The Irish launch of the long-awaited all-new Mercedes-Benz Vito van range takes place in a couple of weeks, writes Padraic Deane.
Coming in two wheelbase and three body lengths, it will have the highest payload in its class and up to four permissible gross vehicle weight variants.
Besides a panel van, the model offering will include a Mixto Crew Cab unit and a people-carrying Tourer version. The range has a more powerful look with a more spacious cockpit and will be available in a choice of front or rear wheel drive.
Power comes from two, four-cylinder turbo diesel engines in five power ratings. Six-speed manual transmission and long service intervals up to 40,000 km or two years are standard.
Steering is electromechanical power assisted and safety features include powerful 16-inch or 17-inch disc brakes all round with Adaptive ESP, while a new ‘intelligent’ light system includes an extensive use of the latest LED technology.
I’m really looking forward to test driving the new Vito van, and I’m sure it will not disappoint. In fact, one German colleague told me recently that he regards it as a genuine game changer. More on this after we have all the Irish prices and specifications and following test drives on Irish roads.