The Mercedes-Benz Citan is one of the most important vehicles for the Stuttgart house. The first time we saw her was in 2012, replacing the unsuccessful Vaneo. Furthermore, it was the first model to emerge from the collaboration agreement signed with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Now, facing the development of the second generation, the collaboration ties between the two manufacturers will continue to be very much alive.
Until recently it seemed that it would not be the case, as relations between Renault and Mercedes-Benz are not going through their best moment. However, the house of the star announced a few days ago that the next generation of the Citan will maintain its kinship with the new Renault Kangoo. In this way, they avoid taking a dangerous path for them, since the segment of small commercial vehicles is very competitive.
The new Mercedes-Benz Citan should arrive in 2021
As we all know, the arrival on the market of the new Renault Kangoo will take place over the next year. After landing, it will be the turn of Dacia and Mercedes-Benz itself. For now, it is unknown if Nissan will keep its NV200 in the catalog or it will take a while to re-enter this market segment.
In the press release issued by the firm, they do not announce the state of the technical development of the next Citan. Due to the timing of the new Renault Kangoo, they should already be working on it, since the current model will soon be a decade old. Among the works, the adaptation of the electric version of the Kangoo is included, a decline that the current one cannot enjoy.
The new Mercedes Citan will undergo comprehensive new development and will be recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz at first glance. We will provide a proper distinctive identity to the brand in the successor to our small van.
Be that as it may, that Daimler AG continues its collaboration with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is good news. It will be necessary to see if it is only maintained for this type of vehicle or if on the contrary they re-write it and adapt to the changing needs of the market.