2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris, Dieter, a Sprinter down-sized

2015-06-15 12:17:18
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris, Dieter, a Sprinter down-sized
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris, Dieter, a Sprinter down-sized

Minivans are termed as unattractive, but even the hardest critic will agree that a high–profile, Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Town and Country and Honda Odyssey with leather encased reclining seats, video screens, and other modern day digital gadgetries that they are utmost cozy to drive and live. Now the latest comes with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris, so beware, Chrysler, Toyota, and Honda, a battle is on.


All these brands are good, and the Metris is not actually a luxury class minivan, but it is a Mercedes. If your expectancy of the Metris is a typical Mercedes minivan, then it is not. Certainly not the way Americans understand the Mercedes brand, it is not an S-class, but a can be termed as a shrunken Sprinter. What actually this Metris minivan with rear-wheel drive is, a Mercedes-Benz Vito built in Spain and driven in Europe extensively as a hotel shuttle, vanpool member, and cargo hauler. We expect the same kind of task for this minivan in our shores. There is also luxury class Vito produced by Mercedes known as the V-class but considering the number of high affording customers here it won’t be successful plan to make it here.

 The Vito has been given two major changes, rather to the Metris, and they are to the taste of the North American customers. The center console that located the manual shifter for the Vito has now been replaced with two big sized cup holders, and the diesel engine has been relegated to the other side of the fence, and in place a 2.0 Liter turbo gasoline four-cylinder comes in.  It is supported by a seven-speed automatic transmission.

 Our test drive only consisted of few miles of both the passenger and cargo versions, but we got the impressions well within a distance of a few hundred meters. The seating position is not like a Sprinter but a C-class rather, and you can see the steering sitting on the lap of the driver than the high positioned flat wheel that is found in bigger vans.  Visibility outside of the Metris is outstanding. A model 208 horsepower is coming out of the 2.0 Liter four-cylinder engine and a 258 lb-ft torque but is capable of hauling the huge weight of 4850 pounds belonging to the passenger model. The engine was doing a great job of hauling the deadweight along with five grownup men at an altitude of 8 to 10 thousand feet in Colorado.

The Metris offers astonishingly lively drivability with the totally independent suspension and rear-wheel-drive, and the cargo and passenger application relevant tuning and it rides taut, levels corners and offer great grip on brake pedal and crisp steering wheel. We have not felt these characteristics in a van of this size ever before. The vehicle we drove were pre-production models but were marvelously calm during the drive. For a cargo van, it can be rated as an astounding achievement.  The market will see the Metris in October in the same dealerships that markets the Sprinters and the cargo model will start at the price of $29,945.

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