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October 13, 2015
By Mario Cywinski

TORONTO, ONTARIO – Mercedes-Benz Vans invited Canadian automotive journalists recently to Toronto to drive the new mid-size cargo van entry the Metris. Beginning at its training and parts facility in Mississauga, near Pearson International Airport, the route then went to the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Toronto. The route allowed the Metris to be put through its paces in the type of driving it would most likely encounter for a fleet driver, down narrow streets, in city traffic, and with the chaos of the downtown core. The route than went out of the city and onto country roads to test the vehicle in less confined spaces.

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris.
“From the very beginning of our commercial vans business in Canada, we have been committed to bringing the best solutions to our fleet customers by introducing product that has completely changed the landscape of the market,” said Miki Velemirovich, National Manager, Mercedes-Benz Vans. “It started with the segment pioneering Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and was followed by the Sprinter 4x4, the only all-wheel drive commercial van in Canada. Today, this trend continues with the introduction of the only mid-size van in Canada: the all-new Metris. We are now in a position to provide Canadian fleet buyers with a true mid-size commercial van that offers the perfect balance of carrying capacity and size in both cargo and passenger variants. Fleet operators will certainly appreciate the Metris’ fuel efficient 2-litre turbocharged engine and 25,000 km maintenance intervals that will contribute to reduce the total cost of ownership therefore maximizing fleet profitability.”

The Metris van was officially unveiled at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana this past spring. It was originally shown in concept form at Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada last fall in four variants.

Metris is a new model to North America but it has been sold as the Vito in other global markets since the 1996 model year. Mercedes has offered the Sprinter in North America for many years and it has now expanded its commercial van portfolio to help grow its Mercedes-Benz Vans division.

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris.
Metris comes with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine offering 208 horsepower and 258 foot/pounds of torque matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The transmission offers three programs, ECO, comfort and manual. The rear-wheel drive vehicle will come with an optional ECO start/stop feature that turns the engine off and on.

Metris will be available in either a cargo van or passenger van configuration, with both offering halogen headlamps with DRLs, heated windshield washer fluid, low roof height, and a choice of standard 17-inch steel wheels or optional alloys. An optional tailgate rear door is also available. Three suspensions are available for the Metris, with the cargo and passenger each having a different suspension, and a optional comfort suspension being available for the passenger van.

The cargo van comes standard with non-painted bumpers, however, they can be painted as an option. Cargo van models come standard with 270-degree rear doors, while the passenger van comes with standard 180-degree rear doors.

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris.
Metris has many safety aspects incorporated. The cargo van will come with six air bags (including driver and front passenger, thorax/pelvis side air bags for front occupants, and front window airbags) and the passenger version will come with eight air bags (with the added window airbags for rear passengers). Standard across the model line will be attention assist, crosswind assist, and load-adaptive ESP. Optional features will include: active parking assist, lane keeping assist, Parktronic, collision prevention assist, blind spot assist, and a rear-view camera.

Metris is a much simpler model than the Sprinter with only one roof height, one engine, and one wheelbase. It is 189 centimetres high, which is 55.6cm shorter than a low roof Sprinter; it is 514.1cm long, 78.5cm shorter than Sprinter, and it is 189cm wide, 13.4cm smaller than Sprinter. The turning radius of the Metris is 11.8m.

Metris is sold and serviced at all Mercedes-Benz dealers in Canada. It come with a service interval of up to 25,000 kilometres.

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