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New Mercedes-Benz Citan van

  • Van is aimed at town and city-based companies 
  • Choice of three lengths and three model variants
  • Comes with a range of efficient engines

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled details of its new van, the Citan, ahead of its unveiling at the Hanover Commercial Vehicle in September.

The all new panel van that is designed for urban use will be offered in three different lengths (compact, long and extra long) and completes Mercedes line-up of light commercial vehicles alongside the bigger Vito and Sprinter vans.

There is a choice of petrol or diesel engines. The 115hp petrol engine will come with BlueEfficiency technology that includes stop/start as standard while it will be an optional fit on the three turbo diesel engines that have power outputs of 75hp, 110hp and 115hp. Mounted on the central dash joystick-style, are either five- or six-speed manual transmissions depending on the engine chosen.

Mercedes is keen to promote the interior as being very car-like, with soft touch materials and switchgear that's used in other Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The company claims the seats are ergonomically designed for maximum driver and passenger comfort while also being hard-wearing and easy to clean.

The German company has also fitted the Citan with a range of safety devices including stability control that also takes the vehicle load into consideration, anti-skid control, traction control and anti-lock brakes.

Further details and specifications will be announced at the Citan’s official unveiling in September this year and it will go on sale in the UK at the beginning of 2013.