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Mercedes-Benz Vito, Versatility Made to Order

Versatility made to order in the new Mercedes-Benz Vito

Trucks and heavy Equipment had the opportunity to interview Nicolette Lambrechts about the new Mercedes-Benz Vito, see the video below.

  • Low on costs and high on payload
  • Poised to be benchmark in the mid-size van segment.

Offering tangible external strengths, maximum benefit and low costs, the new Mercedes-Benz Vito is a versatile and real professional among mid-size vans with a permissible gross vehicle weight between 2.8 and 3.05 tonnes. Although it offers an exceptionally high payload, the purchase price and maintenance costs are exceptionally low.

The new Mercedes-Benz Vito is truly one vehicle for all

The new Mercedes-benz VitoFrom skilled crafts and trades to retail, service providers and shuttle services – the new Vito is truly one vehicle for all. The Mercedes-Benz Vito panel van is available with two different drive systems and with up to 1344 kg of cargo capacity, it has the highest payload in its class.

Meanwhile the Mixto combines the advantages of a panel van with those of a people mover, which we like 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 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.

The new Mercedes-Benz Vito creates an assertive and unmistakable impression but its design is not an end in itself. Even at first glance the new Vito’s bodywork exudes high quality and both drivers and occupants get the impression the vehicle can handle any task thrown at it..

Mercedes-Benz Vito ‘s low wind resistance, it reduces fuel consumption and improves performance

Design is also critical when it comes to the Mercedes-Benz Vito ’s shape, and with a Cd value of 0.32, wind resistance is very low and this reduces fuel consumption and improves performance.

Now completely redesigned, the new Mercedes-Benz Vito ‘s cockpit is exemplary in terms of its functionality and ergonomics. Symmetrical in its fundamental form, the structure is clear and uncluttered for maximum operational safety. The cockpit has an exceptionally high-quality look for this vehicle class. Both the driver and passenger are comfortably seated in the new Vito and benefit from more space than before.

Many drivers the new Mercedes-Benz Vito is their office as well as a living space too

The six-speed manual handles power transmission as standard but the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission with torque converter
The six-speed manual handles power transmission as standard but the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission with torque converter

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 too.

“One for all” is something that applies to the new Vito’s drive system in particular. The Mercedes-Benz Vito is the brand of 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 Mercedes-Benz 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 84 kW.

In cases where demands on performance are higher, 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 100 kW; the Vito 116 CDI with120 kW, and the Vito 119 BlueTEC, rated at140 kW.

The six-speed manual handles power transmission as standard but 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 Vito for maximum fuel efficiency

The engineers designed the new Mercedes-Benz Vito for maximum fuel efficiency.
the engineers designed the new Vito for maximum fuel efficiency.

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 per 100 kilometres for the Vito 116 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY is unmatched in this vehicle category.

Whatever the engine variant, every new Mercedes-Benz Vito benefits from long service intervals of up to 40,000 km or two years.

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/90 000 km to an unprecedented 5-year /120 000 km 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.

Price range of the Mercedes-Benz Vito

111 CDI Panel Van          R 372,780.00
114 CDI Panel Van          R 409,830.00
116 CDI Panel Van        R 443,460.00
111 CDI Mixto       R 443,460.00
116 CDI Mixto              R 556,320.00
111 CDI Tourer PRO      R 516,272.00
114 CDI Tourer PRO      R 540,314.00
116 CDI Tourer PRO         R 572,348.00
116 CDI Tourer Select      R 676,088.00
119 CDI Tourer Select      R 744,386.00
 

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