In the euro vanguard
The Germans team up with France’s Renault on the lean-running Citan
alternator and stop-start technology that kills the engine at idle to save fuel.
A clever system recovers some braking energy to reduce the amount of time the alternator needs to run in order to top up the battery.
Mercedes has introduced low rolling resistance tyres on some models to drive down the consumption. The company revealed the best efficiency figure of its new Citan in advance of its coming out at the Hannover Truck Show later this month.
The new van has been confirmed for Australian sale, although it is not yet clear which engine options will be available for the local models.
A diesel and a petrol unit are available in Europe. There are three different output options for the 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel. The entry-level unit makes 55kW/180Nm , the second manages 66kW/200Nm and the range-topper produces 81kW/240Nm. There is also a 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo that generates 84kW and 190Nm.
A five-speed manual gearbox is used for the two lower output diesels, while the petrol Citan and the higher-output diesels are fitted with a six-speed manual. Both come with a shift