2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris First Look
Sprinter’s Little Brother Gas-Only for North America
We’ve known about it for a few months, and now we finally have details on the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris midsize van. Smaller and lighter duty than the commercial-sized Sprinter, the Metris is designed to fill the needs of businesses that don’t need something as large as a Sprinter, ProMaster, or Transit but need or want something larger than a NV200, Transit Connect, or ProMaster City. In a comparison with those models, the Metris has a 73 percent higher payload rating than the NV200 and 50 percent more cargo volume. Compared to the Ford Transit Connect, the Metris has a 54 percent higher payload capacity and 45 percent larger cargo volume.
The rear-wheel-drive Metris will be offered initially only with Mercedes’ 2.0L GDI turbocharged I-4 producing 208 hp and 258 lb-ft, mated exclusively to a seven-speed automatic transmission in North America. The Metris, sold in Europe and other Markets as the Vito, is usually equipped with Mercedes’ 2.1L turbodiesel I-4 engine. The diesel, versions of which are already offered in the larger Sprinter as well as the E250 and GLK250 Bluetec models, may be offered as an option at a later date, but no mention was made in the debut announcement.
Both passenger and cargo versions will be offered, with surprisingly affordable (for a Mercedes) starting prices of $29,945 for the cargo version and $33,495 for the passenger version. This gives the cargo van the distinction of being Mercedes’ lowest-priced model in the U.S. Obviously, being a Mercedes, safety features get top billing, with the cargo version getting six airbags, and the passenger version getting eight, along with standard attention assist, crosswind assist, and load-adaptive stability control. Optional safety and convenience features include parking assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, and a rearview camera. Mercedes also notes the addition of larger cupholders to better meet the preferences of North American customers. The Metris will go on sale at more than 200 Mercedes-Benz commercial dealerships in October.