A NEW Mercedes Vito. How could we resist the temptation to get a first look around this important new panel van?
Quite. We couldn’t. And didn’t.
So to whet Business Vans readers appetites in advance of the UK launch next March, we thought we’d ask those in the know, 10 reasons why the mid-sized Mercedes van should be top of your shopping list.
Who better to give this advice about the new Mercedes Vito, than van product manager at Mercedes, John Reed?
Business Vans caught up with John and the new Vito at the van’s premier in Berlin, where he gave us his exclusive thoughts on what features of the new van are going to attract UK buyers.
Over to you John…
1. Front and rear-wheel drive chassis options
“This equals more choice and will give more options for new Vito buyers.
“The new front-wheel drive option will suit urban buyers, while proven rear-wheel drive, will be the obvious option for those carrying heavy weights or towing.”
2. Fuel consumption
“49.56mpg from the 160bhp, 2.1-litre in the new Vito is a 20% better than the current van and unmatched in this category of van.
3. Whole life cost
“Germany is already predicting an improvement in residuals between two and five per cent for new Vito.
“We’re already competitive, although not quite at the top. Current thinking is, the new Vito will take us back there.”
The new Vito’s got lots of new tech as standard including Attention Assist and Crosswind Assist – both unique in this class.
“This is on top of Active Parking Assist, that debuted on Sprinter.”
5. 7G-Tronic transmission
“Fitting this transmission will equal lower fuel consumption and I think it will be unique to the new Vito in the medium van class.
“Germany is predicting 15 to 20 per cent of Vito sales are likely to be an auto, we think 15 per cent of UK buyers will choose the auto.”
6. NVH – Noise Vibration and Harshness
“I drove a prototype last week and it is noticeably more refined to drive than the current Vito.
“The engineers have spent a lot of time on suspension tuning and bodywork design – especially round the door seals and cavities.”
“Front and rear LED lights are available as an option on the new Vito – we call the option ILS.
“They last longer and are cleverer than Zenons, in fact the new Vito has the most extensive use of LEDs in a van. This technology has filtered down directly from our car ranges.”
8. Payload increase for front-wheel drive 1.6-litre versions
“An impressive 120 kg benefit in new Vito, when compared to the current 110CDI versions.”
“We’ve brought some elements across from Sprinter, for example the telematics system in the new Vito from Becker is interchangeable between vans and updatable via the Becker website.
“Additionally, we have the choice of two stereos in new Vito, standard or upgraded with a colour screen. With sat-nav and a rear parking camera as additional options.”
“We’ve worked hard with security centre Thatcham to see how long it takes to physically steal a van. Then developed the new Vito’s security features around this research.
“A Cat 1 immobiliser is standard on the new Vito, with a Cat 1 alarm available on the options list.”
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