The Mercedes-Benz Metris is a commercial passenger van that that Mercedes-Benz sells only in the United States and Canada. They began manufacturing this model in 2015 and released it in the 2016 model year. When they first launched this model, it was the least expensive of the model sold by Mercedes-Benz in the United States. Here are 10 interesting facts that you probably didn’t known about the Mercedes-Benz Metris.
1. It is the US Equivalent to the Mercedes-Benz Vito
Mercedes-Benz produced the Metris is the equivalent to the third generation Mercedes-Benz Vito. This was sold in Germany and other European countries from 2016 at the same time as the Metris was launched in the United States.
2. They Are Great for Large Families
This van was designed with carrying several children in mind, so it is a great option for larger families as well as for commercial use. It is possible to transport several toddlers as each of the rear seats in this vehicle is fitted with a LATCH-system anchor points for attaching a child car seat. The space is also perfect for families.
3. There is Easy Rear Access
The Mercedes-Benz Metris comes with sliding rear doors as standard. This means that the rear of the vehicle has easy access. There is also the option of power sliding doors, but these came at an additional cost.
4. The Dashboard is Standard Mercedes
Although this is van and even though it is produced by the commercial division of this car brand, you would never know this while sitting in the driver’s seat. The appearance and controls on the dashboard of the car are exactly as you would find them in one of the Mercedes-Benz car models. In this respect, the driving experience in this van is very similar to driving a car.
5. It Has An Attention Assist Feature
The Mercedes-Benz Metris boasts an attention assist feature. This feature can detect driver fatigue by analyzing steering inputs. If the system detects recognizes that the driver is becoming drowsy, it sets off an alert which features a coffee cup icon. This warns you that it is time for the driver to take a break away from the wheel.
6. Its Great for Coffee Lovers
There has always been the argument that German automobile manufacturers do not accommodate the American fascination with having cupholders in cars. However, Mercedes-Benz seem to have finally acknowledged this when they produced the Mercedes-Benz Metris. This car comes with six flexible coffee cup holders as standard. The rear cupholders are detachable. This means that you can remove any that you don’t need to create more arm space for rear passengers.
7. There is the Option to Add Luxury
Anyone who buys a Mercedes-Benz Metris who doesn’t feel the van is luxurious enough can opt for added extras that come in packages. The Interior Appearance package includes front footwell lighting, carpeting, chrome trim, and comfort suspension. Other optional features that add a touch of luxury are black leatherette seats, tailgate trim, and premium rear doors.
8. It Comes in Two Variations
There are actually two variations of the Mercedes-Benz-Metris, although they are both classified as a commercial van. The cheaper variation is the cargo van and the more expensive option is the passenger van, with a price difference of approximately $3,000. The two variations have the same dimensions, although there are a few differences. For example, the cargo van’s rear doors open to a wider angle than the rear doors of the passenger vehicle.
9. It Has Interesting and Practical Features
The Mercedes-Benz Metris has a long list of features that make this an interesting and practical vehicle. Just some of the features include a rearview camera, cold-weather enhancements, blind-spot assist, Parktronic, collision prevention assist, lumbar support, cruise control, roof rails, reading lights, a luggage net, enhanced interior lighting, a storage tray, and an auxiliary battery.
10. There Are Four Standard Color Options
This vehicle comes in four standard colors; black, red, gray, or white. However, there is also the option to upgrade to a premium metallic color. The color options available include several shades of grey, silver, blue, white, brown and black. You can also customize the interior of the car with a choice of fabric or leatherette upholstery.