Mercedes-benz has revealed an all-new model called Citan. It is actually a commercial panel van aiming to young families with children, who need spacious and versatile vehicle in order to do their tasks easily.

You'll probably notice that this "new" Mercedes Citan is a rebadged Renault Kangoo. The Citan is born after the a strange alliance between Daimler and Renault.

The changes are minor – a new front grille and slightly different headlights. Besides the Mercedes-Benz logo, the Citan also comes with different front bumper and front hood compared to the Kangoo.

It is offered in three body-styles - a panel van, a crewbus, and a mixed-use vehicle and also in three lengths - compact, long and extra-long.

The choice of engines is broad. Three high-torque, turbodiesel direct-injection engines with outputs from 75HP (55kW) to 110HP (81kW) and a nippy, supercharged petrol engine generating 115 hp (84kW) cover all standard requirements. All the diesel engines have a particulate filter as standard. Five and 6-speed transmissions with a joystick gearshift positioned within easy reach on the centre console transmit power to the front wheels.

Reducing fuel consumption, a BlueEFFICIENCY package is available for the petrol engine as standard and includes ECO start/stop function, battery and generator management and low rolling resistance tires.

The safety is granted thanks to a number of technologies included in the standard Adaptive Electronic Stability Program – ABS (anti-locking braking system), VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control), TCS (Traction Control System) and ASR (Acceleration Skid Control).

2012 Mercedes-Benz Citan will be officially unveiled at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in the end of this year.

2012 Mercedes Benz Citan

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Source: Mercedes-Benz