Mercedes-Benz, the third largest luxury automaker in the world, has a huge model line-up that spans across segments from the tiny Smart vehicles (the brand belongs to Mercedes-Benz Cars) to the large commercial van Sprinter.

And these are only models that you can drive with your regular driver’s license, because even professional drivers have Mercedes models designed for them. The Sprinter commercial van is also present on the US market – in regular Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner declinations. Now, the German carmaker wants to complement the lower end of the van spectrum with specifically-tailored cargo and passenger versions of the European V Class. The automaker is now taking advantage of the giant Specialty Equipment Market Association show that is in full swing this week in Las Vegas to announce the midsized van. Called the Metris, the new van is scheduled to hit North American dealerships in about 12 months and has been designed on a long-wheelbase version of the model. Back in Europe the van was known as the Vito before the generational change that brought the V Class moniker and Mercedes has produced the vehicle since 2003 in Vitoria, Spain.

With cargo and passenger variants available, the new Metris would follow the Sprinter path – the model is built in Europe and then shipped to the Daimler Vans plant in Ladson, South Carolina for assembly.

Via Automotive News


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