Mercedes-Benz Metris Adds Low-Cost “Worker” Model to Lineup
Cheapest Mercedes in Years is Midsize Van
Taking a page from the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter fullsize van, the smaller Metris will add a cheaper Worker model to its lineup. Starting at $25,995, the new Worker model undercuts the former base Metris by $2,955.
The Metris Worker will be available in both passenger and cargo versions. The Cargo will be cheaper than the Passenger, which starts at $29,995. As with the regular Metris, the Worker will be powered by a 2.0L turbocharged I-4 producing 208 hp and 258 lb-ft. Backing up the motor is Mercedes’ excellent seven-speed automatic transmission, routing power to the rear wheels. Benz is keen to point out the powertrain gets up to a 15,000-mile service interval, reducing operating and maintenance costs.
As with the Sprinter Worker, the Metris sees some equipment streamlining in the changeover to “Worker” status. For example, the Cargo will only be available in refrigerator-chic white, while the Passenger will have a black and a silver shade available as extra-cost options. There will likely be some decontenting in the Worker, although a wood cargo floor and a few options packages will be available.
Cutting the cost of the Metris brings its pricing in line with its smaller, less capable competition. For example, the long-wheelbase Ford Transit Connect van starts at $23,675, but it can only haul 130.6 cubic feet of stuff in back, compared to the Metris’ 186 cubic feet. Furthermore, the Metris can tow an SUV-rivaling 5,000 pounds’ worth of trailer and carry a payload of up to 2,502 pounds. Both measures soundly beat the Metris’ Ford, Chevrolet, Ram, and Nissan competition. And Mercedes claims its Metris can carry more than 75 4x8 sheets of plywood between its wheelhouses, something that cannot be said of its smaller competitors.
Where the Metris may fall flat is in dealer support and incentives. Indeed, the domestic manufacturers are offering good incentives on their ample supply of compact cargo vans. Metris vans are still somewhat hard to come by, even a year into sales, and discounts are minimal.
However, the Metris’ European driving manners, turbocharged pep off the line, and just-right size make it a great option for many commercial buyers. A low-cost Worker model will only add to the appeal, and having driven the Metris a few times, we think it’s a good buy.