Mercedes-Benz Citan (2013–)
- September 2012: New Mercedes-Benz Citan announced
- April 2013: Awarded three stars by Euro NCAP
- November 2013: Retested by Euro NCAP and awarded four stars:
- June 2014: Extra-Long Traveliner Citan launched
- May 2015: Citan updated
New Mercedes-Benz Citan announced
There is a broad selection of engines available for the new Citan. The turbodiesel direct-injection Mercedes-Benz unit with a displacement of 1.5-litres is supplied in three different output levels:
- Citan 108 CDI, output 75PS, torque 180Nm
- Citan 109 CDI, output 90PS, torque 200Nm
- Citan 111 CDI, output 110PS, torque 240Nm
The range is complemented by a 1.2-litre petrol engine:
- Citan 112, output 114PS, torque 190Nm.
One of the Citan's trademarks is fuel economy. It not only displays impressive maintenance intervals of up to 25,000 miles or two years, but also boasts the lowest fuel consumption in its class.
The combined fuel consumption of the Citan 108 CDI BlueEfficiency and Citan 109 CDI BlueEfficiency is 65.7mpg. Despite its compact dimensions, the new Citan panel van is spacious inside. The load compartment of the panel van measures 1.36 m, 1.75 m or 2.13 m long (Citan Compact, Long, Extra Long). The corresponding volumes are 2.4 m3, 3.1 m3 or 3.8 m3. Depending on the length and weight variant, the payload is about 500 kg (Citan Compact), 650 kg (Long) or 800 kg (Extra Long).
Awarded three stars by Euro NCAP
The assessors say the Citan 'fails to shine in a market segment poorly equipped for safety.' The Citan raised concerns primarily for passenger safety. In the test, it had weaknesses inside - the dashboard was a hazard to the knees and femurs of occupants. Dummy readings of chest compression indicated marginal protection of the driver's chest, also. However, the side curtain airbag did not deploy as intended, getting caught on the upper seat belt anchorage point, and the car was penalised. The same thing happened with the curtain airbag in the side pole test.
Retested by Euro NCAP and awarded four stars:
79% Adult protection; 81% Child protection; 56% Pedestrian protection; 70% Safety Assist. The improvements made by Mercedes-Benz to the side airbag deployment proved successful and the Citan scored maximum points in the side barrier test with good protection of all body regions.
Extra-Long Traveliner Citan launched
Based on the extra-long version of the Citan (length 4,705 mm), with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 2.2 t, the extra-long Traveliner offers a new third seat row, consisting of two individual seats.
These are independently adjustable fore-and-aft by 130 mm, and can be individually folded down, or removed as required. They can be easily accessed once the seats in the middle row have been folded down. Passengers in the rear row have additional stowage facilities in the side wall panels.
Depending on the position of the individual seats, the load space behind them will take between 300 and 400 litres of luggage. Removing the seats in the third row increases the cargo capacity of Citan to 2,200 litres. And if the middle row of three seats is folded down too, the load space is enlarged again to 3,500 litres.
The Citan is highly practical, as highlighted by the standard equipment for the extra-long Traveliner, which includes a flexible cover for the load compartment, as well as load-securing rings in the floor for securing the cargo when the seats are folded down or removed.
Available to order from August 2014 in the UK, the new model variant offers a choice of two engine output ratings, as either the Citan 109 CDI (90PS) or the Citan 111 CDI (110PS), with prices starting from £17,810 plus VAT.
As well as new technical features, the Citan Traveliner has a new name: the Citan Tourer. This brings the nomenclature for the Citan in line with the new Vito.As from June all Mercedes-Benz Citan Tourer models will comply with the Euro 6 emissions regulations as standard. For Citan van variants, Euro 6 compliance will become available later in 2015 as an option, well in advance of this becoming a legal obligation.
The new emissions standard has certainly made Citan clean for th e future: all variants of Citan with diesel engine achieve Euro 6 through internal engine measures and a storage-type NOx catalytic converter.
All Citan Tourer models come with the BlueEFFICIENCY package as standard. Among other features, this includes an ECO start/stop function and improved fuel consumption for the diesel models up to 65.7mpg.
Progressing to Euro 6 actually increases maximum torque by 20Nm for each diesel engine, to figures ranging between 200Nm and 260Nm. This translates into a noticeable rise in pulling power of around 10%. Output remains unchanged at between 75PS and 110PS.
'Long' Tourer models registered are available with a panoramic roof featuring split tilting skylights above the front seats if desired. The glass is tinted and each half can be opened manually and separately in the direction of travel. Over the rear, the new integral panorama skylight ensures that the interior is flooded with light.
A new navigation system developed specially for Citan points the way to the destination. The device is sized to the 1-DIN format and is operated via a touch-sensitive 87 mm (3.5-inch) screen. As well as GPS navigation with maps for Western Europe, the equipment includes a USB port, a micro SD card slot, AUX interface and Bluetooth. The DAB+ digital transmission standard ensures excellent radio reception. (DAB+ is expected to be available from Q4 2015). A new optional reversing camera makes manoeuvres at low speed easier, thereby boosting safety.