Tuesday, October 13, 2015


All new 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris is an all-new midsize van, slotting in just below the Sprinter, a successful product for the company. This is the other side of the three-pointed star. When we usually think of Mercedes-Benz, we tend to conjure up images of expensive, opulent cars. But it also produces excellent commercial vehicles. Most of this output is in Europe, but now the United States has two such choices in the Sprinter and the Metris.

While the previous is a full-estimate van, the last could be only the right size for some organizations. It can deal with tight city roads, fit into multi-level stopping structures and even be stopped in some home carports. 

The Metris goes on sale this in October 2015, so it's still too early to assess aggregate expenses of proprietorship, however Mercedes-Benz has effectively made the Sprinter an advantageous recommendation, having won Best Armada Quality recompenses throughout the previous three years running and been perceived as getting a charge out of the most noteworthy resale values in its class. 

The decision is basic: payload or traveler van. The freight variant begins at $29,945; the traveler rendition begins at $33,495. Both costs incorporate $995 destination charges. There won't be a variety of variations. It's one stature, one wheelbase and, as such, one drive train.

The cargo version has just two seats up front, a passenger-side sliding side door as standard, and its rear doors can open to a really useful 270 degrees. The passenger Metris can accommodate up to eight occupants and sliding doors are available for both sides. These can also come with a powered option. It is possible to remove the second and third row of seats, but it’s not something to do on a frequent basis, since they’re quite heavy.

While we’re talking money, Mercedes-Benz puts service intervals at 15,000 miles and plans on having each vehicle in the shop for as short a time as possible, so it can be back out on the road earning its living.

 Just like the Sprinter and its rival, the Ford Transit, the Metris follows the European school of van design: kind of narrow, kind of tall. Having a big three-pointed star set into the grille gives it some cachet and it’s certainly agreeable to look at. A large windshield helps with visibility and keeping the cab light, and the passenger version could easily be mistaken for a family minivan — although Mercedes-Benz doesn’t want to market it as such.

The basic dashboard (a posher version is optional) seems to borrow most of its shapes, materials and equipment from the least-expensive Mercedes-Benz cars from a few years back. It’s not unpleasant, but doesn’t look cutting-edge either. Function would be the key word here, since it’s a working vehicle and has no other requirement.A tired driver is not good for business, so the Metris does its best to keep fatigue at bay. The driver’s seat has plenty of support for the back and thighs, while adjustable armrests are standard for both front seats. All seats are covered in a tough-looking fabric that’s still easy on the eye.

The steering wheel adjusts for height only, but most people should find a decent driving position with a minimum of fuss. The most remarkable fatigue-combating aspect, though, could be how quiet the Metris is to drive. It keeps wind whoosh, tire roar and engine noise to an absolute minimum.

Although customers may want their Metris vans to be kitted out in special ways according to the work required, cargo versions start out with a maximum space of 111.5 inches deep (with a through-loading partition), 66.3 inches wide and 55 inches high. Total cargo volume is 186 cubic feet, while payload is 2,502 pounds. Gross vehicle weight is 6,742 pounds and maximum towing capacity is 4,960 pounds.

Cargo models also have a wood floor as standard, which helps to keep the noise levels low. But lashing rails are part of an optional protection package.The size of the Metris should make it useful to many: 202.4 inches long, 88.3 inches wide (including mirrors) and 75.2 inches tall. And the relatively small turning circle of 38.7 feet wall-to-wall could be a boon. Remember, the Metris was designed in Europe where city streets are often narrow and torturous.

A self-parking function that handles parallel and perpendicular spaces, satellite navigation, rearview camera, lane-keeping assist, blind spot alerts, and collision prevention assist are all on the options list.Naturally, both the engine and the gearbox are fine examples of Mercedes smoothness. And even if power is not prodigious, it’s perfectly sufficient for most applications.

And in addition a shockingly calm lodge, the Metris drives with a quiet self-control — much like a SUV or hybrid. There's that comparative raised driving position, while reactions to driver inputs don't feel anything like those ignoble vans of the twentieth century. The controlling really has a decent unequivocal quality to it in light of the fact that the driver sits so close to the front pivot. 

The suspension tune is distinctive for every variant, however. The traveler model has the marginally gentler ride of the two; the freight van's is amplified to take heavier loads — however don't stress, it's still consummately comfortable.Apart from being the least expensive new Mercedes-Benz discounted in the United States, the Metris ought to take after the case set by its greater Sprinter kin of making a persuading business case for itself. The organization knows it can't rival the huge players like Passage as far as numbers, so it means to remunerate by offering awesome client administration. Mercedes has additionally as of late reported connections with all the more upfitting operations, organizations that will outfit a van with gear and/or capacities for specific purposes.

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