Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its latest van as a base for 'micro camper vans' - see inside

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its latest van as a base for 'micro camper vans' - see inside
  • Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new Citan van that can be used for "micro" camper van conversions.
  • The van is currently on display at the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf with a camper van module.
  • Mercedes-Benz's Sprinter van is already a cult classic among camper van enthusiasts.

Mercedes-Benz has established itself as a key player in the RV industry as camper van conversion companies and DIYers continue to use the automaker's Sprinter van as a base for tiny homes on wheels.

Mercedes-Benz has established itself as a key player in the RV industry as camper van conversion companies and DIYers continue to use the automaker's Sprinter van as a base for tiny homes on wheels.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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Now, Mercedes-Benz is building on this RV-friendly reputation by unveiling the latest generation of the Citan, a van targeted at the "micro camper van conversion" industry.

Now, Mercedes-Benz is building on this RV-friendly reputation by unveiling the latest generation of the Citan, a van targeted at the "micro camper van conversion" industry.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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The automaker is currently displaying the upcoming van at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The automaker is currently displaying the upcoming van at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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If you take a closer look, you'll find that the van has been outfitted by VanEssa mobilcamping, which specializes in camper van modules …

If you take a closer look, you'll find that the van has been outfitted by VanEssa mobilcamping, which specializes in camper van modules …
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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… such as the one being displayed in the Citan, as seen in the prototype below.

… such as the one being displayed in the Citan, as seen in the prototype below.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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"The travel and leisure vehicle market is increasingly important for us as part of our strategic orientation," Klaus Rehkugler, the head of sales and marketing at Mercedes-Benz Vans, said in a press release.

"The travel and leisure vehicle market is increasingly important for us as part of our strategic orientation," Klaus Rehkugler, the head of sales and marketing at Mercedes-Benz Vans, said in a press release.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler

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"This also applies to the brand new generation of our Citan, which is an ideal basic vehicle for micro camper van conversions," Rehkugler continued.

"This also applies to the brand new generation of our Citan, which is an ideal basic vehicle for micro camper van conversions," Rehkugler continued.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler

Source: Daimler

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The standard Citan wheelbase on the Tourer and Panel Van iterations will be almost 9 feet long.

The standard Citan wheelbase on the Tourer and Panel Van iterations will be almost 9 feet long.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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In the future, the Citan Mixto will have a longer wheelbase.

In the future, the Citan Mixto will have a longer wheelbase.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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Now let's take a closer look at the prototype Citan Tourer that's been turned into a camper van.

Now let's take a closer look at the prototype Citan Tourer that's been turned into a camper van.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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The camper modules inside the example Citan van include a kitchen and a bed.

The camper modules inside the example Citan van include a kitchen and a bed.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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Let's start with the kitchen, which extends out the rear of the van.

Let's start with the kitchen, which extends out the rear of the van.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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All food preparation and cooking tools are hidden within the drawers of the 132-pound module.

All food preparation and cooking tools are hidden within the drawers of the 132-pound module.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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This includes the gas stovetop, refrigerator …

This includes the gas stovetop, refrigerator …
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… and sink that's attached to a roughly 3.4-gallon water tank.

… and sink that's attached to a roughly 3.4-gallon water tank.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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The kitchen module also has integrated storage units that can hold onto all the necessary cookware and supplies.

The kitchen module also has integrated storage units that can hold onto all the necessary cookware and supplies.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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The kitchen module can also be removed quickly to turn the tiny home on wheels back into your typical van.

The kitchen module can also be removed quickly to turn the tiny home on wheels back into your typical van.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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Now onto the sleeping system, which turns the rear of the van and its seats into a mattress-topped slumber space.

Now onto the sleeping system, which turns the rear of the van and its seats into a mattress-topped slumber space.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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The 3.8-foot wide, 6.2-foot long sleeping space can accommodate up to two people.

The 3.8-foot wide, 6.2-foot long sleeping space can accommodate up to two people.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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When the bed isn't in use, it can be stored above the kitchen unit ...

When the bed isn't in use, it can be stored above the kitchen unit ...
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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... which allows passengers to regain access to the Citan's rear seats.

... which allows passengers to regain access to the Citan's rear seats.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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Looking for your next micro tiny home base?

Looking for your next micro tiny home base?
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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If you want the Citan, you'll have to be patient: the van won't be available until 2022.

If you want the Citan, you'll have to be patient: the van won't be available until 2022.
The upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan with a VanEssa mobilcamping camper module. Daimler
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