Mercedes-Benz to unveil new small van for Europe

(April 19, 2012) STUTTGART — Powerful yet with compact dimensions making it especially suitable for city use — for the first time, the Mercedes-Benz portfolio of vans features a vehicle specifically for the urban environment. The Mercedes-Benz Citan will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover in September.

Due to its versatility and adaptability, the new Mercedes-Benz Citan fulfills a broad range of commercial applications. Based on a panel van, this urban van is available in three different lengths: Compact, Long, Extra-long.

Mercedes aims for a 4-to-5 percent share of the 700,000 unit European small- van segment with the new vehicle. The van will compete with Volkswagen AG (VOW)’s Caddy and other vehicles.

The Citan is instantly recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz thanks to the vehicle’s characteristic brand look. The Citan is the first model in the Mercedes-Benz van range to feature the new family appearance. Providing the brand signature, the chromed star is self-assuredly set against the prominent, robust radiator grille with three sporty perforated louvres.

The Mercedes-Benz Citan’s bold headlamps and the pronounced V-shape to the hood with its clearly defined edges are equally striking.

The trapezoidal shape of the air intake in the bumper emphasizes width and the powerful impression made by the Citan. Again, this feature is one of the brand’s typical style elements at the present time, from the latest Mercedes-Benz cars in the compact class through to the new Actros.

Three high-torque, turbodiesel direct-injection engines with outputs from 75 horsepower to 110 horsepower and a nippy, supercharged gas engine generating 115 horsepower cover all standard requirements. Five and six-speed transmissions with a joystick gearshift positioned within easy reach on the center console transmit power to the front wheels.