[PHOTOS] 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Van Slated for October 2015 Release
The all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris mid-size commercial van debuted last week at the NTEA Work Truck Show, held in Indianapolis. The Metris van will be available in October of this year at more than 200 Mercedes-Benz dealerships in the United States and Canada. Meanwhile, Mercedes will continue to sell the Vito, the Metris’ sibling vehicle, globally. See a full photo gallery here.
Motivated by a four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed automatic tranny that sends power to the rear wheels, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris van delivers 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Despite its size (it is smaller than the Sprinter, but larger than small vans), the Metris manages to be fuel-efficient, with an optional ECO start/stop system developed specifically for the North American market.
The Metris is 30.9 inches shorter in length than the Sprinter at 202.4 inches, 3.8 inches smaller in width at 75.9 inches, and noticeably 21.5 inches shorter in height at 74.8 inches. It delivers 700+ lbs more payload than the Ram C/V Tradesman, 880+ lbs more than the Ford Transit Connect, and 1,000+ lbs more than the Nissan NV200 SV. It also offers 29% more cargo volume than the Ram C/V Tradesman, 45% more than the Ford Transit Connect, and 50% more than the Nissan NV200 SV.
Of course, the Metris mid-size commercial van comes with a number of safety features, both for the Cargo and Passenger variants; the former gets six airbags and the latter gets eight. Other safety features include ATTENTION ASSIST, Crosswind Assist, and load-adaptive ESP, all standard. Optional features include Active Parking Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Collision Prevention Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, PARKTRONIC, and a rearview camera.
When the Mercedes Metris van hits dealerships this fall, it’ll carry an MSRP of $28,950 for the Cargo and $32,500 for the Passenger; neither price includes the $995 destination charge.