2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van - It's been a few pennant years for headways in the business van advertise, and exactly when you thought the higgledy piggledy, shoot-first-make inquiries later universe of payload pulling work vehicles was prepared to grab a seat, Mercedes-Benz drops a cap trap of van news on as of now shellshocked armada purchasers. To begin with came Mercedes-Benz's 2016 declaration that it is spilling $500 million to manufacture another industrial facility in Charleston, South Carolina, where it will amass Sprinter and Metris vans sans preparation here on U.S. soil. (As of now, to beat the 25 percent "chicken assessment," all Sprinters are worked outside the United States, separated into subassemblies, transported stateside, and assembled back here.) Then, in July of this current year, M-B disclosed the Metris Worker van in Passenger ($30,990) and Cargo ($26,990) variations, which are stripped down, lower-cost models of the Metris moderate size van. Like its enormous sibling, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker, the Metris Worker is gone for purchasers who esteem utility over common luxuries. At long last, Mercedes announced that the Metris payload simply posted a rankling sub-eight-minute lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Affirm, we made up that last part. Be that as it may, load vans are a major and all of a sudden aggressive business. Passage's E-arrangement vans fundamentally claimed the section for ages, yet the previous decade has seen more van developments and decisions than the past four consolidated. Passage now offers the Transit and the lesser size Transit Connect, Ram presents to us the Fiat-inferred ProMaster and ProMaster City, and Nissan touts the NV and the reduced NV200 (the last of which additionally is sold by Chevrolet as the City Express). It was Mercedes that basically constrained every other person's hand with these European-style vans when it started bringing in its Sprinter to the United States under the Freightliner and, later, the Mercedes-Benz and Dodge marks around the turn of the thousand years. Presently it includes the Metris. We played out an instrumented test on a 2016 Metris traveler van about a year prior and left away genuinely inspired. To finish the circle, we as of late caught some seat time in a freight variant to perceive how the driving background contrasts, if by any stretch of the imagination.
Measuring only 1.6 inches short of 17 feet long, the Metris is longer than either the Transit Connect SWB or LWB (14.5 and 15.8 feet) or the Ram ProMaster City (15.6 feet) and smaller people them all in payload limit. The Metris is the main back wheel-drive show in the fragment, outlined as a matter of first importance as a solid work vehicle. Appraised for a most extreme payload of 2502 pounds, the Metris can deal with 619 more pounds of instruments, gear, or crude materials than the Ram ProMaster City, the runner-up in that classification. The uniqueness develops with regards to towing. Appraised to pull an even 5000 pounds, the Metris dramatically increases the ability of the 2000-pound rating that applies to the front-drive Ford Transit Connect and Ram ProMaster City. Nissan says towing with its NV200 is not suggested, and that goes for the identification built Chevrolet, as well. Evaluated at 21 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the roadway, the Metris yields a little parkway effectiveness to the long-wheelbase Transit Connect and Ram ProMaster City (27 and 29 mpg).
2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Review
The Metris freight van we drove was outfitted with a strong plastic partitioning divider straightforwardly behind the front seats and an extremely Tetris-like racking and capacity framework from M-B–preferred upfitter Sortimo. The upside to a load divider, other than keeping hardware beyond anyone's ability to see to give a layer of security from would-be hoodlums, is that any protest that gets free—"Did you secure the generator?"— will, in principle, be kept under control by the divider as opposed to by the back of the driver's head. The drawback is that it limits those last few indents of rearward seat travel, making bigger drivers accept a marginally confined driving position.
Beside that, the driving compartment is a doppelgänger of the traveler adaptation we drove a year ago: The infotainment framework still resembles a set piece from the motion picture War Games; the seats are agreeable, however the base pads are somewhat short; and the guiding wheel, which is cribbed from the C-class, is consummately measured yet offers just tilt modification, no extending. A conveyance driver's indispensable gadgets locate a welcome USB port on the dash, with helpful telephone holding cubbies arranged on either side of the infotainment head unit. Extraordinary specify goes to the A/C framework, which easily place us in risk of frostbite regardless of high mugginess and temperatures surpassing 100 degrees amid our drive in South Carolina.
In progress, we were instantly inspired by the absence of boominess and unessential commotion that is common of payload vehicles. Some credit probably goes to the freight divider, however it's as yet an accomplishment to control sonic vibrations in what's basically a resound chamber on wheels. The turbocharged four-chamber fuel motor—no diesel is accessible—transports its 208 drive through a seven-speed programmed transmission. With each of the 258 lb-ft of torque accessible from 1250 to 4000 rpm, the powertrain makes short work of getting to parkway speed. The traveler show we tried beforehand got to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds; this might be yawnsville for a family vehicle, yet it's modestly speedy for a van. Only for smiles, we put the freight model's transmission in its Manual mode—Economy and Comfort are alternate settings—and pulled a few rushes to redline with the standard oar shifters. It was somewhat fun, however we felt like dorks; suffice it to state that the Metris will get you to a pipes crisis or back to the work site after a three-brew lunch at Hooters as fast as some other work van available.
Mercedes-Benz realizes that the greater part of these vans will be bought for work, so it has collaborated with providers, for example, Sortimo, Knapheide, and Ranger Design (to name only three) to outfit turnkey vehicles available to be purchased to business purchasers. Similarly, to streamline the requesting of manufacturing plant choices, they are packaged into some really exhaustive bundles, for example, the Driver Efficiency bundle (rearview camera, route framework, voyage control, and different treats); the Active Safety bundle (cowhide wrapped guiding wheel, warmed mirrors, and a suite of security alternatives); and the Cold Weather bundle (warmed windshield-washer framework, warmed seats, and an electric sponsor for the lodge warming framework). Essentially, Mercedes-Benz has set every one of the bits of the requesting riddle on the table. It's dependent upon you to assemble them.