DETAILS of one of the most eagerly awaiting new vans of the year have been released ahead of its launch on 14 April at the CV Show in the NEC.
The new generation Mercedes Vito will come in a choice of three lengths, three weight variants, and two turbo-diesel engines in five power ratings and for the first time in this segment, there is the choice between front- and rear-wheel drive.
Vito prices start from £17,855 ex VAT for the 109 CDI panel van Compact.
In addition to the panel van, the Vito crew van combines the advantages of a panel van with those of a crew-bus. For more focus on passenger carrying, the new Tourer is available in two versions – Vito Tourer PRO and Vito Tourer SELECT, which come with eight seats including driver as standard and the potential to optionally specify nine seats in total.
- With the 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine, the front-wheel drive panel van’s kerb weight for the compact length is just 1,845 kg and payload is 955 kg.
- Payload champion is the rear-wheel drive Vito with four-cylinder 2.1-litre engine and a gvw of 3.2 t, with maximum payload of 1,255 kg.
- BlueEFFICIENCY is on all rear-wheel drive models, and helps hit 47.1 mpg combined in the 119 BlueTEC. Enhancements include alternator management, with the battery charging during coasting or deceleration; improved underbody aerodynamics; and ECO start/stop function.
- Six-speed manual transmission is standard, with a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission with torque converter optional for the 114 BlueTEC and 116 BlueTEC, and standard on the 119 BlueTEC. The New Vito offers the world’s only automatic transmission with torque converter and seven gears.