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Mercedes-Benz is building on the strong foundation its Sprinter cargo van has developed in North America and is now introducing a mid-sized work-van called the Metris.

The van had its global debut today at the 2015 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis and will hit U.S. dealers in October 2015. You may recognize the Metris by another name: “Vito,” which remains the midsize commercial van nameplate for all other global markets.

With a starting price of $29,945 for the cargo version and $33,495 for the passenger models, the Metris is longer and wider than the Ford Transit Connect and Nissan NV200. The van will use a four-cylinder gas engine that delivers 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, to the rear-wheels via a 7-speed automatic transmission.

While all models come with a crosswind assistance system to help the van drive straight in heavy winds, the Metris also comes with attention assist, that can detect when drivers may be drowsy or distracted. Optional features include an active parking assist system, lane keeping assist, parking sensors, collision prevention assist, blind spot assist, and a rearview camera.

While the new van is a big deal to commercial truck drivers, Mercedes quickly shot down any thoughts that the V-Class luxury van would be hitting North America.
 

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Why is Mercedes not going to join this segment? Is the luxury aspect just not valued there, or is the segment dominated too much by American brands currently?
 

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All good things come to those who are patient.

You will be seeing things coming to the USA from Mercedes in regards to upgraded passenger vans, diesel engines and AWD in the future. This company never moves quickly with new products. They will be rolling out changes but not this year, maybe next year, but maybe even two years from now. In the dealerships we have learned to be patient and these things will come in the future. They are forecasting to sell 8500 Metris vans in the USA for 2016, and it will grow from there.


I will do everything I can to keep this forum updated with info as I get it, but please hang in there, good things will be coming in our future.


Dave, the MetrisMan




Why is Mercedes not going to join this segment? Is the luxury aspect just not valued there, or is the segment dominated too much by American brands currently?
 
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