Given the origin of the name, “City” and “Titan”, the light duty Citan rounds up the Mercedes-Benz van range alongside its bigger brothers: The Vito, Sprinter and Vario.
Boasting the the lowest fuel consumption in its class with just 4.6L/100km, it also claims to deliver a very Mercedes drive quality, which translates to safe, dynamic and comfortable driving characteristics.
What we get is the Mixto length, with a primary load space of up to 3.8m³ and a maximum payload of 800kg. Loading is facilitated by two sliding side doors and rear doors that can be opened up to 180 degrees.
Secondary storage inside aplenty, in the form of a large glove compartment, a stowage compartment between the front seats as well as an overhead stowage compartment across the entire width of the windscreen and large-volume door pockets.
The Citan is hustled along by a 1,461cc diesel engine with 90hp and a meaty 200Nm of torque, available from a low 1,750rpm and peaks out at 3,000rpm. A five-speed manual channels all that power to the front wheels. 0-100km/h time is rated at 13.3 seconds, and the Citan will carry on to a top speed of 160km/h.
On safety, the Citan is fitted with a load-sensing Adaptive ESP, fade-free brakes, ABS, EBD, brake assist, and start-off assist which prevents the Citan from rolling backwards. Variants of the Citan with fold-able rear bench seats are equipped rear three-point seat belts with belt force limiter, as with the front seats.
The Citan has both light truck (N1) or passenger car (M1) type approvals. With focus on safety and comfort equipment, M1-type approved Citans have a co-driver’s airbag, thorax and window airbags as well as roof panelling.
For further customizations, there are about 150 types of special equipment are available for all variants. But, if there is one variant that piques our interest, it will be the 1.2-litre petrol, 7-seater version which will be available in the second half of this year.
The Citan 109 CDI Panel Van is now on sale at S$90,988, while the 109 CDI Mixto with the rear passenger bench seats goes for S$135,988. Prices include COE. More details are available on the Mercedes-Benz Singapore site.