An enhanced BlueEFFICIENCY package will be introduced on the Mercedes-Benz Vito and Viano in September 2011. This package will have a new generator management system that is aimed at reducing fuel consumption. When braking, part of the kinetic energy produced is converted by the new generator management system into electric energy, which is then stored in the battery.
The added energy in the system means that the alternator may be restricted under certain operating conditions, such as during acceleration.
This lessens the strain on the combustion engine. The intelligent alternator functions independently and is imperceptible to the driver. The battery quickly recharges since the power electronics increases the alternator voltage as required.
The system uses recuperation, a process that collects kinetic energy (as heat given off from the wheel brakes) that would have otherwise dissipated into the air. The new generator management system and BlueEFFICIENCY are included in the standard specification for the Viano, the Vito crewbus, and all Vito models with passenger car type approval.
BlueEFFICIENCY consists of a series of intelligent and innovative technologies that lead to noticeable reductions in fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.
The scope of the efficiency package includes an economical 4-cylinder CDI diesel engine in two output variants, a state-of-the-art V6 CDI diesel engine (with automatic transmission), and consumption-optimized ECO Gear 6-speed manual transmission. Additional fuel economy measures are available but are dependent on the model.
The Mercedes-Benz Vito features a new face that is now more stunning, fusing the robustness of a commercial vehicle and the styling of current Mercedes passenger cars. It front end is distinguished by two slats dividing up a sporty black grille with a diamond pattern. This grille is bordered by uniquely designed reflector headlamps that have been made larger to increase its light output. Featured as standard, daytime driving lights have their own integrated light source in the headlamp housings, as well as with the fog lamps.
For this generation of the Vito, customers may avail of the optional lighting combo that includes Bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime driving lights and cornering lights as well as Add-Light system and a headlamp washer system. Controlled through the indicator lever, the cornering light is active up to a speed of 70 km/h, while the Add-Light system is active at speeds of between 40 km/h and 70 km/h, depending on the vehicle’s steering angle.
Meanwhile, the front bumper of the new Vito features a new, upgraded design with a honeycomb appearance. Its durable grained surface emphasizes Vito's robust character. Customers may also have the bumper optionally painted in the Vito’s exterior color. Thanks to optimal dimensional accuracy of its fully galvanized steel wings, Mercedes was able to ensure exact gap dimensions. Likewise, the van’s newly designed exterior mirrors feature smaller housings to ensure a larger field of vision.
Moreover, the new Vito is now available in different color finishes to complement the exterior tweaks implemented. As offered, the new Mercedes-Benz Vito is available in three different body lengths: compact, long and extra-long. The Vito compact features a length of 4,763 mm and a wheelbase of 3,200 mm while the Vito long has a length of 5,008 mm, a wheelbase of 3,200 mm and an extended overhang. On the other hand, the Vito extra-long offers a length of 5,238 mm, a wheelbase of 3,430 mm and an extended overhang. Moreover, the new Vito could be availed in different weight versions and door combinations while the long variant could be availed with high roof.
Mercedes is offering the new Vito in three basic variants: a panel van, a crewbus with various seating configurations and a combination of panel van and crewbus, the Mixto. These variants – available in three lengths – could be customized for specific industries and come in equipment packages. A rear-wheel-drive Vito with a standard roof is versatile enough to easily fit into standard garages and multi-storey car parks as well as underground car parks and car washes.