Mercedes-Benz has recently updated its mid-size van collection to maintain its appeal in anticipation of the forthcoming electric vehicle-dedicated successor models set to launch later this decade.
Presently, the single mid-size van offered by Mercedes in the U.S. market is the Metris. However, in other markets, it’s known as the Vito and is available alongside a more luxurious model, the V-Class. Both these models have electric versions, referred to as the eVito and EQV respectively.
Despite the Vito receiving upgrades, there are no intentions to introduce it in the U.S. as an updated version of the Metris. The existing Metris model remains on sale for U.S. customers but is set to be discontinued later this year.
Improvements made to the mid-size van series encompass exterior aesthetic adjustments, featuring a magnified grille and fresh light designs for the headlights. There’s also a revamped dashboard layout that incorporates a single panel with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, found in the upscale V-Class and EQV. The Vito and eVito commercial variants retain analog gauges with a 5.5-inch screen centrally positioned, along with a 10.3-inch infotainment screen. The new models also offer a choice of five new colors and various wheel designs, varying from 17-19 inches in size.
Mercedes has incorporated new digital services and safety elements, including an improved Active Brake Assist feature now operable at intersections. This collision warning system assists the driver by automatically applying additional brake pressure when required and triggers automatic emergency braking if the driver fails to do so.
There have been no modifications to the powertrains, meaning customers have a selection of diesel engines, including 4- and 6-cylinder variants, as well as an electric powertrain for the eVito and EQV.
While the Metris will soon be phased out in the U.S., Mercedes announced in May that it will introduce a luxury mid-size van in this market later this decade, based on the innovative Van.EA platform. The first model from this dedicated EV platform is expected in 2026, though the model’s name remains undisclosed.
Mercedes anticipates that by 2030, electric vans will make up 50% of its van sales.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mercedes V-Class update
What has Mercedes-Benz updated in its mid-size van family?
Mercedes-Benz has introduced various updates to its mid-size van family, which include aesthetic adjustments to the exterior like a larger grille and new light designs for the headlights. They’ve also revamped the dashboard design to incorporate a single panel with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen in some models. Five new colors, different wheel designs, and new digital services and safety features have also been added.
Is Mercedes planning to bring the updated Vito to the U.S. market?
No, despite the Vito receiving upgrades, Mercedes-Benz has no plans to introduce it as an updated version of the Metris in the U.S. market. The existing Metris model will continue to be available for U.S. customers but is set to be phased out later this year.
What new safety features have been added to the Mercedes mid-size van models?
One of the key new safety features is an improved Active Brake Assist feature that now works at intersections. This collision warning system aids the driver by automatically applying additional brake pressure when necessary and triggers automatic emergency braking if the driver fails to react.
Are there any changes to the powertrains in the updated models?
No, the powertrains remain unchanged. Customers still have a selection of diesel engines, including 4- and 6-cylinder options, as well as an electric powertrain for the eVito and EQV models.
What is Mercedes’ outlook for its electric van sales by 2030?
Mercedes-Benz expects electric vans to account for 50% of its van sales by 2030.
More about Mercedes V-Class update
- Mercedes-Benz official website
- Mercedes-Benz V-Class Information
- Mercedes-Benz’s Future Electric Vehicle Plans
- Mercedes-Benz Active Brake Assist Feature
- Mercedes-Benz Van.EA platform