MAN Truck & Bus



The low-entry bus segment is currently enjoying strong growth. LE vehicles provide step-free access and a low floor area at the front of the vehicle, while the rear passenger compartment has a higher floor. The new MAN Lion's Intercity LE combines the advantages of both urban and interurban buses, thus offering the best of both worlds. This new member of the MAN bus family sets new standards in its class – simply due to its looks. 

There was huge interest: around 60 journalists from 24 countries came to Munich at the end of September to attend the MAN press days and gain a personal impression of the MAN Lion’s Intercity LE. MAN is using this bus to introduce a new player into the booming low-entry market. Will the vehicle hold its own here? What are its unique selling points? What can customers look forward to – and what will the competition have to confront? These were a few of the questions that animated the media representatives. “I believe we were able to provide convincing answers to all their questions”, says Sebastian Römer, launch manager and sub-project sales manager for the MAN Lion’s Intercity LE. “In any case, the initial reactions to our new bus were fantastic.”


That’s not really surprising. MAN has ultimately developed the Lion’s Intercity LE and created a modern entry-level model that ideally combines the advantages of a low-floor with those of a high-floor vehicle. So this bus is ideally suited for both urban and interurban traffic. “In specific terms, we’ve combined the rear section of the Lion’s Intercity with the low-floor front section of the current Lion’s City”, Sebastian Römer explains. “This enabled us not only to optimise the seating capacity, but also for instance to use the latest design of hypoid axles, which are less complex and therefore more cost-effective.” This is also noticeable in the price. Its efficient modular design and low-cost components mean that the price of the MAN Lion’s Intercity LE is significantly lower than that for other LE vehicles. There is also the fact that this bus is particularly efficient in operation. This is due to the composites used in the roof construction. They are very light and therefore reduce fuel consumption. This gives the bus tangible competitive advantages in the hotly contested low-entry segment.


Yet the Lion’s Intercity LE looks anything but “price-optimised”. “The consistent further development of our successful MAN smart-edge design brings a whole new splendour to the price-sensitive LE segment. Even practically oriented buses are allowed to exhibit high-quality and good looks. Our new MAN Lion’s Intercity LE combines the best of both worlds in the most attractive way!”, suggests Stephan Schönherr, vice president of bus design. There are incidentally two quite different individual vehicles concealed beneath the characteristic exterior. “Our customers enjoy massive flexibility when configuring their MAN Lion’s Intercity LE”, Römer stresses. “They can tailor the bus to their needs and specific deployment requirements.” The seating arrangement and seat types are freely selectable, and customers can even choose their particular handrails and luggage racks. Depending on requirements, the bus can either be configured primarily as an urban bus or primarily as an interurban bus. Two equipment versions of the driver’s compartment are available. Operators can also dip into the MAN construction set to select suitable door configurations and many other elements.

Highlights des MAN Lion’s Intercity LE


This new low-entry model simultaneously replaces three model series: the Lion’s City LE series, the Lion’s City Ü (A 20) and den Lion’s City LE/Ü (A 78). The first two series are being phased out at the end of 2021, and the last one at the end of 2022, since they no longer meet the stricter emission standards. “The MAN Lion’s Intercity LE now gives us a worthy and viable successor to these popular models”, Sebastian Römer believes.

Text   Dagmar Puh
Photos   Michael Bäter


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