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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled official sketches of its new front-wheel drive urban delivery vehicle

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its new Renault Kangoo-based successor to the long-discontinued Vaneo commercial van in a series of official sketches.

Called the Mercedes-Benz Citan, the new front-wheel drive urban delivery vehicle is scheduled to get its first public premiere at the Hannover commercial vehicle show in September, prior to the start of sales, including right-hand-drive, later this year.

See official sketches of the Mercedes-Benz Citan

To be eventually sold in five different body variants and three different wheelbases, the Citan will be powered by a range of Renault developed, but Mercedes-Benz enhanced, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines ranging in power from 59bhp to 108bhp. CNG and LPG variants are set to follow.

Mercedes-Benz says the European market for light commercial vehicles has grown to 700,000 annually, of which it is seeking to gain a market share of about four per cent with the Citan – a figure that hints at a conservative sales target of between 28,000 and 35,000 per year.

“We will take advantage of the trend toward city vans,” says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

The Citan – a name Mercedes-Benz created from the words ‘city’ and ‘titan’ – is planned to compete both on price and features with a raft of well established vans, including the Volkswagen Caddy, Citroën Berlingo, Fiat Doblo and its sister car, the Renault Kangoo, alongside which the new Mercedes-Benz will be produced in Maubeuge, France.

Greg Kable

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petrolheadinrussia 7 February 2012

Re: Mercedes Citan van revealed

Merc have lost a lot of ground in the UDV ( urban delivery vehicles) especially to VW. The once ubiqutos Transit is also suffering being outsold (in Russia at least) by Fiat and IVECO and VW. The smaller ones like the one shown could find a good market if they woke up and have a look what Skoda did with a roomster and made it a fabulous Yeti. So make it 4wd and give a bit more tonka toy appearance and keep the damn price down and they would have a winner on their hands - if you have Yeti v this in same layout its a no brainer.

Johnny English 6 February 2012

Re: Mercedes Citan van revealed

Must rush out for this week's copy of Autovan.

superstevie 3 February 2012

Re: Mercedes Citan van revealed

Uncle Mellow wrote:
Wow. A French-made, Renault-based Mercedes. That should be a model of reliability then.
Having ran several kangoo vans over the years, they've never been too bad for what you pay for them. The new shape, the one this is based on, was faultless for the 20k we covered in it before it was sold