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OverviewChassis and safety: specific configurations for panel van and crewbusCockpit and interior: driver's workplace thoroughly upgraded in terms of functionality and appearanceEngine and drive system: unmatched economy and environmental friendlinessExterior and body: new highlights underscore the Vito's robust appearanceSummary: The new Mercedes-Benz Vito
Sep 1, 2010
- Detailed overhaul of controls
- New practical features assist the driver
- Key focus on good information and entertainment
- New fabrics, new colour concept for the interior
- New: Vito CREW and SHUTTLE crewbus model variants
The list of new features inside the new Mercedes-Benz Vito is long. They all boil down to added comfort and an even higher-quality look and feel – a van bearing the Mercedes star is a treat for the driver, too.
Detailed overhaul of controls
The clear layout of the instrument panel and the clearly legible instruments have been retained – there are some things which simply defy improvement. The shift lever features new contours, however. Depending on the equipment variant, the knob now sports a high-gloss badge with chrome surround. In the upper control panel on the centre console, pushbuttons have replaced the previous rocker switches to facilitate intuitive operation while at the same time providing a more attractive appearance. The seat heating is now more finely adjustable, offering three levels as opposed to the previous two. The overhead control unit has been upgraded with two reading lamps in certain equipment variants. In the Vito crewbus equipped with additional heat exchanger or rear air conditioning, corresponding new controls are also incorporated together with a display.
New practical features assist the driver
New items of equipment enhance the Vito, offering scope for individualisation and assistance above all for the driver as he or she goes about their work. A backup camera is optionally available as a practical reversing aid in conjunction with the COMAND system, to help avoid the typical knocks and minor damage that may occur during manoeuvring. The camera's lens is integrated in the licence plate panel on the tailgate. When reverse gear is engaged, the camera picture is displayed on the COMAND screen, with superimposed lines providing additional assistance for the driver.
A four-spoke multifunction steering wheel with new control buttons and matt chromed spoke trims, similar to the steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, is now available as an option for the Vito.
Information for the driver, entertainment for the passengers
A new generation of radios is being introduced into all Vito variants, guaranteeing the best in information and entertainment. A Bluetooth hands-free system and a CD/DVD drive come as standard throughout the range, as does an Aux connection for separate devices. The top-of-the-range audio systems feature the new generation of voice control which goes by the name of LINGUATRONIC, for radio, CD player/CD changer and navigation system. In addition to the Bluetooth hands-free system the new convenience telephony system is now also available, featuring a fixed telephone console, roof antenna and optimum voice quality.
Rear Seat Entertainment is now on board the Vito crewbus to keep the rear passengers duly entertained and informed. The Vito covers the full spectrum of media wishes, from an entertaining film to an informative presentation for business associates. On request, it can be fitted at the factory with the corresponding wiring and mountings for devices in the roof liner. A fold-out monitor with DVD player and infrared headphones is available through Mercedes-Benz Accessories and can be fitted by authorised Mercedes-Benz workshops.
New fabrics, new colour concept for the interior
The Vito offers new seat covers in exclusive design for the driver and passengers. The seat surface and backrest are covered in refined "Lima" fabric, while the side bolsters are in black. Side base sections in artificial leather highlight the Vito's robust character. The seats are optionally available with anthracite artificial leather upholstery all over.
The new colour concept for the interior panelling and floor coverings enhances the Vito's appearance. The entire cockpit is now finished in anthracite. The rear side panelling also comes as standard in the Vito crewbus and as an option in the Vito Mixto.
Rear passengers in the Vito crewbus can benefit from optional new interior lighting integrated in the handle recesses. Reading lights which can be operated individually are also installed here. These present an elegant appearance in modern clear-glass look with a chrome ring.
The Vito's interior designers have paid close attention to every last detail, as revealed by apparently minor features such as the new inside handle for the sliding door, whose new position renders it more accessible and markedly reduces the level of effort required to open the door. The rails to which the rear seats are fitted in the Vito crewbus have been provided with rubber lips. In addition to lending the floor area a more elegant appearance, these lips also facilitate removal of the seats and horizontal seat adjustment.
New: Vito CREW and SHUTTLE crewbus model variants
The Vito CREW is a new crewbus model variant aimed at applications in which robustness is more important than an extensive scope of equipment, e.g. in the building trade. It is also designed to appeal to particularly price-conscious buyers. The Vito CREW replaces the previous Vito Basic crewbus. Mercedes-Benz has upgraded the appointments in comparison to the predecessor model by way of exclusive interior panelling and a front passenger airbag. The Vito CREW comes exclusively with CDI diesel engines rated at 70 kW (95 hp) and 100 kW (136 hp). The options are limited to rear bench seats, air conditioning, additional heat exchanger, trailer coupling, radio and all-season tyres.
Another new model variant is the Vito SHUTTLE. This up-market crewbus is aimed at discerning customers. Key features include the Tempmatik controlled air conditioning system, comfort driver seat, a cockpit with Softouch surfacing, comfort bench seats, carpeting in the passenger compartment, bumpers in the vehicle's exterior colour and light-alloy wheels.