Last July, Mercedes-Benz announced a new model of van, the so-called T-Class, which should be presented in 2022. It is a passenger version of the future second-generation Mercedes-Benz Citan, which will be presented in 2021 and of which we can already see a single image that, certainly, does not reveal much.
Although we have already seen spy photos of the new Citan, the Stuttgart house has barely offered information, and this image shows only the rear logo with the model name, so the only thing clear is that the name of this van is not going to change.
The Citan was born in 2012, thus landing Mercedes-Benz in the compact van segment, with a product developed together with Renault and its Kangoo. This second-generation will also be created in collaboration with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
The first to arrive will be the Citan itself, that is, the commercial vehicle, which we will meet in mid-2021, and in 2022 the passenger version will be launched, which we know will be called the Mercedes-Benz T-Class.
Perhaps one of the most interesting things about this second generation Citan is that it will be available as a fully electric model, sharing the guts with the newly introduced Renault Kangoo ZE.
Obviously, the German model will have a specific design and will have all the security and technology solutions of the star brand, to differentiate itself from its French ‘cousin’.
In any case, and although Renault has not confirmed the mechanical range of the Kangoo, it is expected that it will have gasoline, turbodiesel and also a 100% electric version, and in principle both manual and automatic gearboxes should be offered, probably EDC of the double-clutch.
As for the Mercedes-Benz Citan, it will offer “wide opening sliding doors, on both sides of the vehicle, and a low loading threshold”, so it should facilitate the loading and unloading process.