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Mercedes Citan: here is the new generation

THE LAST WITH PISTONS – The new version of the compact commercial Mercedes citan it stands out for several reasons, from the possibility of having the well-known MBUX (Mercedes User Experience) infotainment system to the fact that it is the last with the internal combustion engine. Marcus Breitschwerdt, Mercedes Vans Director, was in fact clear: “The new Citan is the latest new professional vehicle with combustion engine from Mercedes Vans. All our future projects will be exclusively electric. And the new eCitan electric is a logical step in our electrification strategy. “This strong statement lingered over the entire presentation, which took place online and highlighted the safety features of the new Citan, available in the van and Tourer versions, suitable for transporting people .

SAFE AS A SALOON – In addition to the obvious mandatory safety systems – ABS and ESP – the new ones Mercedes citan they are equipped as standard with the hill start aid system, assistance in the presence of crosswinds, driver fatigue detection and automatic emergency call. The version Tourer has even richer standard features, including the active braking assistance system, the active anti-skid system, the Blind Spot Assist (object detection in the blind spot) and the automatic speed limit detection system with traffic sign recognition. The equipment can be integrated with Distronic active distance maintenance, able to manage traffic in traffic queues, and lane maintenance assistance. There is a plentiful supply of airbags: 6 in the van version and 7 in the Tourer version, equipped as standard with a central airbag that opens between the driver and front passenger seats.

TO ALL MBUX – The new Mercedes citan, as anticipated, it can be equipped with the system MBUX in different versions. The commands can be given via the 7 “touchscreen display, with the touch buttons on the steering wheel and also through the voice assistant” Hey Mercedes “. There is no shortage of smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free and DAB and DAB + digital radio. Mercedes Me Connect digital services are standard. Thanks to these, customers are connected to the vehicle, as long as there is coverage of the cellular data network, to obtain information and use functions even remotely. navigation with Live Traffic Information and Car-to-X communication enables real-time traffic data. Further facilitation for professional use is the quick entry of destinations via the 3-word code of the what3word (w3w) system. works by dividing the world into squares of three meters on each side identified by an address of three words: just pronounce them to be guided towards the chosen ‘square’.

CUSTOMIZED FLOOR – The designers of the new Mercedes citan have tried to combine comfort, dynamics and driving safety in all versions. The suspensions they are MacPherson struts at the front and at the bridge interconnected at the rear, with separate springs and shock absorbers. The Tourer, intended for smaller loads, has more comfort settings, while the box version is designed for the transport of heavy weights while remaining stable even when fully loaded.

ENGINES FOR ALL NEEDS – He Mercedes Citan Panel van it is proposed, at launch, with 3 diesel and 2 petrol engines, all turbocharged. The displacements are not high: the diesels are 1,461 cc with powers of 75, 95 and 116 hp while the 1,332 cc petrol engines deliver 102 and 131 hp. The 116 hp diesel has the Overpower / Overtorque function, which temporarily raises the power up to 121 hp and the torque, which goes from 270 to 295 Nm. The Mercedes Citan Tourer is initially offered with the 95 hp diesel and the 3 engines a gas. All the engines of the new Citan meet Euro 6d standards, have a Start / Stop system and a six-speed manual gearbox. The most powerful diesel and petrol engines can be fitted with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. In the second half of 2022 theeCitan, which will complete the range of Mercedes electric commercial vehicles already manned by the eVito and the eSprinter. Preliminary data are not yet available other than theautonomy WLTP calculated by the manufacturer (not yet homologated, therefore) which is approximately 285 km. A value presumably able to satisfy the needs of professionals engaged in transport in urban areas. Compatibility with continuous fast charging stations promises a transition from 10 to 80% in about 40 minutes while the electric version maintains the load compartment, payload and equipment of the models with heat engine. The eCitan can also be equipped with a towbar.

MEASURES AND VOLUMES – The new Mercedes Quoten is compact – it is 450 cm long but offers a lot of space and various possibilities of use. The first Van and Tourer versions will be joined by long wheelbase and Mixto versions, with extended cab and van part. Mercedes declares that the short wheelbase version (271 cm) is already much more spacious than the previous one, reaching a load compartment length of 3.05 meters with the flexible divider. This solution allows you to orient the separation grille towards the side seat and then lock it. The passenger seat folds down to achieve a flat surface while the separation grid continues to isolate the driver from the load. The sliding doors side panels are available in various sizes and in the van version the edge of the loading surface is only 59 cm from the ground. The two wings of the rear doors can open 90 ° or up to 180 °, resting on the side. For maximum comfort, Comfortmatic air conditioning, Keyless-GO starting and electric parking brake will be available from the second quarter of 2022; orders will start from September 2021.

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