Mercedes-Benz is already well known for having a range of commercial vehicles, including the Sprinter, the Vario and the Vito. However Mercedes has now introduced the Citan, meaning that the company is now venturing out into the small van market. There is already excitement in the commercial vehicle industry for the release of the new models, and after the announcement last week from Mercedes stating that prices for the Citan will start at £13,095, demand is only set to increase.
Discussing the Citan, Steve Bridge, Van Sales and Marketing Director at Mercedes-Benz UK said: “Right from the day we released the first sketches the level of interest was and has been relentless. We have a lot of interest across the entire Citan model range and we’re now in a position as a manufacturer to offer a compact van, capable of carrying up to 735kg with a small footprint, which is ideal for both retail and business customers. With a number of finance options available I have great confidence in the fact that the new Citan will not only be an attractive vehicle but a trusted partner and most of all, an affordable business asset.”
There will be three versions of the Citan, starting with the Panel Van version which is the smallest of the three and comes in various body lengths. Furthermore, it comes with a folding passenger seat, panelled twin rear doors that can be opened up to a 180 degree angle, and a spacious load compartment. The Citan Dualiner has an extra-long body length, a split and folding rear bench which provides flexibility when it comes to passenger and load compartments, and can seat up to five people including the driver. The third and most spacious Citan – the Traveliner – is a comfortable people carrier that can seat up to five people. It also includes practical storage facilities and a stowage capacity of seventy-seven litres, and even comes with BlueEFFICIENCY as standard.
As all three versions of the vans also come with Bluetooth connectivity, power windows, speed limiter and cruise control as standard, it is easy to see that these new vans will be a luxurious introduction to the small van market. It is important then to make sure that if you are planning on investing in one of these new vehicles you protect it with commercial vehicle insurance so that it is covered for theft and damage.