The spacious van gets a smoother gearbox, new driver-assist tech, and a better infotainment interface.
While a Mercedes-Benz Cargo Van or Passenger Van isn't nearly as indulgent or exciting as other products within the brand's extensive portfolio - just take a look at the incredible new Maybach - these practical and hard-working vehicles continue to serve the needs of thousands of businesses, big and small, across the United States each day.
To ensure that even workers in hard hats and dungarees get access to the same technology as businessmen in three-piece suits, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris has been handed a slew of upgrades as part of a welcome facelift; the current Metris was launched in the US in 2015. Among these updates are an enhanced infotainment system, new driver-assist features, and a new gearbox.
The changes to the range apply to the Metris Cargo Van (available with two wheelbase lengths), the Metris Passenger Van, and the Metris Getaway Camper Van.
Notably, Mercedes-Benz's 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission is now standard, replacing the seven-speeder used previously. Paddle shifters are standard and drivers can choose between Comfort and Sport driving modes. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is unchanged and produces 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
In the cabin, a range of new technologies has been incorporated. The digital interior rearview mirror uses an image from an HDR camera, improving rearward visibility dramatically.
Upgraded Audio 30 and Audio 40 infotainment systems are equipped, with the seven-inch touchscreen providing access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This system is no MBUX, but it's a vast improvement over the archaic 5.8-inch display used previously. An available navigation system is offered, while Live Traffic Information makes its way into the Metris for the first time. An enhanced Bluetooth system enables both hands-free calling and easy audio streaming.
Staying with technology, the Metris also comes with a communication module (LTE), active brake assist, and available Distronic active distance assist. The latter is an adaptive cruise control system that maintains the distance from the preceding vehicle.
Elsewhere in the cabin, there is a new available plastic floor covering for Cargo Van models, high-gloss black center console trim, upgraded Caluma seat fabric covers, revised air vents, and available chrome accents.
Mercedes has subtly updated the exterior with a new radiator grille which is available in a chrome finish. A recently expanded color palette includes Graphite Grey, Selenite Grey, and optional Steel Blue. Finally, there are new 16- and 17-inch tires. Mercedes says that two new weight variants - 6,834 pounds and 6,393 lbs - are available.
Mercedes-Benz has not yet indicated pricing for the 2021 Metris lineup, which is slated to arrive at US dealerships sometime in the first half of 2021.