New Mercedes Citan for 2020-2021 - spy photographs

  • All-new Mercedes Citan set to go on sale in 2020-2021
  • Will be based on the next-generation Renault Kangoo
  • These are the first spy shots of new Mercedes small van

It’s seriously hard to tell under all that camouflage, but our spy photographers assure us that this is the new Mercedes-Benz Citan, caught out in the open during winter testing.

And don’t panic – these pictures were taken a few weeks ago, before all the coronavirus social distancing came into force. Not that there is much of anything else around in this particular location.

How on earth can anyone be sure this is the new Mercedes Citan?

Aside from taking our spies’ word for it, they would direct your attention to the headlights, just visible through that extensive front-end disguise.

Mercedes-Benz Citan - 2020-2021 - spy photo, dead-on front view, winter testing

See the LED daytime running strips at the top? That’s apparently the key evidence that this is the Mercedes version of this new small van.

So there are other versions?

Yes. As before, the next-generation Citan will essentially be based on the next-generation Renault Kangoo.

Which means it will also be largely the same van under the skin as the next Nissan NV250 – and even the latest Dacia Dokker (Dacia being Renault’s budget brand; the Dokker is not sold in the UK).

What makes the Citan a Mercedes, then?

That remains to be fully seen (no pun intended), but it will take a little bit more than slapping a three-pointed star on the front.

Mercedes-Benz Citan - 2020-2021 - spy photo, rear view, winter testing

The current Citan has always been criticised for being too much of an expensive Kangoo without really seeming that different – a few switches, controls and suspension bushes aside – so we’re hoping for a more premium interior experience this time, and perhaps a more refined drive as well.

Diesel, petrol and all-electric versions are anticipated.

When does the new Mercedes Citan go on sale?

The COVID-19 pandemic may put a spanner into the planning for this slightly, but we are expecting to see the new Citan before the end of 2020 – though it probably won’t go on sale until 2021.

Stay tuned to Parkers for more updates as soon as they become available.

Also read:

>> Renault Kangoo ZE concept previews next-generation small van

>> New vans coming soon - and recent launch round-up

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