Mercedes-Benz has previewed the forthcoming eCitan with a host of official “spy shots.”
The German car manufacturer is developing the second-generation Citan with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and it is expected to be based on the same platform as the Renault Kangoo. Our spy photographers snapped it undergoing tests last year but this is our first time seeing the electric eCitan variant.
For the most part, the electric variant will look identical to ICE-powered models, albeit the Three-Pointed Star badge on the front can be opened up and houses the charging port.
While not easily visible in these photos, previous images of Citan prototypes have confirmed it will have sleek headlights with integrated LEDs, circular fog lights, sliding rear doors, and vertical taillights. This prototype also has black wheels, slightly different than the black and silver wheels of other prototypes recently spotted.
We know that the Citan will be offered with petrol and diesel powertrains, in addition to the all-electric powertrain. Unfortunately, we don’t yet have any horsepower or torque figures for any of the available powertrains.
In a press release confirming development of the new van, Mercedes-Benz said “compact outside dimensions and at the same time generous space with a high storage volume in the interior open diverse possible applications for the small van, especially in inner-urban distribution haulage,” adding that “the vehicle concept provides comprehensive safety equipment and a high level of driving comfort.”
The Mercedes-Benz Citan will be unveiled in the second half of 2021.