Comfort for the passengers

Comfort for the passengers

Low steps and low-floor design throughout make boarding and exiting the bus easy and help to speed up passenger movement through the bus. At a width of 2.55 m and with an extended wheelbase, the interior has a spacious and airy feel to it. This is also due to the large panoramic windows which have a lower-slung window line.

In all sections of the vehicle, the standing room is extremely generous, even for tall people.

The seats of the Citaro are extraordinarily robust and resistant, whilst also being very comfortable. This is because the seat cushions have ergonomically shaped upholstery, thereby offering optimal comfort. They are really pleasant to sit in. And on the occasions when passengers have to stand, they are guaranteed to feel stable and supported using our flexible support rail system – all the way through from the front to the back of the bus.

The Citaro sets benchmarks in handling comfort, as well. Regardless of the number of passengers or the state of the roads, this comfortable regular-service bus has the perfect suspension for every situation. This is provided by the optional roll and pitch control which works with electronically-controlled shock absorbers. It automatically stabilises the vehicle and improves handling comfort.

And on the occasions when passengers have to stand, they are guaranteed to feel stable and supported using our flexible handrail system – all the way through from the front to the back of the bus.

The vertical grab rails essentially have the same outward curving shape as their predecessors, which have become a standard for the sector. They are now split evenly into two rows and anchored into a ceiling section running the length of the bus, giving the interior a calm, uncluttered appearance.

Straight grab rails are installed in the front area. They are positioned further out to the sides of the vehicle and optically open up the vehicle interior to boarding passengers. The horizontal grab rails are now installed in front of the vertical rods; this also lends a calm look in the passenger area, whilst also creating a guiding line when looking through the space.

The new stop request buttons throughout the compartment can be easily located, in particular making things easier for passengers with impaired vision.

The new inward-swinging doors, manufactured in-house, are lightweight and low-maintenance and fit snugly at the bottom when closed thanks to an optimised rubber seal. In this way, the majority of wind noises in the interior are reduced. The new doors stand out for their low weight, sturdy frames and highly accurate fit. The door wings available as optional equipment are individually controllable and can be operated separately.

The Citaro can now optionally be fitted with a pivot-and-slide door, exclusive to the Citaro, for the front entry door. It opens to the front and, slightly tilted, slides past the right exterior mirror without touching it. The new pivot-and-slide door is lightweight and extremely stable, and was optimised also with a view to minimising maintenance.

Wheelchair users and people with restricted mobility can also board the vehicle without difficulties. The Citaro can of course be equipped to a specification suitable for disabled users in line with applicable EU directives. The vehicle's specification already complies with ECE Directive R107.

The climate in the Citaro is truly to be appreciated – at any time of the year. Thermostatically-controlled wall-mounted heaters provide feel-good temperatures in winter. The perforated inner ceiling supports the automatic ventilation of the passenger compartment. And you can further increase your passengers' feeling of comfort with the powerful air conditioning system with integral roof heating.

Its relation to the Citaro family is clearly evident in the passenger area of the Citaro LE, which includes wall-mounted cantilever seats for the urban bus as well as twin seats with aisle-side supporting feet and the classic grab rails which curve outwards at the top. The raised ceiling in the rear area faithfully reflects the design of the front ceiling area.

The cross duct in the transition from the low-floor front section to the raised rear section conveniently accommodates a destination display or a monitor for the rear rows of seats. Two low steps in front of the rear axle, each 195 mm high, lead up to the raised-floor area at the rear. Thanks to the roof being raised by 310 mm here, the feeling of spaciousness at the rear is as pleasant as at the front of the bus. The floor-to-ceiling height in front of the rear platform is a generous 2.05 m. The raised floor sector rises only gently after the second door, and dispenses completely with steps.

This benefits passive safety and makes it easier to clean the vehicle. All the seats in the rear of the bus face forwards. The seat rows rise steadily from front to rear like cinema seats. The ample rear bench seat can accommodate five passengers.

The new RO 440 bus drive axle for all high-floor and high-deck buses represents a comprehensive further development of the previous axle: not only is it lighter, but thanks to its optimised gearing, it is quieter and more efficient due to reduced oil splashing losses in the axle, which reduces consumption noticeably.