We’ll always have Paris
The little load hauler can’t quite shake its French roots
MERCEDES-BENZ will introduce the new small Citan van in Australia mid next year.
Carsguide checked it out in the metal in Europe recently.
While Mercedes doesn’t talk about it much, the Citan is based on the Renault Kangoo, which is already on sale in Australia. Even if you didn’t know this fact, it is evident when you see the van.
The nose is unique, but the middle section and the rear look rather Renault.
Mercedes has tried harder on the inside and the dashboard looks like it could belong to other Mercedes-Benz vans.
The only reminder this vehicle started off life as a Renault is the U-shaped handbrake lever.
While it is a Mercedes, the van is expected to be affordable (although no pricing has been announced) and you get that idea when you sit inside. Not to say it’s cheap and nasty, but the plastic surfaces are hard, not soft like a passenger car. The design is clean and simple and the controls are easy to use.
Exterior design always comes down to personal preference, but the Citan is not a particularly attractive van. Not that looks are a priority when it comes to load haulers, but the fussy styling is nowhere near as good-looking as the Kangoo.
The Citan is likely to be a practical van with positive carlike handling given its relation to the Renault. It will also take Kangoo engines, although it is not yet clear which ones will be coming to Australia.
There are four engines for Europe: a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol with 84kW and 190Nm and three 1.5-litre turbo diesel fours, which are rated at 55kW and 180Nm, 66kW and 200Nm and 81kW and 240Nm.