First details of the new Mercedes-Benz Citan have been revealed with more technology, improved safety and a new look. 

The new Citan becomes more aligned to the Vito and Sprinter vans with its revamped looks, getting a new three-bar grille, narrow headlights with LED daytime running lights and a new rear look with LED light cluster. 

Based on the Renault Kangoo, the new Citan is larger than the outgoing model and offers improved carrying capacity as well as better space for the driver and passenger. 

Launching in Europe with just one body size, the UK will get a more complete range when it goes on sale next year. Regular vans will have a 2.9m3 loadspace capacity but now get a folding bulkhead with collapsing passenger seat that allows 3.05m items to be carried. It gets asymmetric rear doors as standard (where the left-hand-side door is wider to improve access to the load area) and twin sliding side doors will be available. Maximum payload is up to 782kg for a Citan with a gross vehicle weight of 2.25t, and models will have a 1.5t towing rating. 

As with the previous-generation Citan, Mercedes has adjusted the suspension and dampeners to create different driving characteristics to that of Renault’s Kangoo version. 

Shared engines with the Renault provide three diesel options and two petrol versions with up to 116hp available in the diesel range and 131hp for petrol vans. A seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission will be an option over the standard six-speed manual. 

A new interior unique to the Mercedes van uses parts from the passenger car and commercial vehicle range with an instrument cluster borrowed from the Sprinter along with a 5in MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system screen in the centre of the dash. Keyless entry and keyless start is now an option as well. 

Significant updates have been made to the onboard safety systems thanks to a combination of camera and radar systems as well as ultrasonic parking sensors. The Citan van will come with hill start assistance, Attention Assist and Crosswind Assist as well as six airbags with other optional systems likely to include Active Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Speed Limit Assist with traffic sign detection. An adaptive cruise control system will not be available at launch for the European models but is likely to feature on high-end UK spec models, which will go on sale in Spring 2022 with a complete range of standard and long-wheelbase vans, Tourer passenger model and brand new electric eCitan. 

The eCitan will be powered by an 75kW motor with 44kWh battery pack giving it a claimed range of 177 miles. A full charge will be possible on a wallbox in up to four hours, while rapid charging will see the battery reach 80% capacity in around 40 minutes. 

Prices and full details for the UK specification vans will be released nearer the time, but European models will start from £17,175 for an entry-level Citan in Base trim.