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.”
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).