And there are plenty of ways to customize it.
The Mercedes-Benz Metris Weekender, one of the most exciting additions to the Merc lineup, unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year is now the Metris Getaway. The German van has been renamed for the new model year and will offer more versatility and customization than ever before.
We've seen aftermarket upgrades to the Metris turn it into an impressive recreational vehicle, but now Mercedes in collaboration Driverge Vehicle Innovations is taking things to the next level, with special new campers available to purchase directly from Mercedes dealerships. Plenty of standard equipment is included, and if that's not enough, a number of optional extras can further enhance the van.
Driverge has added to the regular van with a second battery (ideal for appliances and the like), a pop-up roof with a sleeping area, a multipurpose rear bench seat the can be expanded into a bed large enough for two, and swiveling front seats to make the interior of the van feel like a spacious lounge. In addition, the abovementioned rear bench seat also boasts rails that allow it to slide out of place for when you need more storage space.
Klaus Rehkugler, the Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Sales & Marketing, says that the brand has recognized a shift back to camper vans in the US domestic market and that Driverge's conversions - already offered in Europe - will be "a first for us in the US."
While no new color schemes are offered for the van, customers can still customize their Getaways with around 200 different colored decals. More practical options include insect screens, an awning, roof racks for surfboards and more, and a pull-out kitchen. In addition, the van offers a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds and you can also spec solar panels for extended trips in the wild.
For those who find Volkswagen's camper a little too small, the Mercedes-Benz Metris Getaway looks like the perfect way to have a mobile home away from home. It's already available at dealerships, so if you've been waiting for a holiday in the bush, now is the time.