Mercedes reveals new Vito

Mercedes Vito

6Mercedes Vito

Mercedes-Benz Vans has revealed the new Vito ahead of its official launch later in the year.

The revised model will go on sale in Q2 with new engines, new safety equipment and mild cosmetic changes.

The electric eVito Tourer also gets a battery upgrade, extending its range to around 260 miles.

Visually, the van looks much the same as it did before. There’s a new grille and some minor interior tweaks.

All rear-wheel-drive Vitos now come with Mercedes’ OM654 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is offered with 136PS, 163PS and 190PS.

The two more powerful units come fitted with a nine-speed auto, while the lower-powered van gets a six-speed manual (the auto is optional).

Fuel economy ranges from 46.3 to 48.7mpg for the new variants.

Front-wheel-drive versions are also available, using a smaller 1.7-litre diesel engine with 102PS or 136PS. These models are less efficient, with 43.4-44.1mpg, and only come with a manual transmission.

The eVito Tourer passenger carrier now comes fitted with a 100kWh battery, boosting its available range by 92 miles. Unfortunately, this battery upgrade has not been extended to the panel van version.

Maximum payload now sits at 1,396Kg, clever innovations such as using a plastic floor lining instead of wood helps save 12-15Kg.

There’s a new infotainment system that features Mercedes Pro Connect connected services, plus a digital rear-view mirror that uses a camera mounted on the rear.

Other updates include the addition of adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking.

The new model will be on sale in the second quarter of 2020, when pricing and specifications will be announced.

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