Mercedes-Benz Vito: versatile all-rounder with three drive system variants and new items of interior equipment

Sep 21, 2016
  • One van, three drive systems
  • The Vito's broad model range
  • Wide choice of length and weight variants
  • Safety first: numerous assistance systems
  • Engines complying with the Euro 6 emissions level, SCR technology for exhaust gas cleaning
  • Interior now comes with additional equipment items

One van, two engines, three lengths and three drive systems – the Vito is the versatile all-rounder among mid-size vans with a permissible gross vehicle weight of around 3.0 t. Particularly outstanding it the powertrain engineering: the Vito is the only van in its class to be available with a choice of front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. At the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016 the Vito is appearing with numerous new equipment variants.

One van, three drive systems

The Vito is the first and only vehicle in its class to be available with a choice of front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. As such, the Mercedes-Benz among mid-size vans perfectly accommodates a whole range of different requirements. The selection criteria are logical: the front-wheel drive is very light, and when the vehicle is unladen or carrying only a low load, it offers better traction. It has a very high payload of around 1300 kg, but its procurement price and maintenance costs are low. Rear-wheel drive is the right solution for all applications involving heavy weights, high towing capacities and, if required, exceptional driving dynamics. All-wheel drive is the answer to the request for maximum traction.

The Vito's broad model range

From skilled crafts and trades to retail, service providers, shuttle services and taxis – the Vito is truly one vehicle for all. For example, the Vito panel van is available in a choice of three lengths. There is also the particularly favourably priced WORKER panel van for cost-conscious buyers. The Vito Mixto combines the advantages of a panel van and crewbus.

The Vito Tourer is available as the functional Vito Tourer BASE, the versatile Vito Tourer PRO and the premium Vito Tourer SELECT. By virtue of this complete model family, the Tourer can accommodate all types of passenger transport.

Wide choice of length and weight variants

With three lengths spanning the compact (4.90 m), long (5.14 m) and extra-long (5.37 m) variants, the Vito offers plenty of choice. The Vito is also available in various weight variants up to a gross vehicle weight of 3.2 t.

The optional equipment for the Vito covers an unusually diverse range offering broad scope for commercial applications. There are, for example, numerous door and window variants or roof rails with a rack. A highly functional range of optional equipment is also available for the cargo space, comprising wood flooring, a rail system for securing loads and also tie-down rails on the side wall and the interior panelling. Roof attachments and carrier systems as well as luggage compartment tubs are available either ex factory or as accessories.

Customers opting for a Vito Tourer are spoilt for choice when it comes to fitting out the passenger compartment and installing seating: two and three-passenger bench seats, bunk and table packages are available, for example. The seats can be installed on wood or plastic flooring, or on a floor with fine carpeting for use as an exclusive shuttle. Whether as a panel van, Mixto or Tourer, different heating and climate control systems make the time spent on board a pleasant one.

Safety first: numerous assistance systems

The Vito panel van was the first van to provide airbags and a seat belt reminder for both the driver and passengers as standard. The Vito Tourer PRO and Vito Tourer SELECT models also impress with windowbags and thorax/pelvis sidebags in the front. It is possible to get windowbags in the rear for the Vito Tourer. With up to eight airbags in total, it is the benchmark.

ATTENTION ASSIST and Crosswind Assist are part of the standard equipment. Crosswind Assist virtually eliminates the effects of wind gusts acting on the vehicle. Tyre pressure monitoring is another item of standard equipment on the Vito Tourer. In addition, the Vito may be equipped with numerous other assistance systems to suit individual needs. Examples include the only Active Parking Assist system for vans, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist.

An optional Intelligent Light System (ILS) provides an alternative in the Vito to the powerful halogen headlamps. This technology consists of LED indicators, LED daytime running lamps, as well as LED low-beam headlamps and main beam with cornering light function. Depending on the road speed, the headlamps adapt for driving on motorways or country roads by varying the light distribution.

Engines complying with the Euro 6 emissions level, SCR technology for exhaust gas cleaning

Ever since it was presented in 2014 the Vito has been available in Europe with diesel engines that comply with Euro 6. Now Mercedes-Benz has switched the entire Vito range in Europe over to the most stringent emissions level. This means that all models feature an effective form of exhaust gas cleaning with SCR technology and AdBlue injection. Furthermore, the additional CDI designation has replaced the previous BlueTEC designation. The standard version of the AdBlue tank has a capacity of 11.5 l. A larger 25 l version is available as an option.

Switching to Euro 6 has involved no change to the basic engine data. For the Vito with front-wheel drive there is a horizontally installed compact four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1.6 l available in two output categories: the Vito 109 CDI rated at 65 kW (88 hp) and the Vito 111 CDI at 84 kW (114 hp). In the Vito with rear-wheel drive, a four-cylinder model with a displacement of 2.15 l works at three output levels: the Vito 114 CDI rated at 100 kW (136 hp), the Vito 116 CDI at 120 kW (163 hp) and the Vito 119 CDI at 140 kW (190 hp).

Power transmission in the Vito is taken care of by a six-speed manual transmission and the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission – the world's only automatic transmission with torque converter offering seven levels for vans. It forms part of the standard equipment for the Vito 4x4.

Interior now comes with additional equipment items

New equipment items for the interior are unveiled at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016. These include the new combination of a comfort driver's seat with folding armrests and a double co-driver's seat. Drivers working for courier, express and parcel services now in turn benefit from a new seat with modified contours: the less strongly shaped sitting surface makes it easier for the driver when getting in and out of the vehicle frequently.

It is now possible to obtain the particularly versatile Vito Mixto and Tourer models with sliding windows in the centre. As an option, Mercedes-Benz now supplies the Tourer with a 2-2-3 seating arrangement in the passenger compartment, i.e. with three seat rows for the rear passengers. The long variant of the Tourer is also optionally available with an attractive panoramic roof. For the Vito Tourer categorised as an M1 passenger car, the permissible gross vehicle weight rises from 3.05 t to 3.1 t, which means it can carry an additional 50 kg as part of its passenger and luggage load.

As for the exterior, a Mercedes-Benz can also look particularly stylish from the outside – also when it is a commercial vehicle. Therefore, all models are now available with an optional chrome-plated radiator grille.

Last but not least, the Vito can now be equipped with numerous driving aids ex factory for drivers and passengers with restricted mobility.