Mercedes-Benz Vans: Sprinter, Vito and Citan - three strong characters for construction

Jan 21, 2016
  • Sprinter: high-traction, versatile and synonymous with its class
  • Vito and Vito Tourer – all-rounders in the mid-size segment
  • Citan and Citan Tourer: maximum utility, compact dimensions
  • Mercedes-Benz VanSolution and VanPartner by Mercedes-Benz
Vans. Born to run – the motto of the vans and urban delivery vehicles from Mercedes-Benz perfectly reflects their suitability for tough applications in the construction industry and ancillary trades. The Sprinter, Vito and Citan can all stand their ground with an unrivalled wide choice of versions. Added to this are tailor-made body and conversion solutions for the construction sector.
Sprinter: high-traction, versatile and synonymous with its class
It lent its name to an entire vehicle class: the Sprinter is synonymous with vans in the segment of around 3.5 t to 5.0 t perm. GVW. The clear number one in its class turned 20 last year, and since then some three million units have rolled off production lines all over the world.
The construction sector benefits from the hallmark characteristics of the Sprinter: it is robust and durable, practical and comfortable, powerful and economical. But it also has numerous other talents as a made-to-measure van: panel van, crewbus, drop-side body, chassis, crewcab – and then it really gets stuck in with a variety of wheelbase, roof and seating variants and special equipment. Particularly price-sensitive customers opt for the panel van, the WORKER chassis or the CREW crewbus.
Power take-off from the transmission, and engine power take-off, trailer couplings up to a tensile load of 3.5 t, jaw-type couplings, all-season or M+S tyres, different seating for the passenger compartment of the crewbus, interior trims and floors, diverse versions and climate control systems and numerous chassis and suspension set-up variants – the Sprinter is born for construction. With numerous stowage compartments in the cockpit and options such as auxiliary heating or the backrest with a table function it is born for taking breaks as well as working.
The huge diversity of drive systems is of particular advantage with regard to different and often very challenging applications in the construction segment. The entry-level engine beneath the distinctive bonnet is a 2.15 l turbo diesel engine in the output ratings 70 kW (95 hp), 95 kW (129 hp) and 120 kW (163 hp). The top-of-the-range engine is a V6 turbo diesel generating 140 kW (190 hp) from a displacement of 3.0 l – a level of performance which is unrivalled in this category of vehicle in Europe. All the diesel engines are already available in compliance with the Euro 6 emissions standard, while Euro 6 compliance is standard for the V6 version. As alternatives to the diesel engine, the Sprinter is also available with a petrol engine, a bivalent natural gas engine and a monovalent natural gas engine. In each case, these engines generate a power output of 115 kW (156 hp) from a displacement of 1.8 l.
While a six-speed manual transmission features as standard, the Sprinter is also optionally available with the smooth-shifting 7G-TRONIC PLUS torque-converter automatic transmission.
The Sprinter comes as standard with a high-traction rear-wheel drive. A clear plus point for vans in the Sprinter's weight class, above all with regard to use on construction sites. On request, manually selectable four-wheel drive ensures maximum traction off-road as well. This can be further augmented by optional gear reduction.
Traction means safety. The Sprinter's standard specification includes the enhanced ADAPTIVE ESP with numerous sub-functions. From the point of view of the construction sector the focus is on features such as acceleration skid control, mass and centre of gravity detection, trailer stabilisation and Crosswind Assist.
Vito and Vito Tourer – all-rounders in the mid-size segment
It has brought a breath of fresh air to the compact vans segment: the Mercedes-Benz Vito does full justice to its upbeat slogan "Runs on ambition" – on the construction site, too. As a panel van it serves to transport materials or proves its worth as a service vehicle equipped as a workshop, and as the Mixto with a second seat row and partition it combines the properties of a panel van with passenger transport. If it is all about people rather than materials, the Vito Tourer is the vehicle of choice.
With its three lengths comprising the compact Vito, long Vito and extra-long Vito it offers more choice than every other van in its class. There are four variants for the perm. GVW of the Vito from 2.5 t to 3.2 t. Particularly cost-conscious buyers opt for the largely ready-for-use WORKER panel van as an entry-level model. Vito Tourer buyers have a virtually unrestricted choice: there are three design and equipment lines from the functional Tourer BASE through the versatile Tourer PRO to the comfortable Tourer SELECT. Then there are the seating variants in the passenger compartment.
The Vito is the only van in its class for which buyers can choose from front-wheel, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. There is also an exceptionally broad variety of engines. In conjunction with the weight-optimised Vito with front-wheel drive there is the compact turbo diesel engine with a displacement of 1.6 l and two output ratings of 65 kW (88 hp) and 84 kW (114 hp). The variants with rear-wheel and all-wheel drive are coupled with a 2.15 l turbo diesel engine rated at 100 kW (136 hp), 120 kW (163 hp) or 140 kW (190 hp). The engines are available in either emissions level Euro 5b+ (commercial vehicle registrations up to 06/16) or Euro 6 (passenger car registrations) , whilst Euro 6 is standard both in the most powerful version (140 kW/190 hp) and with all-wheel drive. As an alternative to the six-speed manual transmission, Mercedes-Benz offers the Vito with the 7G-TRONIC PLUS torque-converter automatic transmission, working economically and comfortably in equal measure. The automatic transmission features as standard in conjunction with the highest power rating and 4x4 drive.
The optional equipment for the Vito covers an unusually diverse range offering broad scope for applications in the construction industry and ancillary trades. Numerous door and window variants or roof rails with a rack, for example. A highly functional range of items is available for the load compartment, comprising wood flooring, a rail system for securing loads and also tie-down rails on the side wall and the interior panelling.
The Vito impresses with a functional cockpit. In all variants it is characterised by a convenient low entrance, a seat position similar to that of a passenger car and numerous practical stowage compartments. Different heating and climate control systems make the time spent on board a pleasant one. Maximum safety is a further feature of the Vito, and an attribute particularly worthy of note is the ADAPTIVE ESP with its many sub-functions.
Citan and Citan Tourer: maximum utility, compact dimensions
Small wonder: the Mercedes-Benz Citan fits the bill when a combination of compact dimensions with plenty of load capacity and a surprisingly large volume is called for. It is available in three lengths, and no other model offers more choice in this class. The Citan is available as a panel van, Mixto and Tourer – covering all requirements from goods to passenger transport and combinations of the two. There is also the WORKER panel van for particularly price-sensitive customers. The perm. GVW varies between 1.8 t and 2.2 t. The Citan in the "long" variant is particularly flexible, and turns up for work in all three weight classes to suit all requirements.
The engine line-up also meets various different needs. The compact turbo diesel engine with a displacement of 1.5 l is available to choose from in three output categories from 55 kW (75 hp) to 81 kW (110 hp). All are already available in the emissions level Euro 6. A petrol variant is alter-natively available for customers. This engine has a displacement of 1.2 l and is rated at 84 kW (114 hp). Depending on the engine variant, the Citan comes with a five- or six-speed manual transmission. The petrol version will also be optionally available with the 6G-DCT six-speed dual clutch transmission from the second quarter of 2016.
The Citan offers a diverse scope of particularly useful options ex factory, including different door and window variants, panel vans with a folding load retention grille on the co-driver's side, co-driver's double bench seat, a ladder flap at the rear, a load retention grille for the Mixto or luggage net for occupant protection on board the Tourer, for example. The construction package with reinforced tyres, greater ground clearance and underbody protection deserves a special mention. And last but not least, accessories such as cargo baskets with a loading roller, basic roof carriers or ladder racks are available from the Mercedes-Benz trade partners.
Mercedes-Benz VanSolution and VanPartner by Mercedes-Benz
Special tasks call for special solutions and individual transport tasks for equally individual vehicles. Although the scope of model variants covered by the Sprinter, Vito and Citan takes some beating – even Mercedes-Benz is unable to fulfil every individual wish ex factory. This is why the Mercedes-Benz Bodybuilder Centre has developed a multi-tier range of conversion and body solutions for end customers in cooperation with renowned conversion partners.
VanSolution: the van with conversion from a single source
Mercedes-Benz is even able to offer commonly sought-after body and equipment solutions ex factory – courtesy of the VanSolution programme. These models are included in Mercedes-Benz's price lists and are marketed, financed and sold by way of single-invoice transactions. The body and conversion solutions are also treated as a genuine Mercedes-Benz product with regard to maintenance, service, guarantee and warranty cover – as an integral part of a complete vehicle from a single supplier. While all the vehicles do come with the appurtenant equipment installed, a broad range of accessories is additionally available for the entire programme.
Specially for the construction industry and ancillary trades and as part of VanSolution, Mercedes-Benz offers the Sprinter with a single cab and with a crewcab together with a three-way tipper in steel from Meiller. If maximum payload is called for, the buyer can opt for a three-way tipper from Dautel. In cooperation with protection, low and medium-high drop-side bodies are available as alternatives to the factory-mounted drop-side body. The Vito with the ready-for-use fittings from Sortimo is ideal for the construction trades.
VanPartner: the certificate from Mercedes-Benz Vans
In a second tier, end customers are able to find their special-purpose vehicle on the publicly accessible international information platform As a portal it offers an overview of around 350 product solutions from 235 partner companies. Information is available in eleven languages.
The companies featured on the website qualify as a VanPartner by Mercedes-Benz and have achieved a special status: Mercedes-Benz Vans recommends these partners to the customer for dual-invoice transactions. Certification is preceded by a qualification process: the Bodybuilder Centre checks and assesses both the quality of the bodybuilder and the quality of its sales and service operations. All bodies and conversions are produced in accordance with the body/equipment mounting directives, or have a certificate of non-objection.
Listed by VanPartners in the portal are drop-side bodies, three-way and rear-end tippers, vehicle equipment, tarpaulin bodies, stowage boxes for drop-side bodies, low-loader drop-side bodies, glass transporters, top carriers and ladder racks and crane bodies for the construction sector.
The exhibition vehicles at Bauma in detail
With four vehicles Mercedes-Benz Vans is presenting a representative cross-section of its vans for the construction sector. From the VanSolution range there is a Sprinter 313 BlueTec as a crewcab with a perm. GVW of 3.5 t, 3665 mm wheelbase and three-way tipper from Dautel. Only weighing in at around 370 kg, the tipper body is based on a weight-optimised aluminium structure from the subframe through the floor's longitudinal members and crossmembers to the tailboards. At the front and rear the tipper is equipped with a stowage frame; a stowage crate for accessories is mounted beneath the load area. There is a suitable engine with an output of 95 kW (129 hp), and it corresponds to emissions level Euro VI. Reinforced shock absorbers and springs plus reinforced stabiliser bars and a front axle with an increased payload emphasise the van's loading capacity. It is also equipped with a Driving Assistance package comprising the Lane Keeping and Highbeam Assist plus Collision Prevention Assist.
As the 516 BlueTec and with a GVW of 5.0 t the second Sprinter is positioned at the upper end of the model range. It bears a factory-mounted drop-side body with aluminium tailboards behind the cab and stowage boxes on the left and right beneath the body. A large Bott Tainer stowage box is mounted on the drop-side body's firewall. The trailer coupling is configured for a towing capacity of 3.5 t. Thanks to its output of 120 kW (163 hp) the engine boasts the appropriate performance in accordance with emissions level Euro VI. With the Driving Assistance package comprising the Lane Keeping and Highbeam Assist and Collision Prevention Assist paramount importance is attached to safety here too.
Presenting itself at Bauma as an all-rounder for tough applications in the construction industry is the Vito 116 BlueTec as the Mixto with all-wheel drive. A team of five workers can take a seat on the front seats and on the three-passenger bench seat in the passenger compartment in front of the partition to the load compartment. Heavy-duty vehicle equipment from Sortimo is installed behind this, illuminated by a factory-mounted LED light strip. A Jumbo Unit with a large-capacity drawer forms the basis of the equipment. Fitted on this are two WorkMo blocks with drawers. Heavy-duty bars on the walls hold chains, cables or loops. The TOP LOAD package from Mercedes-Benz enables cargo to be transported on the roof. It has basic carrier bars, two cross-bars, a ladder rack with a roller plus accessories for load securing. And in case all this does not suffice, the trailer coupling with a tensile load of 2.5 t is used. With outstanding capability the engine with an output of 120 kW (163 hp) also moves a car/trailer combination in conjunction with the torque-converter automatic transmission 7G-TRONIC PLUS. Maximum safety is ensured by assistance systems such as Collision Prevention Assist plus Blind Spot and Lane Keeping Assist.
The long version of the 111 CDI Citan on display is not quite so spectacular but just as useful. With the Construction package, a weight variant of 2.2 t GVW, trailer coupling and its powerful engine with an output of 81 kW (110 hp) it too is prepared for hard work. The Bott Vario makes optimum use of the load compartment. At the height of the sliding door a block with heavy-duty drawers and aluminium tubs is transversely installed. The features at the rear right include a floor compartment, aluminium tubs, an assortment of shelves plus a pull-out-design counter with a vice and turntable. In the tail end there is also an underfloor module and a heavy load hoist.
Mercedes-Benz Vito
Mercedes-Benz Citan
Mercedes-Benz Vito – Category Workshop and Construction, Sortimo, Exterior
Mercedes-Benz Vito – Category Workshop and Construction, Sortimo, Interior
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter – Category Workshop and Construction, Bott, Interior
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Mercedes-Benz Vito Panel Van, 116 CDI, exterior
Mercedes-Benz Vito Panel Van, 116 CDI, exterior, jupiter red
Mercedes-Benz Vito Panel Van, 116 CDI, exterior, jupiter red
Mercedes-Benz Vito Panel Van, 116 CDI, exterior, jupiter red
Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer BASE, 111 CDI, exterior, flint grey metallic
Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer BASE, 111 CDI, exterior, flint grey metallic
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Mercedes-Benz Citan: Citan 111 CDI, Mixto, interior
Mercedes-Benz Citan: Citan 111 CDI, Mixto, exterior
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2013, Flatbed, exterior
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2013, Panel van, exterior
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2013, Panel van, exterior
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2013, Crew bus, exterior
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2013, exterior
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2013, model range, exterior
Mercedes-Benz Citan, 2012
Mercedes-Benz Citan, urban delivery van, exterior
Mercedes-Benz Citan, urban delivery van, exterior
Mercedes-Benz Citan, urban delivery van, exterior
Mercedes-Benz Citan, urban delivery van, exterior
Mercedes-Benz Citan, urban delivery van, exterior
Mercedes-Benz Citan, urban delivery van, exterior
Mercedes-Benz Citan, urban delivery van, exterior