Mercedes-Benz has announced availability of the updated 2011 Vito range, bringing a styling overhaul, new drivetrains, significant price cuts and fewer variants.
Powering the Vito range are four diesel engines: one V6 and three versions of a new 2.2 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine (each with a different power output).
Powering the entry-level short-wheelbase 110CDI manual van is a 70kW/250Nm version of the new engine, with fuel consumption listed at 7.7 l/100km.
The mid-range Vito 113 offers 100kW and 310Nm of torque, while the 116 produces 120kW and 350Nm of torque. Despite being more powerful, both the 113 and 116 list fuel consumption figures of 7.4 l/100km. Each of the three engine variants is equipped with an oxidation catalytic convertor and particulate filter.
Mercedes has also updated the 3.0 litre V6 diesel powering its 122-badged variants, producing 165kW - a 10 percent increase over its predecessor. Torque remains unchanged at 440Nm between 1400 to 2800rpm, and fuel consumption is rated at 8.6 l/100km.
The new Vito range features the addition of a new six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment, while those preferring an automatic transmission can select the optional five-speed auto that has carried over from the outgoing Vito.
All manual models also gain a new stop-start system, designed to switch off the engine when stopped. Mercedes says this addition alone has contributed to fuel economy improvements of up to 15 percent.
Suspension engineering is similar to the outgoing Vito, although most components in the McPherson strut front and independent rear suspension arrangement have been redesigned.
Among the suspension tweaks up front are new towers, springs, dampers and an anti-roll bar, while the rear suspension gets new control arms, springs and dampers.
Gross weight for the Crew Cab is now listed at 2.94 tonne, while van models will carry 3.05 tonne.
On the styling front, the Vito range now features the sharpened headlights, daytime-running lights and pronounced grille being rolled out across the Mercedes line-up.
Inside, the Vito line-up gets new more-durable materials, a revised centre-stack with more functions, a colour display with aux and Bluetooth connectivity, and a multi-function steering wheel.
The eight-seater (with a ninth seat available as an option) Vito Wagon carries a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating (thanks in part to its standard-fit curtain airbags), while the commercial Vito models carry a 4-Star rating without the optional curtain airbags.
Standard safety features include ABS, electronic stability control, driver and passenger airbags, three-point seatbelts all round, and flashing brake lights.
Air conditioning, remote locking, dual sliding doors, tilt- and reach-adjustable steering, electric heated mirrors and 16-inch steel wheels are standard across the range. Cruise control is standard on all models except the entry-level 110.
Most models in the Vito range have been slashed by $2000, while the Vito Wagon has had $5000 cut from its Manufacturer's List Price.
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito 110CDI SWB - $37,990
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito 113CDI SWB - $39,490
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito 113CDI SWB - automatic - $41,990
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito 113CDI LWB - $42,990
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito 113CDI LWB - automatic - $45,490
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito 116CDI SWB - automatic - $44,490
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito 116CDI LWB - $45,490
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito 116CDI LWB - automatic - $47,990
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito 122CDI LWB - automatic - $55,990
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito 113CDI - $45,990
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito 113CDI - automatic - $48,490
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito 122CDI - automatic - $58,990
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito 113CDI - automatic - $52,990