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2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris
All connoisseurs of Mercedes luxury will be surprised to know that its line of commercial vehicles is void of any refinement. These cars exist to meet transportation and haulage needs rather than provide drivers with fancy interiors. Nonetheless, they maintain the brand’s image due to reliability and ultimate safety. Let’s conduct 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris review to get evidence of German’s unflinching quality.
New Mercedes-Benz Metris model might be characterized as a commercial vehicle that comes in between a small van and a mid-size van classes. Its exterior is all about austerity, garnished with smooth curves and an omnipresent luminous badge. The vehicle is available in two versions: cargo and passenger. Mercedes hopes that Metris will improve the situation with the sales of passenger versions, despite the fact that its renowned Sprinter model gives 85% of cargo version sales and only 15% - of passenger version sales.
First of all, it should be mentioned that Metris is based on European-marketed Vito van. Yet, unlike its ‘parent’ that uses diesel engine (similar to E-Class and Sprinter models), North-American solution runs on gasoline. New cars are furnished with 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and an automatic 7-speed transmission. In order to comply with various demands, Mercedes offers the model in three drive configurations: front-wheel, rear-wheel, and all-wheel.
The implementation of a turbocharged gear proves to be beneficial when driving at an altitude: it doesn’t lose power on rise, unlike other engine types. Besides, the van demonstrates a perfect maneuverability on turns, providing for a firm and well-controlled body lean.
To proceed with 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris review, passenger modifications come with 7 or 8 seats, arranged in 2-2-3 or 2-3-3 configuration. The rear seats are solidly fixed to the floor, offering sufficient room for comfortable sitting. Space allotted for cargo makes up 38 cubic feet. Moreover, customers are free to select between side-hinged or top-hinged barn doors versions. Cargo vehicles boast 186 cubic feet capacity and about 2.500 lb. payload index.
As far as interior is concerned, it features a more sophisticated looks than, for example, Sprinter or Spartan models. Of course, you won’t find natural wood or brushed-aluminum in Metris saloon; still, the materials are more qualitative than dull plastic.
The driver won’t find fault with workspace or ergonomics – that is a pleasant bonus for a person who is probably going to spend day-after-day on duty. Besides, the driver will be accompanied by the infotainment platform which is all about a stereo system with an option for a navigator.
The availability of safety equipment is a key merit of a new Metris (the majority of commercial vehicles are not lucky to have one!). This equipment includes: a host of airbags with side curtain bags for passengers; a load-adaptive electronic stability control system that estimates the loaded weight of the car, centers gravity and adjusts driving parameters properly; a lane-departure warning; a blind-spot warning; a self-parking system; a rear-view camera.
To finalize with 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris review, it’s necessary to talk about pricing. Cargo versions with standard features will cost $29.945; passenger models with standard trim line will be marketed at $33.495, while the price tag for vans with additional options might rise beyond $40.000. However, Mercedes assures that Metris is distinguished by low Total Cost of Ownership – the thing that is going to draw as much customers.
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