New-Gen Mercedes-Benz Citan Confirmed, Wil Get An Electric Version

The Mercedes-Benz Citan will continue to live on beyond the outgoing generation, as the automaker has confirmed working on its successor.

In the preliminary details announced, the company said that it will still be made in cooperation with Renault-Nissan, yet it will be instantly recognizable as a Benz, courtesy of an exterior makeover.

“The new Citan will undergo a comprehensive new development and clearly be recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz at first glance”, said the chief of Mercedes Vans, Marcus Breitschwerdt. “We will provide for a distinctive brand-adequate identity in the successor of our small van.”

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For the first time, the next generation small van will get a battery electric version alongside the ICE-powered models. As expected, Merc has remained tight lipped about it, but it was the natural approach, given that they have already electrified the Vito, Sprinter and V-Class.

Launched in 2012, the outgoing Citan is nothing more than a rebadged Renault Kangoo, put together on the same assembly lines at the Maubeuge Construction Automobile, a subsidiary of the French automaker.

Like the larger Vito and Sprinter, it can be had in two body styles, Panel Van and Crew Van, with the former aimed at hauling cargo and the latter targeting families in search of a roomy MPV. The former costs starts at £20,340 ($24,789/€22,361) in the UK, whereas the latter is priced from £22,506 ($27,429/€24,742).

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  • Julien Lachemoi

    I do wonder what is the point of buying a Citan over a Kangoo.


    i want the partnership ends and start making a mercedes-based van just like vaneo

  • Paul

    My it has big side windows, perfect for touring and sightseeing.

  • Bash

    Clearly the lesson is not yet learnt at Mercedes. A Mercedes should be made based on some Japanese or French vehicle. If any, it should be the other way around.

    • alexxx

      Did you mean “a Mercedes SHOULDN’T” be made based on French vehicle”? Or what?

      • Bash

        Oops, of course I meant that. thanks man. I corrected my comment.

  • Julia Rousseau

    Hello, i’m French and in France the proverb since 50 years is :”qui roule en Renault repars à vélo” (who rolls in renault goes back by bike). In France, Renault is symbol of bad quality and engine always down.
    Renault. I’ like Mercedes, but in France we don’t understand Mercedes’ choice.

    • Matt

      That saying is over 50 years old! The reliability of Renault cars has improved a lot. That’s like saying Alfa Romeo’s all rust away…

      • Rimas Kurtinaitis

        They don’t anymore; now, it’s their electronics that are constantly failing.

    • Julia Rousseau

      2000-2010 : scandal engines 1.9 DCI (engines breakage at 100-140 000 kms)
      2012-2017 : scandal engines 1.2 TCE (engines breakage at 40-60 000kms)

      … french people who loves cars doesn’t buy renault. “qui roule en renault repars à vélo”

    • Aeromann

      This proverb is a legend and it’s ridiculous… You had the same problems with HDI and TDI…PSA and VW are exactly the same trash…

      What car do you have Julia?

      • Julia Rousseau

        I have 308 gt line hdi 150.

        • Aeromann

          I will never buy PSA, neither Renault… They are all producing the same garbage.
          You are talking about VW, this is funny because it’s trash as well.
          They are building single use cars nowadays.

    • Julien Lachemoi

      Only morons think that.

      • Julia Rousseau

        In France, Renault is often mocked for bad quality and reliability problems.
        It’s just my opinion and a lot french people. To associate Renault engine with Mercedes is a very bad thing for Mercedes reputation.

  • Oof!

  • Kagan

    Kill it off!

  • Julien Lachemoi

    I didn’t thought of that. Thanks.

  • Bash

    What!! Are you sure about that. I will need to go and google out that. Thanks for the head up.

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