Mercedes-Benz Citan winter testing

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Following on from the initial details and rendering, Mercedes-Benz is now putting the forthcoming Citan through its paces with some winter testing near the Arctic Circle.

Before the new urban delivery van makes its world début at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show, next September, it must endure sub-zero conditions where equipment such as the ESP can be put to the test on the icy terrain. Fitted as standard, the ESP label covers such functions as the anti-lock braking system, acceleration skid control, drive and braking torque control, understeer control and rolling-moment intervention.

With temperatures dropping as low as -40°C, components such rubber door seals will still be expected to perform their duties, while plastic trim panels need to resist becoming brittle and fracturable.

Powerplants will include the familiar fuel-efficient diesel and petrol engines – including a BlueEFFICIENCY version. An electric drive E-CELL model is also in the pipeline.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]

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