Story: COLIN DAWSON
Mercedes-Benz’s new small van – the Citan – is due in UK showrooms in 2013. Three Citan models will be available – Panel Van, Dualiner and Traveliner. Despite assertions that it’s a true Mercedes‑Benz, the Citan is based on the Renault Kangoo.
The two-seater Panel Van model will be available in Compact (3.9m), Long (4.3m) and Extra Long (4.7m) variants. Respective load capacities will be 2.4cu m, 3.1cu m and 3.8cu m, and payloads are 490kg, 590-775kg and 795-810kg.
The Dualiner is based on the Extra Long model. It’s equipped with glazed sliding doors and offers a versatile seating arrangement allowing it to carry up to five crew with a rear bench seat which, depending on specification, can be folded to offer a combination of space for one, two, or three rear passengers. The front passenger seat can also be folded, allowing extra-long items to be carried. Load capacity is 2.4-3.7cu m.
The Traveliner also offers the folding rear seat arrangement with space for five crew. The sidewalls of the Traveliner are completely glazed and the standard version also has a glazed tailgate with a wiper and washer system. Folding tables with an integrated cup holder are available as an option.
The load compartment cover in the Citan Traveliner can be fastened in two horizontal positions or fixed to the backrest of the bench seat for storage. Six load securing rings are located in the floor. Load capacity is 0.7-3.0cu m.
The Citan is available with a range of three 1.5-litre turbodiesel direct-injection Mercedes-Benz OM 607 units with different power outputs: Citan 108 CDI (75hp/180Nm torque); Citan 109 CDI (90hp/200Nm torque); and Citan 111 CDI (110hp/240Nm torque). The range is complemented by a turbocharged M 200.71 1.2-litre petrol engine – Citan 112 (114hp/190Nm torque).
The Citan 108 and 109 diesel models come with five-speed manual gearboxes; the diesel 111 and the petrol engine variants are equipped with six-speed manual transmission.
Official combined fuel consumption figures range from 56.5mpg for the Citan 109 CDI Extra Long, to 65.73mpg for the Citan 109 CDI (Long) with BlueEFFICIENCY. CO2 emissions vary from 112g/km to 130g/km depending on the model configuration. The Citan 108 CDI and 109 CDI are available now; the Citan 111 CDI and Citan 112 variants will join the range in the summer 2013.
Company van drivers will benefit from a high level of standard equipment, which includes remote central locking, CD player, Bluetooth, and electrically adjustable door mirrors. All models have abundant stowage, including large door bins and dash locker as well as a roof storage compartment.
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