It will feature a "distinctive brand-adequate identity."
Earlier this week, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the EQV in production guise. It’s the brand latest addition to the van sector, where it also sells the Citan light commercial vehicle in some markets. The vehicle is basically a rebadged and more refined version of the Renault Kangoo, which in turn shares a lot of components with the budget Dacia Dokker. The German marque has just confirmed things won’t change in that regard when the new-generation model arrives.
The new Citan will soon go into development in cooperation with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Basically, this means it will share its underpinnings with the new Kangoo and Dokker, which will be the next logical step in expanding the strategic cooperation between Daimler and the Alliance. No exact timeframe for the launch of the new Citan has been provided, but we expect to see it in about two years’ time from now. More importantly, an all-electric version will also be part of the portfolio.
"The new Citan will undergo a comprehensive new development and clearly be recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz at first glance. We will provide for a distinctive brand-adequate identity in the successor of our small van," Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, explains.
The top manager in Mercedes’ LCV division is probably trying to address criticism from media representatives and customers that the Citan doesn’t justify its high price tag. It's significantly more expensive than the Kangoo despite the fact that it is offered with the same engine range as the French van. The Citan got Renault’s latest 1.5-liter dCi diesel in February this year.
The LCV is not the only rebadged vehicle Mercedes is offering its customers. The X-Class is a posher version of the Nissan Navara but demand for the luxury truck is not especially great. In fact, the manufacturer is even considering discontinuing the model.
Note: A design sketch of the current Citan is pictured at the top of this article.
Stuttgart. Mercedes-Benz will continue its engagement in the small van segment persistently and has decided on the successor of its small van Citan as part of the Mercedes-Benz Vans product portfolio – including an electric version. The vehicle will again be established in cooperation with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.
"The new Citan will undergo a comprehensive new development and clearly be recognisable as a Mercedes-Benz at first glance. We will provide for a distinctive brand-adequate identity in the successor of our small van", explains Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
Mercedes-Benz Vans has been offering the Citan since 2012. The small van with compact dimensions and a large load compartment is ideal for the wide range of challenges encountered in the city. Especially in the growing on-demand transit business the small van will be an even more interesting option for commercial customers. The main foundations for its success were laid by the combination of high functionality, versatility and economy, its comprehensive safety systems and high ride comfort.
With the Citan successor, Daimler AG and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi will continue their strategic cooperation which started nine years ago.