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Cost-cutting safety with a high payload – Mercedes-Benz Vito

Offering tangible external strengths, maximum benefits and low costs, the Mercedes-Benz Vito is one of the most versatile, and a real professional, among mid-size vans with a permissible gross vehicle weight between 2,8 and 3,2 ton.

From skilled crafts and trades to retail, service providers and shuttle services – the new Vito is truly one vehicle for all. The Vito panel van is available with two different drive systems and with up to 1 344kg of cargo capacity – it has the biggest payload in its class.

Mercedes-Benz Vito side view driving

Meanwhile the Mixto combines the advantages of a panel van with those of a people mover, which the manufacturer likes to refer to as the Tourer. The Tourer sees Mercedes-Benz opening an entirely new chapter in passenger transport.

There are two versions available: the versatile Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer PRO and the premium Vito Tourer SELECT. By virtue of this complete model family, the Tourer can be tailored to accommodate all types of passenger transport.

Tangible external strengths, maximum benefits and low costs, the Mercedes-Benz Vito

With rear-wheel, front-wheel and all-wheel drive, the Vito is uniquely versatile. At up to 1 369kg, the payload is astoundingly high. The broad range, comprising panel van, Mixto and the new Tourer minibus, has set the bar high.

The all-new cockpit is a model of functionality and ergonomics. All controls are within easy reach of the driver. At the same time, the cockpit also exudes class. The stowage system is evidently well conceived, offering a wealth of stowage facilities on and in the dashboard as well as practically partitioned compartments in the doors.

‘One for all’

During development the stowage concept received plenty of attention. After all, for many drivers the new Vito is their office as well as a living space.

‘One for all’ is something that applies to the new Mercedes-Benz Vito’s drive system in particular. The Vito is certainly a great choice when it comes to rear- and front-wheel drive.

The correlation is clear: 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 88kW.

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

The six-speed manual handles power transmission as standard, while 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. For vans, it is the world’s only automatic transmission with torque converter and seven gears.

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

The Vito BlueEFFICIENCY is exceptionally economical when it comes to fuel use

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/100km for the Vito 116 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY is unmatched in this vehicle category.

An unprecedented 5-year/120 000km service plan

Mercedes-Benz Vans continues to escalate the Vito’s value and decrease its total cost of ownership by increasing the Tourer and Mixto service plans from the previous 5-year/90 000km to an unprecedented 5-year/120 000km service plan for all derivatives of the new Vito. It is also available on Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ industry-leading leasing agreement Agility, and is offered with CharterWay, the manufacturer’s range of maintenance plans.

Tristan Wiggill
Special Features Editor at Business Fleet Africa