2022 Mercedes-Benz Citan debuts with strong French connections


Mercedes-Benz has revealed the second-gen Citan compact van lineup for the European markets, available in both Panel Van (cargo) and Tourer (passenger) variants. While pre-orders will commence starting mid-September 2021, actual launch is expected in the second half of 2022. Base prices are expected to start at less than €20,000.

For the uninitiated, the new Citan is Mercedes’ version of the 3rd gen Renault Kangoo that went on sale not too long ago. I think the designers have done a pretty good job in Mercedes-izing the front fascia, and unless you see the vehicle from the rear-three-quarter angles, you probably wouldn’t realize that it is a re-badged Renault. As for the features, LED high-performance headlights are optional. The Panel Van can be ordered with heated windows and a windscreen wiper on the rear doors. Buyers can choose from 9 paint finishes, including five metallic ones.

Features inside include optional MBUX system with “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant that can understand up to 28 languages; touch controls on the steering wheel, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, optional two-zone automatic climate control, and optional wireless smartphone charging.

As for the safety equipment, the Citan Panel Van comes with 6 airbags (front airbags for driver and co-driver, windowbags and thorax sidebags) as standard, while the Tourer is also equipped with a centre airbag as standard. ADAS is available in two packages. The Active Safety Package gets you Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, and Speed Limit Assist, while the Driving Assistance Package includes Active Distance Assist Distronic and Active Steering Assist.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, the Citan as you might have guessed, borrows its powertrains from the Kangoo, offering 1.33L petrol and 1.5L diesel engine options. Besides a 6-speed manual transmission, the most powerful diesel and petrol models are also available with a 7-speed DCT. The Citan 113 with its 1.33L petrol engine offers 96 kW (130 metric hp) and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque, while the Citan 110 CDI with a 1.5L diesel engine offers 70 kW (95 metric hp) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque. The Panel Van is also available as Citan 112 CDI with 85 kW (116 metric hp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque.

An electric version called eCitan will be available in the second half of 2022, with a front electric motor offering 75 kW (102 metric hp) and 245 Nm (181 lb-ft) of peak figures. A 44 kWh battery pack is estimated to offer a range of up to 285 km (177 mi).

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