Replacing the now 10 year-old second-generation model, the new Vito brings a sharper looking front-end and, Mercedes says, best-in-class cargo capacity.
Loads of up to 1369kg can be hauled with the rear-wheel-drive models, while all-wheel-drive and lighter front-wheel-drive models will also be offered.
Panel, Crew and bus-like Tourer models will be offered, with two different wheelbases and three different body lengths, the latter coming to 4895, 5140 and 5730mm.
Depending on the model, engines will include 65kW and 84kW tunes of a 1.6 litre four-cylinder diesel in front-wheel-drive models, along with 100kW, 120kW and 140kW versions of a 2.15 litre diesel in the rear and all-wheel-drive models.
Six-speed manual transmissions will be standard, with a seven-speed auto as an option on some models.
The panel and Crew-van models are specified to load-lugging requirements, although the Tourer’s comfort suspension system - with softer springs and more sensitive shock absorber settings - will be available as an option with the Crew model.
All models will be equipped with disc brakes all round, adaptive ESP and up to eight bags depending on the trim grade and body style.
Merc’s Attention Assist system will also be standard, monitoring the driver’s wakefulness and attentiveness.
There’s also Crosswind Assist, designed to counteract the effects of heavy winds against the vehicle’s sides.
Options will include Active Parking Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist, along with Intelligent Light System with LED low-beams, daytime running lights and cornering lights.
The new Vito will hit European showrooms in October and, like the new V-Class people-mover, we can likely expect a 2015 launch in Australia.
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