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2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Commercial Van First Look

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/5/2015 Manufacturer, Karla Sanchez

We've seen plenty of new Mercedes-Benz Metris midsize cargo vans dressed up as crazy concepts -- like the Party/DJ van -- but the Metris' unveiling at the NTEA Work Truck show this week was the first time seeing it in regular guise.

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The Mercedes-Benz Metris, currently named "Vito" in other markets around the globe, will slot below the large Sprinter commercial van when it arrives in U.S. showrooms October 2015 in passenger and cargo van versions. Mercedes stresses that the Metris is in its own segment since it's larger than a Transit Connect but smaller than Sprinter, Ram ProMaster, or full-size Transit. Compared to the 233.3-inch long Sprinter, the Metris is 202.4 inches, with a 75.9-inch width versus the Sprinter's 79.7 inches. Standing 74.8 inches tall, the Metris is almost 22 inches shorter than the Sprinter, making it easier to park in garages. While its size already makes it stand out, a variety of other things should help widen the Metris' appeal, such as the high level of craftsmanship, generous number of advanced safety features, and its cargo and towing capacity.

MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image Mercedes says the Metris will boast a comfortable and ergonomic interior, with large cupholders and several interior touches coming from other recent additions to the German automaker's lineup. As for advanced safety systems, the cargo van variant will come standard with six airbags, while the passenger van will have eight. Both variants will come standard with Mercedes' Attention Assist system in addition to crosswind assist and a load-adaptive electronic stability program. Available features include active parking assist, lane-keep assist, Parktronic, collision prevention, blind-spot monitoring, and a rearview camera.

MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image Although Mercedes hasn't revealed detailed specs, it claims the Metris will have a high towing capacity thanks to its powerful four-cylinder engine that makes 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Next to the Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes says the Metris has 54 percent more payload and 45 percent more cargo volume. As for the Nissan NV200, the Metris boasts 73 percent more payload and more than 50 percent more cargo volume. Even though it's slightly smaller than the Ram C/V Tradesman, it has 39 percent more payload and 29 percent more cargo volume. Power is routed to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission, and a start-stop system is available specifically for the U.S. market.

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Commercial Van First Look

When it finally arrives in more than 200 U.S. dealers, the van will start at $29,945 for the cargo van and $33,495 for the passenger version, including destination. MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image

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