Mercedes reveals 2014 Vito

2014 Mercedes Benz Vito 1 Mercedes reveals 2014 Vito

2014 Mercedes Benz Vito 4 Mercedes reveals 2014 Vito

Apart from building fabulous cars, German pioneers Mercedes is also known as one the major players in light van vehicle segment. The ‘Mercedes Vito’ (V Class) light van was first launched in the year 1996. It replaced the older ‘MB100’ series. The van can be used both as a cargo van and a passenger van. The ‘Vito’ also has a more up-market variant known as the ‘Viano’. The German manufacturer is now ready with the 2014 edition of the Vito which was revealed recently. The official press release states, “The New Mercedes-Benz Vito: Low on costs, high on payload, expert on safety – as a mid-size van the new Vito sets benchmarks… Offering tangible external strengths, great intrinsic values, maximum benefit and low costs, the new Mercedes-Benz Vito is the versatile and real professional among mid-size vans with a permissible gross vehicle weight between 2.8 and 3.2 tonnes. Although it has a record-level payload the purchase price and maintenance costs are unexpectedly low… From skilled crafts and trades to retail, service providers, shuttle services and taxis – the new Vito is truly one vehicle for all. The Vito panel van is the only model in its class available in three lengths and with three different drive systems. With up to 1369 kg of cargo capacity, it has the highest payload in its class. Meanwhile the Vito Mixto featuring a crewcab combines the advantages of a panel van with those of a crewbus. The new Vito Tourer sees Mercedes-Benz opening an entirely new chapter in passenger transport. There are three versions available: the functional and rugged Vito Tourer BASE, the versatile Vito Tourer PRO and the premium Vito Tourer SELECT. By virtue of this complete model family, the Tourer can be tailored to accommodate all types of passenger transport.

As expected this latest version of the ‘Vito’ looks like a more utilitarian version of the V-Class van. It will have a wide variety of configurations to make more impact in the market and reach out to more customers. The ‘Vito’ offers a class leading 1,369 kg cargo capacity in the mid-size van segment. In addition to the regular rear-wheel drive, a new front-wheel drive system has also been introduced. It is 140mm longer than the outgoing model and will come in three different length options- 4895mm, 5140mm and 5730mm.

Features

The new ‘Mercedes Vito’ van range will feature the ‘Vito Crew’, the panel van and the ‘Vito Tourer’. The ‘Vito Tourer’ is developed for passenger transport and comes in PRO and SELECT variants. The standard panel van and the Crew are suited to carry high loads of cargo but also have a comfort suspension (standard feature on the Tourer) for the ‘Vito Crew’. The springs are also less taut and the shock absorbers are more sensitive. All of the models are fitted with powerful disc brakes, airbags (up to eight as per the version) and adaptive ESP.

There is a new Crosswind Assist feature that “virtually eliminates the effects of gusts acting on the vehicle.” All versions of the model range have tire pressure monitoring system. There are optional features like – Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Active Parking Assist. By paying a little extra buyers can add features like Intelligent Light System (LED low-beams, daytime running lights and indicators)

Engine

The front-wheel drive comes with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder v109 CDI engine with 88 PS (65 kW) and a 111 CDI unit with 114 PS (84 kW). The rear-wheel drive comes with a 2.15-liter 4-cylinder CDI engine with power options of 136 PS (100 kW) and 163 PS (120 kW). There is also a 190 PS (140 kW) BlueTEC engine. The standard transmission is a 6 speed manual while a 7-speed automatic transmission is also optionally available.

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