The Mercedes-Benz Citan debuted in 2012 as a rebadged and restyled version of Renault's Kangoo commercial vehicle, and is now getting a range of more efficient and cleaner diesel engines. The OM 608 family includes a single 1.5-liter motor in three power stages, all complying with Europe's latest emissions standards (Euro 6d-TEMP).
The new generation of the engine, which is sourced from Renault, is lighter than its predecessor thanks to weight-optimized steel pistons, new aluminum cylinder head, and reduced valve train masses. In addition, the pressure in the rail injection system has been increased from 1,600 bar to 2,000 bar and each injector can now inject fuel up to six times per work cycle.
Starting immediately, the Citan will be offered with 80 horsepower (59 kilowatts), 95 hp (70 kW), or 116 hp (85 kW). The first to get the improved engines is the Tourer passenger version, which will be joined by the Citan Panel Van in the summer of 2019. The 1.5-liter engine is mated exclusively to a revised six-speed manual gearbox with "impressively comfortable gearshifting and reduced fuel consumption with a wider gear spread."
Already available in some European markets for both the Citan Tourer and Citan Panel Van is a new design package which gives the small van a sportier appearance. The so-called RED Design Package brings red decorative strips beneath the front radiator grille and on the mirror housings, and grey sports strips running beneath the sliding doors to the rear wheel arch.
Mercedes explains that, while unusual for such a vehicle, the appearance pack comes as a result of the "thoroughly positive reception" the Citan concept got at last year's International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany.