Mercedes-Benz debuts its new Vito, wants to set new benchmark for mid-size vans

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 29, 2014

This is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito, company’s latest mid-size van that promises to set new benchmarks in its segment. Clearly inspired by the new V-Class as well as the Citan, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito starts at 17,990 euros in Germany, excluding VAT. For this amount of money, you will get the Vito 109 CDI, powered 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that generates 88 hp (65 kW) and sends the power to the front wheels.

As we said, the 2015 Vito comes with a new design, showing a brand new face with redesigned headlights, a front grille wearing the Mercedes-Benz star as well as a new front bumper. The rear end shows restyled taillights with LED technology available as an option as well as a new rear bumper.

The interior was overhauled too and offers more space than before, a new three-spoke steering wheel and an exceptionally high-quality look for its class. For the first time in this segment, Mercedes-Benz will offer front, rear and all-wheel drive.

According to the press release, the new front-wheel drive system is very light and offers better traction when unladen or carrying only a light load. The new all-wheel drive system keeps the vehicle height of the Vito 4x4 the same as on models with front or rear-wheel drive.

Under the hood, we find the 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that generates 88 hp (62 kW) on the Vito 109 CDI and 114 hp (84 kW) on the Vito 111 CDI. For those who need more, the Vito with rear-wheel drive powered by the 2.15-liter engine available in three output ratings: 136 hp (100 kW) – Vito 114 CDI, 163 hp (120 kW) – Vito 116 CDI and 190 hp (140 kW) – Vito 119 BlueTEC.

The Vito 119 BlueTEC is the first van in its segment to use a Euro 6 engine. The engines are offered with six-speed manual transmission as standard, while the 7-G Tronic Plus automatic transmission with torque converter is available as an option on the Vito 113 CDI and Vito 116 CDI and as standard on the Vito 119 BlueTEC and Vito 4x4 with all-wheel drive.

Vito 116 CDI BlueEfficiency promises a fuel consumption of just 5.7 liters per 100 km. Mercedes-Benz also says that its new Vito sets new standards in terms of safety as it comes with precision steering and powerful disc brakes all-round (with 16" or 17" braking system depending on the model), as well as ADAPTIVE ESP as standard.

If the Vito panel van is the only van to provide airbags as well as seat belt reminder for both the driver and passenger as standard, the Vito Tourer Pro and Vito Tourer Select models come with windowbags and thorax/pelvis sidebags in the front.

For the first time, it is possible to get windowbags in the rear for the Tourer. As an option, Mercedes-Benz offers the Intelligent Light System (ILS) that consists of LED indicators, LED daytime running lamps, as well as LED low-beam headlamps and main beam with cornering light function.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito will be available in three lengths: 4895 mm, 5140 mm and 5370 mm. The maximum vehicle height is 1910 mm depending on the model. [source: Mercedes-Benz]

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