2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris features: passenger van and cargo van coming to US in October


Daimler AG, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles, is bringing the mid-sized Mercedes-Benz Metris van to the United States. The vehicle is expected to go on sale in October.

Globally known as “Vito,” Metris will come in two models: 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris passenger van and 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van. The passenger van is described by some reviews to be more of a family friendly vehicle while the aargo van is expected to do well with businesses for shipping items.

The dimensions are said to be just the right size with length of 202 inches, width of 75 inches and height of 74.8 inches, making it the right fit for most garages. Additionally, there is a slightly contoured line at the back to improve aerodynamics. It has a seating capacity of eight persons.

When loading cargo, the passenger van can carry 38 cubic feet while the cargo van has the ability to load 186 cubic feet or roughly 2,500 pounds while still towing 5,000 pounds.

Safety measures include eight bags for passenger and six for cargo. It also has Attention Assist, Crosswind Assist and load-adaptive ESP. Owners also have the option to utilize Lane Keeping and Active Parking Assists, Parktronic, Collision Prevention, Blind Spot and a back camera.

Under the hood, it is powered by turbo-charged and direct injected four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine which uses gas with a tank that can hold up to 18.4 gallons of fuel. The engine has 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque combined with 7G-tronic and 7-speed automatic transmission that can be driven up to 15,000 miles before oil change is required. .

In order to save more fuel, it will also have a start/stop feature and a button that allows the driver to choose from Eco, Comfort and Manual modes.

The base price of passenger van is $32,500 while the cargo van starts selling at $28,950.

According to Left Lane News, both vans will only be available in more than 300 Mercedes-Benz Vans Dealer network across the state and not in the regular Mercedes dealer showrooms.