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.