New generation Mercedes-Benz Vito on the way

Mercedes-Benz say its new Vito is a benchmark among vans.

It claims the new drive system is extremely efficient and delivers top performance, while the optionally available BlueEfficiency technology offers the utmost in eco-friendly and economical driving.

Mercedes-Benz says the new Vito is also a star in terms of its improved payload and robust nature. Significantly reduced noise levels, as well as the new suspension and an upgraded cockpit, make handling and controls simpler while also improving the vehicle's ergonomics.

The new drive system in the Mercedes-Benz Vito demonstrates what vans fitted with the latest technology are capable of. CO2 emissions and fuel consumption have been reduced by up to 15 per cent compared with the previous models.

In conjunction with the sophisticated engineering of the current generation of four and six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz engines, this is achieved through BlueEfficiency technology. This encompasses on-demand activation of major assemblies, an ECO start/stop system, and optimised low-resistance tyres. BlueEfficiency technology is available as an option on the Vito.

The new six-speed transmission, standard in combination with all four-cylinder diesel engines, also helps reduce emissions and fuel consumption. Its broad gear ratio spread allows excellent traction at low speeds, while at higher speeds revs and thus fuel consumption are reduced. The engine output of the Vito ranges to suit its spectrum of applications from 70kW(95hp ) to 190 kW (258 hp ).

The character of the Mercedes-Benz Vito as a particularly robust and functionally designed van is underlined by the new, sturdy bumpers. The Vito's practicality in rough, everyday situations is further emphasised by a payload that has been increased, in some models quite significantly, and by a completely retuned chassis and suspension system. Both front and rear axles have been revised in every detail and specially tuned to match each specific model. Different suspension configurations are used for the high-payload panel van and the more comfort-oriented crewbus variant.

Mercedes-Benz points out that comfort has not been forgotten. The interior of the new-generation model offers simpler controls and a new colour concept. The quality feel of the passenger compartment has been improved quite noticeably and, in this context, noise levels could also be considerably reduced.

Visually, the new generation of Mercedes-Benz Vito can be identified by its new-style headlamps. The bumpers have also been modified.

Expect the new Vito to live up to and surpass the success of the current model. More on this after a pre-launch September test drive.

Mercedes-Benz Vario Facelift and Euro 6

There is more positive news from Mercedes-Benz commercials. Contrary to previous speculation, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that its Vario heavy-duty van range will receive a facelift and a new Euro 6 driveline.

The firm says that to meet Euro 6 compliancy, new exhaust technology will be introduced to supplement the selective catalytic reduction system already in use on the vehicle.

The Vario will use the same 4.25-litre four-pot unit fitted to its big brother, the Atego, and will be available with 136bhp, 150bhp or 177bhp power ratings. Payloads will be to a maximum of 4.2 tonnes.

Production, now nearing its 15th year, will continue at the plant near Berlin.


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