2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Van Coming to U.S., Previewed at SEMA

Mercedes-Benz will be bringing a new midsize van to the U.S. called the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris, and the company is issuing a sneak preview of this new model in the form of four project vans for the SEMA Show.

Though the vans won't go on sale in the U.S. until the fall of 2015, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris will essentially be identical to the Mercedes-Benz V-Class (pictured above) that's sold in Europe and elsewhere. The Metris is a midsize commercial van smaller than the full-size Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, but larger than compact cargo vans like the Ford Transit Connect and Nissan NV200. Mercedes will offer different configurations for this rear-wheel-drive van, such as cargo and passenger versions, which will be sold both to individual and commercial buyers for various upfitting purposes.

Expect to hear more specifics about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris vans in 2015 as we near their production debut, but for now, check out the project vans detailed below for a useful preview for what the Metris is all about.

Four different project vans are on display at SEMA in Las Vegas in an attempt to show the versatility of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris van. First is the Party/DJ Van by RENNtech, which has a clamshell roof made for mobile DJs along with plenty of lights for a comprehensive visual and audio experience.

A luxury-oriented version of the Metris by HQ Custom Design turns the van into an executive shuttle, much like other luxury conversions of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with a lavishly trimmed interior and plush seats for a significantly more premium experience inside the cabin.

The Fire Chief Concept Truck by RADO is more practical, as it turns the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris into a a mobile communications center that could be used for various government agencies like fire departments or police stations.

Lastly, the Garmin Mobile Golf Pro Shop conversion van essentially becomes a mobile display case for all sorts of golf equipment. It also has a performance center that lets players take a closer look at their golf game.

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