Mercedes-Benz presented earlier this week the first official photos and information about the new utility vehicle. Officially called Mercedes-Benz Citan, the model is first in a series that opens a high-level collaboration between Daimler and Renault-Nissan, Citan actually being a Renault Kangoo redesigned and restyled at the interior.
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2012 Mercedes-Benz Citan Engine
The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz Citan comes with turbo diesel engines, with a power range between 75 and 110 hp, but also with a petrol engine – a rarity for an utility vehicles – which develops 115 hp. The gearbox is having five or six gears and come with a lever located above the center console.
In addition, Mercedes-Benz Citan comes with the BlueEFFICIENCY package as standard on the petrol engine and as an optional on the diesel engines. BlueEFFICIENCY includes the Start-Stop system, capture and reuse of energy used in braking (KERS) and tires with low resistance at driving.
At the level of safety, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Citan comes with adaptive ESP, system which incorporates ABS, VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control, package that corrects the understeer and oversteer behavior), TCS (Traction Control) and ASR.
2012 Mercedes-Benz Citan Design
Among the representative stylistic elements from the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Citan are: a prominent front grille and an enormous chromed logo, details which are not usually found on the utility range of car manufacturers.
The optical blocks vaguely remember the current range of Mercedes-Benz street models, while the hood also possesses features taken from the production models recently developed by the German manufacturer, like the V-ribs present in the upper zone.
The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz Citan will be available in three different configurations: compact, long and extra long. For each of the three configurations, customers can choose one of the bodywork types and the available seats placement: van, minibus or van-bus (a mixture of the first two).
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