Mercedes improves its presence in the US van market with the introduction of the new Metris van, a derivative of current Vito. The car was introduce during Work Truck Show NTEA on March 4th, and will reach its first customers in September.
The Metris will be available in a variety of panel van (cargo) and Tourer (passenger) versions at more than 200 dealerships run by Mercedes-Benz Vans USA. It will be the second Mercedes-Benz van on the U.S. market after the Sprinter.
The Metris is a version of the new Mercedes-Benz Vito that has been especially adapted to the North American market. It is larger and at its market launch is equipped with a four cylinder gasoline engine that has 1.9 liters of displacement. the turbocharged engine produces 155 kW (211 hp) of output and a maximum torque of 350 Nm.
The Metris panel van features airbags and a seatbelt warning system for both the driver and front passenger as standard equipment. Boasting up to eight airbags for the driver and passengers, the Metris Tourer is the new benchmark in this regard.
Standard equipment in the Metris also includes a tire pressure monitoring system and the Attention Assist system. As a unique feature for a midsize van, the Metris also comes with Crosswind Assist as standard equipment.