The Mercedes Vito has been revamped and the new model will take a bow at the CV Show in April at the NEC in Birmingham.
Show attendees and potential buyers will see a van that has three weight variants, three lengths and power provided from two turbodiesel engines with five power outputs.
The new model has also been priced to compete in a keenly fought sector with the 109 CDI Compact panel van starting from £17,855, ex VAT.
New Mercedes Vito will impress
There’s also a new Mercedes Vito crew van which has the same technologies and improvements and incorporates the advantages of a panel van and of a crew bus.
The Tourer is available in two variants with eight seats fitted as standard, including that for the driver.
Mercedes have also, for the first time, introduce a choice of front or rear wheel drive in the Vito while payloads range from 955kg to 1,255kg.
However, potential owners will find the vans are frugal and should return around 47mpg on the combined cycle and all Vitos have the firm’s BlueEfficiency package fitted.
Economy is key for the Mercedes Vito
This means that economy is boosted by a stop/start function, improved aerodynamics for the underbody, battery charging during deceleration and coasting and improved alternator management.
The engines are coupled to a standard six speed manual gearbox though there’s an option for a 7G-Tronic automatic version.
As you would expect, the Mercedes Vito also features a wide range of impressive safety kit including attention assist, adaptive electronic stability control, crosswind assist and adaptive brake lights.
There are also airbags for the driver and passenger, daytime running lights and hill start assist.
New Mercedes van will attract attention
Mercedes have also included its innovative rescue assist QR codes which help rescuers should the van be involved in an accident.
The cabin has also been revamped and equipment includes a multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and a high res 5.8 inch touchscreen display.
The most expensive model in the range is the Mercedes Vito Tourer Select Extra which costs £32,000 ex-VAT.