THE new Mercedes-Benz Vito panel van promises to put more money in the pocket of tradespeople and professionals.
That’s because the new Mercedes Vito van, which will be available from March 2015 in the UK, promises fuel savings of some 20% thanks to stop-start technology and more efficient Euro 6 engines.
Based on the bold new luxury V Class MPV model (see photos) – and built alongside it in the company’s Spanish Vitoria plant following a 190m Euro (£156m) investment – the Vito will be launched in September following its unveiling at the Hanover Commercial Vehicle Show (23 Sep-02 Oct).
“Hardware and safety is important to business van operators but efficiency is fundamental,” Simon Neil, sales director at Mercedes-Benz Vans told Business Vans.
“With our new engine technology van users could see a 20% benefit in fuel efficiency. I’ve driven the V Class product and what’s planned – I’m excited about it. It raises the bar for us.”
Simon said that the increasing focus on urbanisation and clean air issues would start to have an increasing influence on van choice. “Stop start tech is a huge opportunity,” Simon added.
The new Mercedes V Class will be offered in two lengths: Long 5170mm (current Vito is 5008mm) and Extra Long 5370mm (current Vito 5238mm). So it looks like capacity of the Vito will be better.
Meanwhile the V Class will be offered with two choices of turbodiesel engine both based on Mercedes’ 2.1-litre four-cylinder with two-stage turbocharging: a 220 CDI with 163hp and 380Nm and a 250 BlueTEC with 190hp and 440Nm.
The interior of the V Class (pictured) shows a sumptuous cabin in keeping with the MPV’s luxury aspirations. While we don’t expect the Mercedes Vito to be covered in leather, we do expect the cabin to be much more car like and to exceed the excellent cabin standards set by the Ford Transit Custom and the new Renault Trafic and Vauxhall Vivaro.
For more on the Mercedes Vito
Read how Mercedes is focusing its van division on tradespeople and SME van users in the editor’s blog with Simon Neil.