Mercedes gives its Citan panel van a long overdue update

07-02-2019 11:32
Before you ask: no, there have been no visual changes, whether in the exterior of the cabin

The Mercedes Citan Tourer could be called one of the German car manufacturer’s greatest failures. Even on its home market in Europe, the unsightly panel van remains notoriously neglected by potential buyers. The company only managed to sell slightly over 5,950 units in 2018, compared to over 20,000 units of the Renault Kangoo (the Citan is based upon the Kangoo platform). 

Despite this, Daimler AG clearly isn’t going to wrap up the production. Instead, it has come out with a mid-generational refresh of the van, giving it new and better engines.

Before you ask: no, there have been no visual changes, whether in the exterior of the cabin. The company clearly places its best (and only) bet on the improved engine palette. As such, the new Citan is available with an enhanced version of its 1.5-liter OM608 diesel engine. The mill is capable of 80 hp (60 kW) and 210 Nm (155 lbft) in its most basic version, 95 hp (71 kW) and 230 Nm (1770 lbft) in mid-range, and 116 hp (87 kW) and 260 Nm (192 lbft) in the top version.

All of the diesels listed above connect to a six-speed manual transmission. One last option is a 1.2-liter gasoline turbo engine capable of 114 hp (85 kW), which can be purchased with a 7-speed DCT box.

While the refreshed Mercedes Citan series isn’t getting any visual improvements in base, you may want to pay extra for a variety of purely decorative elements, such as red and grey stripes, and chromed details available for the rear door, the radiator grille and the dashboard.

Note the all of the above only applies to the passenger van called the Mercedes Citan Tourer. The commercial van will soon get an update, too, so stay tuned.

Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Reporter Artem Sukhanov
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