can reach up to 2.9 m3.
Mercedes announces a loading length of up to 3.05 meters with a movable swivel partition and a folding front seat. The Citan, with the increased payload option, can take up to 782 kilos (700 kilos without the option). The towed load can go up to 1.5 tonnes for the thermal versions.
In addition to the utility version, which will be imported into France, there will also be the derivative VP, but which will not be offered in France. We will have the right to the Class T version, more chic, which will be available from next year. The Mercedes Citan Tourer, that’s the name of the VP derivative, has three real seats in the rear and rather easy access thanks to the sliding doors.
As this Citan was also developed jointly with Mercedes and not only by Renault, the engineers of the German brand have added some specificities to the suspensions of the Tourer version in order to have driving sensations more in line with the Mercedes philosophy.
The joint work between Mercedes and Renault for these new Kangoo and Citan is felt inside, with a significant move upmarket for both products. The older generations were developed almost exclusively by Renault, with a rather spartan interior build quality. Nevertheless, we remain in the utility sector, where hard plastics are legion.
We still find some elements that echo the more classic Mercedes, such as the air vents inspired by the compact range, or the steering wheel borrowed from the Class A. The good news is that we find, as standard, the MBUX infotainment system with voice assistant. Failing to have neat finishes like the classic range, the Citan benefits from on-board electronics clearly at the.
Under the hood, it’s 100% Renault for heat engines, with two diesel 95 and 116 horses. The first offer achieves CO emissions2 relatively contained at 131 g / km. A gasoline engine of 131 horses will also be available, while a 100% electric version (and without compromising on volume and payload) will be added to the catalog in the first half of 2022.
The Mercedes eCitan, that’s its name, will benefit from an engine of 102 horses and a battery with a capacity of 44 kWh for an announced autonomy of 285 kilometers according to the WLTP cycle. Mercedes offers an on-board charger of 11 kW as standard and a second of 22 kW as an option. The battery can accept 75 kW direct current, allowing it to go from 10 to 80% in just 40 minutes.
Mercedes will open orders for its Citan in mid-September for deliveries starting at the end of October. It is on this date that we will know the prices, prices expected around 20 000 euros HT. Then the eCitan will arrive in 2022 and will be followed by the long version VU, the T-Class and the EQT.