German automobile manufacturer Mercedes Benz has unveiled the new Citan Crewbus. Suitable to comfortably seat seven passengers (including the driver), the new Crewbus is based on the Renault Kangoo and is built as part of the Daimler-Renault Alliance.
The Mercedes Benz Citan Crewbus is based on the extra long variant of the existing Citan measuring at 4705mm and includes addition of a third seat row taking the seating tally to seven as compared to the earlier variant that seated five passengers with the empty space utilized for cargo transportation. The new third row seat is independently adjusted fore-and-aft (front and back) and can be folded and also detached as per seating or cargo carrying requirements.
Powered by a 1200cc turbocharged direct-injection engine, the Citan develops a maximum of 112 bhp mated to manual six speed transmission in a wider ratio ensuring both powerful start-offs and high speeds are lower engine revs.
Though certain figures not necessarily be mentioned in cases of delivery vans and mini-buses, but the New Mercedes Benz Citan Citybus boasts acceleration figures from 0 to 100 kph in 11.7 seconds with a top speed rated at 173 kph.
On the efficiency part, the Citan Crewbus gets the BlueEfficiency technology alongwitih Eco start and stop function as a standard feature rendering mileage figures of 16.39 kpl (not bad).
Presently available for sale only in the European Union, Mercedes Benz plans to take the Citan to the markets of Asia, Middle East and Chile.