Few of you know that one of the most popular big taxis in London is the Mercedes-Benz Vito. The van, launched in 2008 and sold in 3000 units, is now ready for a change with the arrival of a new generation.
The 2016 Vito Taxi is more spacious, can transport up to six people and is fully-wheelchair accessible. Available initially in a National specification, customers can choose from the front wheel-drive 109 CDI model, with an 88 hp Euro 6 engine, or the 114 CDI with a 114 hp Euro 6 engine, which drives the rear wheels. Both come with manual gearboxes (optional seven-speed automatic gearbox is available for the 114 CDI models) and in Compact or Long body lengths.
Later in 2016, a London specification version will be available, incorporating the rear steering axle that allows it to meet the famous 25ft turning circle rule as prescribed by the Public Carriage Office so it can execute a U-turn in London’s congested streets.
The London variant is offered with the more powerful engine as standard together with the 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic gearbox, which is now controlled using a steering column-mounted lever.
Standard equipment on both versions includes Start/Stop function for the 114 CDI models, air conditioning for driver and passengers, electric folding mirrors, electrically operated sliding doors on both sides and electrical nearside step (London versions feature an additional off-side step).