Wearing a moniker created by combining the words “city” and “titan,” the Citan is a product of the alliance between Mercedes parent company Daimler and Renault-Nissan. Its front fascia is heavily inspired by the facelifted 2014 Sprinter van but it shares its chassis and nearly all of its body panels with the Renault Kangoo.
The 185-inch long stretched Citan features space for up to seven passengers spread out over three rows of seats. The van offers a cavernous 123 cubic feet of cargo room with both the second and the third row of seats folded out of the way.
Like the regular five-seater Citan, the seven-seater model is powered by a Renault-sourced 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine available with either 88 horsepower and 147 lb-ft. of torque or 108 ponies and 177 lb-ft. of twist. In Europe, the 1.5-liter mill is also found under the hood of the Dacia Logan, the Renault Clio and the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.
Both versions of the oil-burner send power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. A fuel-saving start/stop system can be ordered at an extra cost.
On-sale now across Europe, the long-wheelbase Citan carries a base price of €19,400 (about $26,400) before taxes are factored in.
Mercedes will gradually start selling the Citan in a host of global markets including Russia, Chile and select Southeast Asian countries but the van will not take on the Ford Transit Connect on U.S. shores.