All-new 2021 Mercedes Citan van caught for the first time

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There is a new Mercedes Citan coming next year and our colleagues from have already published the first spy pictures revealing the final design of the small van.

You can think of it as you want. But the Mercedes Citan is probably more successful than expected. In August last year, Daimler officially announced that the next generation of the Citan, like the current model, would be developed in collaboration with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.

Literally, at the time, Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head Mercedes-Benz Vans, said: “The new Citan will be a completely new development and will be a vehicle that is clearly recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz from the first glance. We will give the successor model of our small van a brand-typical identity.”

That means the light commercial vehicle will share its platform (CMF-C) and technologies with the new Renault Kangoo and Dacia Dokker that have also been caught by spy photographers. Now it’s time to take a first look at the German cousin of the two transporters.

If you think these are just photos of the Kangoo / Dokker, think again, as spy photographers say that they are actually prototypes of the new Citan, and the German number plates, which start with the letters S-P-Y (S from Stuttgart), are the most important distinguishing feature. The rear of the test cars also appears to be different from what we have already seen with the previous prototypes.

The basic shape and dimensions will be identical between the three sister models, but the German automaker promises that the new Citan “will be clearly recognizable as Mercedes-Benz at first glance”. The brand should try to counter the criticism from media representatives and customers that the current Citan can hardly justify its rather high prices, since it looks and feels exactly the same as the Renault Kangoo and the Dacia Dokker.

About a year ago, the current Citan was updated with the latest generation of Renault’s 1.5-liter turbodiesel engine. The new dCi unit is available with either 80 HP, 95 HP or 116 HP. In the upcoming Citan, this diesel may be available together with the latest 1.3-liter turbo petrol engine from Daimler-Renault.

More importantly, the new Citan will also receive a fully electric version. One can assume that this will use the next generation Kangoo Z.E. powertrain with an estimated range of up to 230 kilometers with a 33 kWh battery, while the output will probably be more than 44 kilowatts (60 hp).