Mercedes-Benz Weekender Metris Camper Van
Showroom Ready Backcountry Adventure
As the overlanding craze continues to explode, we're seeing an exciting resurgence in the popularity of camper vans as well. Seeking to capitalize on the trend, Mercedes-Benz has partnered with Peace Vans and Driverge Vehicle Innovations to bring the Weekender to the United States market.
Based on the popular Metris platform, the Weekender comes standard with an elevating roof with sleeping room for two. This sleeping area features an integrated spring system, memory foam mattress, three windows, and even USB ports to support lights, charging, and more. The van's rear bench seat folds flat into an additional bed for two more, and when it's in the upright position can slide into four different positions to accommodate varying amounts and sizes of cargo. Front seats swivel 180 degrees allowing the van to quickly convert into lounge mode. Also standard on the Weekender Metris is a second battery, ensuring there's plenty of power when far from civilization.
While the standard features put together an exciting adventure vehicle, the list of available options brings the Weekender to another level. By checking the boxes on the order form, you can quickly add integrated solar panels for powering adventure deep in the backwoods. Also available is an 8-foot awning for shade and rain protection, bug screens for the rear hatch and sliding side door, and even a tent that attaches to the rear hatch for even more space if desired. Roof racks can be added to haul additional cargo, or to outfit for bikes, skies, surfboards, and more. The most impressive option, in our opinion, is the available pullout rear kitchen.
Metris makes a great base platform for building an adventure ready rig on. In Weekender form the van will come with a tow rating of 5,000 pounds, meaning you won't need to leave the toys behind when venturing outdoors. Weekender will also have a maximum gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 6,614 pounds and a payload rating of 1,896 pounds (options will eat into this amount, naturally). Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0L I-4 engine, which produces 208hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Backing the engine is the company's 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission. Metris, and Weekender, features a 15,000-mile service interval as well, meaning less downtime and more adventures.
The Weekender will be available in spring of 2020 and as a MasterSolutions offering from Mercedes-Benz the Weekender can be ordered and Mercedes van dealers nationwide. For those who desire more information select dealers will have Weekenders available for viewing and people trained specifically to help with ordering. In addition, the first 100 customers will receive a free National Parks Pass to help spur on their adventures.
We are excited for another player to enter the small camper van market, and especially excited that it's Mercedes-Benz. We're also quite hopeful that if the Metris Weekender is successful that maybe we'll see a four-wheel drive Sprinter version soon. We can certainly hope!