Mercedes-Benz dealers in Australia welcomed the 2015 Valente people mover this week, as part of the all-new Vito commercial van range.
The Valente sits just below the range-topping 119BlueTEC mid-wheelbase Crew Cab in the Vito range, with prices starting from $56,830 plus on-roads.
That makes the Valente $360 cheaper than the top-spec Crew Cab, but $1790 more expensive than the previous model.
The Valente arrives as a single-spec model within the Vito range, available only with a 2.1 litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine producing 120kW and 380Nm matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel consumption has improved 23 percent over the previous model - down from 8.2 to 6.3 l/100km.
While the Vito has windows at the front and rear only, and the Crew Cab has glass in its sliding side doors, the Valente has windows all round.
Inside, the Valente comes with a 5.8-inch infotainment screen, climate control, Bluetooth and a USB port, but Mercedes has deleted the CD player from the outgoing model.
The interior also boasts eight seats as standard, but buyers can opt for a ninth seat if required to form a 3+3+3 arrangement.
The extra seat costs $690, while other options include satellite navigation, dual electric sliding doors, parking assist, reversing camera and lane-keep assist. Much of Benz’s safety options are available as a package deal.
Also available as a package is the Intelligent Light System, which adds LED headlamps, cornering lights and automatic high-beam for $2800.
Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability control, driver fatigue detection, crosswind assist and six airbags including full-length curtain airbags.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2015 MERCEDES-BENZ VITO
- 116BlueTec automatic – $56,380