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Spy photographers have caught this peculiar test vehicle recently. At first glance, you wouldn't be wrong for thinking it was possibly a facelift version of the Renault Kangoo. But upon closer inspection a different story emerges.

What you're seeing here is actually a prototype for the 2012 Mercedes Benz City Van. Thanks to the German, French and Japanese global car alliance between Daimler and Renault Nissan announced last year, Mercedes-Benz is planing to introduce this model as their smallest commercial vehicle to be positioned below the Vito/Viano van.

Essentially a rebadged Renault Kangoo light commercial vehicle, one of the clues which reveal it as a Mercedes-Benz prototype is the camouflage. Almost as a defining trait, each auto maker has their own distinctive style of camouflage. This style of an intricate black and white camouflage is the same pattern Mercedes is using with all of their current commercial vehicles including industrial trucks and buses.

If it's more proof you need, then one look at the license plate shows a German number plate registered to Mercedes-Benz.

Gallery: Renault Kangoo spied as Mercedes Benz City Van for first time

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