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Mercedes breathes new life into the Vito

Date: 26 August 2014   |   Author: James Dallas

The German brand has revealed the first pictures and specification details of its new contender in the competitive medium van segment. James Dallas takes a look

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the first details and pictures of its new Vito medium van, which will make its public debut at the Hanover CV motor show in September, before going on sale in the UK in the first quarter of 2015.

The brand will offer the model in three bodystyles - panel van, crew van and Vito Tourer passenger van - and, in the UK, in front- and rear-wheel drive modes. Mercedes has introduced an all-wheel drive model to the line-up, but, unlike the larger 4x4 Sprinter, this will not be coming to the UK. The current Vito is produced as a RWD model only.

Gross vehicle weights range from 2.5 to 3.2 tonnes, and in Germany prices will start from ?17,990 (£14,227), excluding VAT for the 109 CDI panel van with FWD. Mercedes claims the new model range will have a best-in-class maximum payload of 1369kg.

The new Vito comes with two turbo-diesel engines with five power ratings, although the lower-rated units are not yet confirmed for the UK.  The Vito 109 CDI gets a 88hp 1.6-litre unit and the 111 CDI has increased power of 114hp. A 2.1-litre engine is available with outputs of 136hp on the 114 CDI, 163hp on the 116 CDI, and 190hp for the flagship Euro6 Vito 119 Bluetec.

A UK spokesman said the 116 Blue Efficiency would be the most economical engine, achieving an official 49.6mpg on the combined cycle. Mercedes promises that consumption will be 20% less across the range than for the current Vito.

Six-speed manual transmission is standard on lower-powered models, and the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission is an option on the 114 CDI and 116 CDI, and standard on the 119 Bluetec derivative.