The all-new Mercedes-Benz Vito commercial van range has arrived in Australia, bringing fresh styling, new drivetrains, additional variants and a sharper starting price.
First revealed overseas around a year ago, the new Vito brings a sharper looking front-end and, Mercedes says, best-in-class cargo capacity and fuel economy.
The new entry-level 111CDI variant kicks off at $37,140 plus on-road costs, but Mercedes is offering the new model at the promotional price of $36,990 drive-away for a limited time.
The 111CDI is a short wheelbase model with a six-speed manual transmission, while an extra $3300 will buy you the 111CDI long wheelbase - reflecting the price-difference between SWB and LWB models across the range.
Again, Mercedes is offering an introductory drive-away price for the 111CDI LWB manual which cuts the price-gap to $3000 at $39,990.
From there, buyers can choose from a range of ‘BlueTEC’ models in both short- and long-wheelbase with prices starting from $41,940 plus on-roads.
The 114BlueTEC SWB and LWB are available with a manual transmission, but all other variants are available only with Benz’s seven-speed automatic.
Sitting at the top of the range is the 114 and 119 BlueTEC mid-wheelbase Crew Cab models, priced from $51,390 and $57,190 respectively. Crew Cab variants come with a removable back seat and windows in the sliding side doors.
Payloads for the 2015 Vito range from 895kg to 1285kg (the latter up 11 percent), and braked towing capacity is rated at two tonnes across the range.
Power comes from a choice of two four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines, available in either 1.6 or 2.1 litre capacities - the latter utilising a bi-turbo setup.
The 1.6 litre engine is good for 84kW of power and 270Nm of torque, while the 2.1 litre is available with 100kW/330Nm, 120kW/380Nm or 140kW/440Nm outputs.
Front-wheel-drive models form part of the range for the first time in Australia at the entry-level, but the majority still see power sent to the rear wheels.
Benz says fuel consumption has improved by up to 30 percent over the outgoing model, with a best fuel figure for the range of 6.0 l/100km.
The body has grown 132mm in length over the previous Vito, topping out at 5370mm for LWB models. Height may be an issue for tight carparks - measuring 1910mm but rising to 1958mm with roof rails.
Standard safety equipment for the 2015 Vito includes driver fatigue detection, front airbags, crosswind assist, electronic stability control, rollover control and trailer-stability assist for models with towbars.
Inside, the Vito gets a 5.8-inch colour infotainment screen, Bluetooth and a USB input, but Benz has deleted the CD player from the previous model.
Options include barn doors for the rear, along with LED headlights, a reversing camera, side airbags, parking assist, blind spot monitoring and lane-keep assist.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito arrives alongside the new Vito-based Valente people-mover, and ahead of the new V-Class which is scheduled to arrive in local showrooms soon.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2015 MERCEDES-BENZ VITO
- 111CDI SWB manual - $37,140 ($36,990 drive-away for a limited time)
- 111CDI LWB manual - $40,440 ($39,990 drive-away for a limited time)
- 114BlueTEC SWB manual - $41,940
- 114BlueTEC LWB manual - $45,240
- 116BlueTEC SWB - $47,340
- 116BlueTEC LWB - $50,640
- 119BlueTEC SWB -$50,400
- 119BlueTEC LWB - $53,700
- 114BlueTEC Crew Cab - $51,390
- 119BlueTEC Crew Cab - $57,190