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English   The new Mercedes-Benz Citaro regular-service bus
19.06.2011 von admin

The new Citaro in detail: cheerful and distinctive design

The new Citaro face that retains the characteristic A-zero pillars in the front end is especially eye-catching. The new Citaro greets passengers with a friendly smile. The large almond-shaped headlamps and, above all, the rounded forms of the front end help to rid the Citaro of the austere appearance that is so typical of regular-service buses with their space-maximising, box-shaped bodies.

The new Mercedes-Benz Citaro with 3 doors.

Design elements produce an unmistakable silhouette

As the driver’s workstation in the new Citaro has been raised by 60 mm, the windscreen and destination display have been moved upwards too. The vehicle body height has remained unchanged though, so the A-zero pillars on the new Citaro now merge elegantly into a three-dimensional lateral design element on the roof. This conceals both the raised ridge of the destination display and any further superstructures fitted on the roof, while also giving the new Citaro an unmistakable silhouette. The front end’s higher front fascia now includes a notch for the windscreen wiper linkage. At the bottom, the front section ends in a new, more rounded bumper.

Slight increase in wheelbase and front overhang

As a result of the extended front overhang (+ 100 mm) and longer wheelbase (+ 55 mm), the rigid version of the Citaro has increased in length from 11,950 to 12,105 mm compared to its predecessor. The Citaro’s modular design concept means that the extra length is transferred to the articulated Citaro G model too. The increase in wheelbase size is a result of the larger installation space required for the drive units of future Euro VI versions. The new wheelbase furthermore makes all seating variants possible, just as the current model does. The increase in the length of the front overhang was prompted by design requirements and by the inclusion of a new crash element to give the driver added protection in a collision.

The new Mercedes-Benz Citaro with 2 doors.

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