Mercedes-Benz presented the Metris on 4 March, 2015 at "The Work Truck Show" in Indianapolis as part of its constantly expanding portfolio. This version of the new Vito has been specially configured for the US market. The Metris is designed to conquer the North American midsize van market. Its strengths are especially beneficial in the heavy traffic in major American cities: it combines compact dimensions with a large cargo volume and a high payload. The new model is specifically designed for city usage and aims to create its own market segment as a midsize commercial vehicle. As such, the Metris represents an important new element of the worldwide growth strategy: "Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global".
It also sets new standards on the US market in terms of safety by adopting the high standards of the new Vito. Even the basic version of the Mercedes-Benz Metris Panel Van is the only van in its class fitted with airbags and seatbelt reminders for both the driver and passenger as a standard feature. With up to eight airbags for the driver and passengers, the Mercedes-Benz Metris Tourer sets new standards. The basic features include tire pressure monitoring and Attention Assist. A unique feature for a midsize van: the Crosswind Assist is fitted as standard and almost completely eliminates the effects of wind gusts on the van.
The Mercedes-Benz Metris will be available as of September with a variety of different versions including the Panel Van (cargo) and Tourer (passengers) at more than 200 Mercedes-Benz Vans USA dealerships. Following the Sprinter, it will be the second van from the Star brand available on the US market. It is larger than the other midsize commercial vans in the North American market below the Sprinter segment and defines a completely new class of vehicle for the USA and Canada. Its M274 gasoline engine with a power output of 155 kW has been specifically configured for the North American market. The American version of the Mercedes-Benz Vito offers customers a vehicle sized to perfectly fit their needs while offering the highest efficiency, safety and driving comfort.