Mercedes-Benz to Introduce the Vito Van in U.S.

Aug 6, 2014

“We‘re attacking in the mid-size van segment,” said Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “We’re now offering new entry-level variants in our traditional markets. But we also plan to conquer new markets, such as North and Latin America, with the new Vito. The vehicle will follow in the footsteps of the Sprinter and become our second global model.”

The new Vito will be launched in Germany in October 2014. The model will subsequently be introduced in other European countries and North America.

Average NEDC diesel consumption has been reduced by around 20 percent compared to the predecessor model. The Vito 116 CDI with BlueEfficiency package and truck registration has a certified fuel consumption of 41 miles per gallon. All the new Vito engine variants have a long maintenance interval of up to 25,000 miles or two years.

The Vito panel is equipped with airbags and a seatbelt warning system for both the driver and front passenger. The new Vito Tourer has maximum eight airbags for the driver and passengers. Standard equipment in the new Vito also includes the Attention Assist system and a tire pressure monitoring system. The Crosswind Assist system is also present as standard equipment. Crosswind Assist is able to compensate nearly fully for strong wind gusts. Additional assistance systems are available as options such as the Active Parking Assist and Collision Prevention Assist systems. Also available is a Blind Spot Assist, which warns drivers of approaching vehicles when they switch lanes, and a Lane Keeping Assist, which prevents drivers from inadvertently leaving the lane.

The new Vito comes with halogen headlights, but it can also be ordered with the optional LED Intelligent Light System (ILS). The ILS consists of LED blinkers and LED daytime driving lights, low-beams, high-beams and cornering lights. These headlights can adjust the manner in which they distribute their beams in line with the speed of the vehicle and requirements on the road or highway.

The new Vito offers a choice of rear-wheel, all-wheel and front wheel drive systems. The front-wheel drive Vito is a light vehicle, the rear-wheel drive is for jobs involving heavy loads or trailers and situations where dynamic handling is required and the all-wheel drive system is for when a high degree of traction is required, especially in tough driving conditions and on unpaved roads.

The front-wheel drive variants are equipped with a compact, transverse-mounted four-cylinder engine with 1.6 liter displacement. This engine is available in two performance classes: 65 kilowatt-hour (88 horsepower) and 84 kwh (114 horsepower). Vito models with rear or all-wheel drive systems are equipped with a four-cylinder engine with 2.15 liter displacement. This engine is available in three output ratings: 100 kwh (136 horsepower), 120 kwh (163 horsepower), and 140 kwh (190 horsepower). The Vito 119 BlueTEC is the first van in its segment to use a Euro 6 engine.