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Mercedes-Benz Vito designed to delight

Vito van with the star has revealed a new ‘brilliance’

Volker Mornhinweg, Head of MercedesBenz Vans, and Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Daimler AG Management Board and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division, at the reveal of the new Vito in Berlin last year.

The Mercedes-Benz Vito panel van is available with two different drive systems, and with up to 1 344kg of cargo capacity has the highest payload in its class.

The Vito Mixto combines the advantages of a panel van with those of a people mover, and the new Vito Tourer sees Mercedes-Benz opening an entirely new chapter in passenger transport.

There are two versions available: the versatile Vito Tourer PRO and the premium Vito Tourer SELECT. The new Mercedes-Benz Vito ’s bodywork exudes high quality, apparent from aspects such as narrow and even joints.

With a Cd value of 0,32 wind resistance is very low and this reduces fuel consumption and improves performance. The cockpit of the new Mercedes-Benz Vito has also completely been redesigned, and is exemplary in terms of its functionality and ergonomics. The structure is clear and uncluttered for maximum operational safety.

Both the driver and passengers are comfortably seated in the new more spacious Vito. During development, the stowage concept received plenty of attention.

After all, for many drivers the new Mercedes-Benz Vito is their office and a living space

After all, for many drivers the new Mercedes-Benz Vito is their office and a living space too. Customers now also have a choice when it comes to their Vito’s drive system.

The new front-wheel drive system in the range is very light. When unladen or carrying only a light load, front-wheel drive offers better traction. The front-wheel drive is made for operations with maximum payload at low to medium gross vehicle weights.

This is crucial for keeping the running costs as low as possible. The front-wheel drive Vito has a transverse-mounted, compact four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1,6 litres and is available in the Vito 111 CDI with 84kW.

In cases where demands on performance are higher, gross vehicle weights are high or trailer towing will be demanding, the right choice is the new Vito with rear-wheel drive and a four-cylinder engine with a 2,2-litre displacement.

The Mercedes-Benz Vito is available at three power output levels:

  • the Vito 114 CDI with 100kW
  • the Vito 116 CDI with 120kW
  • and the Vito 119 BlueTEC, rated at 140kW

Six-speed manual transmissions are standard. The 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission with torque converter is optional for the Vito 114 CDI and Vito 116 CDI, and standard equipment on the Vito 119 CDI.

From the transmission and low-friction rear axle to the electromechanical steering and auxiliary units, the engineers designed the new Vito for maximum fuel efficiency.

The Mercedes-Benz Vito BlueEfficiency is exceptionally economical when it comes to fuel use. This package is available for the new Vito with rear-wheel drive and is standard on the 116 and 119 Vito Tourers with automatic transmission.

The certified figure of 5,7 litres/100 km for the Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI BlueEfficiency is unmatched in this vehicle category.

The Vito benefits from long service intervals of up to 40 000km or two years. It comes with a 5-year/120 000km service plan.

It is also available on Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ leasing agreement Agility, and is offered with CharterWay, the manufacturer’s range of maintenance plans.


Tristan Wiggill
Special Features Editor at Business Fleet Africa