2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Commercial Van Detailed
The cheapest new Mercedes-Benz you can buy.
Want your midsize commercial cargo van to have a bit more brand prestige? Enter the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris, a new addition to Mercedes' U.S. lineup that slots in below the full-size Sprinter van.
Mercedes previously announced that it would bring its European V-Class van to the U.S. as the Metris, and showed a modified version of the Metris at the SEMA show last fall. Now we have full details on the Metris, which is sized in between compact cargo vans like the Ford Transit Connect and full-size vans like the Ford Transit.
The Mercedes-Benz Metris will come in both cargo and passenger versions, both of which have a wheelbase of 126 inches. Maximum cargo volume in the cargo version is 186 cu ft, with a cargo-floor width of 50 inches and a maximum height of 55 inches. The passenger version will have three rows of seats and standard side windows that the cargo version does without.
The one-choice-only powertrain is a four-cylinder gasoline engine making 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, a curious choice considering that the Sprinter van only offers diesel powertrains in the U.S. This engine mates with a seven-speed automatic and powers the rear wheels. Though Mercedes-Benz hasn't given any more details on the four-cylinder, we assume it is the same 2.0-liter turbocharged unit from the CLA and GLA given its identical horsepower and torque numbers.
When it goes on sale in the U.S. in October 2015, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris won't have any direct competitors, as it will be the only true midsize van in the commercial van segment. With the cargo version starting at $29,945 and the passenger van starting at $33,495, it will be the cheapest Mercedes-Benz offered in the U.S., and will significantly undercut the Sprinter's $36,990 starting price.
Stay tuned to hear more details about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris van as we near its U.S. debut later this year.