2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris: Attractive upgrade for the Van

Daimler AG
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Nov. 24. 2020
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Stuttgart, Germany - Now extensively updated, the new version is even more attractive. Highlights for the facelift include new products and features in infotainment, driver assistance systems as well as enhancements to the design. The new generation Metris will arrive in U.S. dealerships the first half of 2021.

Since its U.S. launch in 2015, the Mercedes-Benz Metris represents the epitome of a versatile mid-size van. The Mercedes-Benz Metris features advantages such as - top service at dealerships, top levels of safety and ergonomics, and exemplary Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). This mid-size van can easily fit into a parking garage in metropolitan areas, and can also meet the needs of those who utilize a van for daily driving or their professional trade. In addition, it carries many of the rugged characteristics of the Sprinter allowing it to take on various terrains.

For the first time the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is now available for all Metris variants. The comfortable and efficient automatic transmission with torque converter replaces the 7G-TRONIC that was previously offered on the Metris. Drivers can use the DYNAMIC SELECT switch to select drive programs "Comfort" and "Sport", and thus tailor the shifting behavior to their driving requirements. Alternatively, they can shift manually in "M" mode using DIRECT SELECT steering wheel gearshift paddles.

The Metris demonstrates its versatility by offering two wheelbases, including the 126" standard wheelbase and 135" long wheelbase for the cargo variants, and a 126" standard wheelbase for the passenger variant. The range of variants make it ideal for a large variety of trades: as a cargo van it reliably meets all requirements in goods and freight transportation, or as a mobile parts store and service vehicle. While the passenger variant is used predominantly to transport people and goods.

Because of its varied use as a commercial vehicle, the optional equipment of the Metris is particularly diverse with myriad options for door and window variants along with roof rails. The load compartment comes standard with a wooden floor and the option for plastic flooring, a rail system for load anchoring, lashing rails on the sidewall and interior paneling which provides maximum functionality. In the cargo van a new, optional and durable yet lightweight- construction floor made of plastic, plays fully to its strengths.

The Metris is optimally equipped to deal with emergencies thanks to the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system and the Breakdown Management function available from vehicle handover. The emergency call system comes as standard. Through the crash sensors, accidents can be registered immediately and rescue services can be automatically notified if the passengers do not react through an immediately established voice call. Alternatively, the emergency call can also be initiated manually using the SOS button in the overhead control panel. The system establishes a voice call with the Mercedes-Benz emergency call center. The precise location is then transmitted along with further information which is needed for the rescue and recovery operation.

The designers have further refined the distinctive and dynamic design of the Mercedes-Benz Metris. For instance, the new Metris can be identified by the restyled radiator grille, which is coupled with the special equipment items DISTRONIC, Active Brake Assist or painted bumpers. The Mercedes star is centrally positioned in the radiator grille and surrounded by three black grained louvers. A radiator grille in a chrome design is also available as an option for all Metris models – with the louvers also designed with a chrome finish.

The designers have also updated the Metris in the interior. The robust and elegant "Caluma" fabric replaces the previous "Tunja" fabric. The facelift brings new air vents in a sporty turbine look on the left- and right-hand edge of the instrument panel. In conjunction with the optional Chrome Package the central dashboard is now framed by an element in a high- quality piano-lacquer look. With this option the frames of the new air vents are also in chrome.

As of last year, customers now also have a whole host of new configuration options for the exterior of all Metris models. The color palette for metallic paint finishes was extended to include Graphite Grey and Selenite Grey. Plus, the well- loved Hyacinth Red metallic familiar from Mercedes-Benz passenger cars was also added to the selection list for all models. Equally new is the optional Steel Blue paint finish.