Although known for its iconic luxury sedans, Mercedes isn’t that shy when it comes to minivans. It’s kept up the momentum by offering a range of different minivan modes throughout the years, and in 2024, it’s going to come through with a Long-Wheelbase Citan – a vehicle that shows potential thanks to the awesome combination of looks, performance, and utility.
Spied during transit, the new Mercedes Citan isn’t a sight too different from the models already released by the German manufacturer. But, the added long wheelbase itself is an impressive element and it can make the vehicle a choice worth considering.
Here, we’re going to talk about what we found out about this soon-to-be-released minivan along with some of our speculations about what we should expect from it.
The Mercedes Citan | What Do We Already Know About it?
The Mercedes Citan is a minivan that was first launched by Mercedes-Benz in 2012. The design and idea of the Citan were based on the Renault Kangoo, which is a popular minivan model that was in existence for quite some time beforehand.
The main appeal and selling point of the Citan is its availability in different variants. For example, the minivan is available as a “duoliner” panel van that can be used for commercial purposes. Similarly, it is also available as a passenger van that can be used for personal/family use. In the latter variant, the empty space in the back is equipped with seats.
Another great quality of the Citan is that its models are usually available with both diesel and gas engines. This allows buyers to be more selective about the variant they purchase, which subsequently helps them to have a more tailored driving experience later on.
The New Citan 2024 Spied…
According to sources online, the 2024 model of the Mercedes Citan was spied on by photographers as it was being transported to colder snowy areas for testing purposes. In the spy images, the minivan can be seen standing in a snowy backdrop.
Here is what we concluded from the spy pictures:
The first thing that we saw in the spy pics was that the camouflage on the Citan 2024 was very sparse. It was plastered right at the back, and there wasn’t much effort by the manufacturer to conceal anything on the front area.
There isn’t actually anything surprising in this. The Citan is largely known and brought for its utility, and it has sustained a simple and generic façade throughout its different releases. While a facelift or modification would have been welcome, its absence doesn’t really detract from the overall desirability of the vehicle.
The small camouflage covering the back and sides could be masking some finer details. We’ll have to wait to see what comes from under it, but for the time being, we can safely say that the camo is just for concealing some curves and contours.
The Citan in general is available in different variants such as the passenger version and the panel van version, etc. Since this is one of the salient features of this vehicle, we don’t expect Mercedes to deviate from the trend. The 2024 Long Wheelbase will also probably be available in these different variants.
It is for this reason that some of the Citans were snapped with camo only on some parts of the sides whereas some Citans were snapped with the camo covering the back window and the rear door as well.
To understand what sort of camouflage unreleased cars usually come with during the brief exposure to the public, the examples of the Rover Defender 2020 and the Audi e-Tron are sufficient. Both these vehicles were fully plastered with camouflage when they were taken out for testing.
In comparison, the Citan had very little camo on it.
2. Looks and Aesthetics
Let’s discuss the looks and aesthetics.
From the spy pics, the appearance of the Citan 2024 looked more or less the same as the 2022 model. On the front. it had the same type of headlights along with the large grille decked out with the Mercedes logo.
The sides of the minivan, hood, and roof had the same simplistic look as the past Citan models. Once again, the 2024 LWB Citan is not a facelift, so the looks are more or less the same.
Now, let’s actually come to the focal point of this whole review i.e., the longer body.
The New Citan 2024 LWB Making Space for Seven Seats…
The previous Citan models have a pretty simple deal. In the passenger or “Tourer” versions, there are a total of five seats, with two at the front and three at the back. Behind the backseats is the storage compartment that can either be left covered or uncovered and is accessible via the back doors.
However, in the new LWB Citan, this appears to be changing. The new Citan has a longer wheelbase (and consequently a longer body in general), and it appears as if Mercedes has made space for two more seats at the back, bringing the total number to seven.
The first clue that points to this is the obvious increase in the minivan’s length. In pictures, the increased length is a little hard to discern, but if you look carefully, you will see that the rear wheel wells don’t encroach on the back sliding doors. With the 2022 Citan, the rear wheel wells partially invade the back doors, leading them to have a contoured shape near the bottom.
However, in the LWB Citan, the wheel wells are situated well behind the back doors. This appearance closely resembles the Renault Kangoo 7-seater minivan, which is yet another reason to believe that the new LWB Citan will have the same number of seats.
Of course, it’s worth remembering that since the previous Citan releases were available in the ‘panel van’ version along with the ‘passenger van’ version, the same can be expected from the LWB. This would mean that the panel van variant would just have increased space at the back as compared to the older Citans.
Spy shots are usually taken when an unreleased vehicle is taken out of the manufacturing facility for real-time testing purposes. As such, there is no reason to expect that the manufacturer would bring out all the colors that the car would be available in at launch.
Nevertheless, the reason that we’re mentioning the color aspect here is to give good news to the fans of the old black and white design on the previous Citan models. The 2024 LWB Citan was seen in different colors, including blue, black, and white. The white variant typically comes with the iconic black bumper detail on the front and back, and that is what we spied with the soon-to-be-released seven-seater as well.
Performance and Engine
Let’s move on from what we spied on the new Citan to what we expect.
To give some backing to what we’re assuming here i.e., with regard to the performance, we have to look at what the trend has been in the series so far.
The previous Citan models have been released in both gasoline and diesel variants, and it’s safe to expect the same from the LWB. And based on what we’ve already seen in the series, the LWB Citan would most probably be available with the following engines:
- 5-liter diesel engine
- 3-liter gasoline engine
While we’re on the topic of performance and engine, it’s also worth noting that Mercedes had also released an electric version of the Citan back in 2022. The “e” version of the Citan catered to the zero-emission market, and it is highly probable that the new LWB Citan will also be available in this variant.
Actually, considering the fact that Marcus Breitschwerdt (Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans) had announced that “all future new developments will be available exclusively with electric drive,” it’s somewhat safe to speculate that the LWB could be available only as an electric version. There’s no certainty, but this is what seems probable.
And that wraps it up.
The new LWB Citan looks nice. It has the same old look to it and, other than some details at the rear, there isn’t much that the company tried to conceal.
Of significance is the fact that while the previous Citans had targeted a very particular market thanks to their 5-seat capacity, this is most likely to change with the release of this new 7-seater version. 5-seaters are usually considered fine for normal urban use, which can include frequent rides with the family.
While the 7-seater variant will continue to cater to this type of use, it could become a no-go for some customers due to the increased size.
Smaller vans fit better and drive easier. Although the increased length comes with its obvious benefits, it could be something of an unnecessary addition for some buyers, who may consequently decide to stick with the previous models.
As far as the price and other particulars of this vehicle go, we’ll have to wait for the release to get an accurate idea.