Possibly The Best Cargo Van For Crowded Cities
If you’re a tradesman working in a crowded city, then the Mercedes-Benz Metris just might be the solution to your commercial van needs. A purpose built mid-sized cargo van, it’s designed to have more cargo capacity than a mini-van, while being a more maneuverable option to the full-size Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Although relatively new to North America, it’s been helping tradesmen in other populated cities worldwide for years.
Metris for Metropolitan areas
Through an impressive compact design, the Metris has the power (208hp / 258lb-ft torque) and the cargo area (186 cubic feet) to haul all your tools and equipment and yet is small enough to easily navigate narrow streets, crowded job sites and tight underground parking garages. It’s this ability to slip through heavy traffic areas, which makes it the ideal mid-sized cargo van.
With a roof height of only 74.4 inches, one of the biggest advantages of the Mercedes-Benz Metris is its ability to park in an average size home garage, as well as underground parking garages. According to Bernie Glaser, vice-president and managing director of Daimler Vans USA, the important word is garage-ability.
“We talked to customers and some…like a small van concept that fits into a garage, but then complain that it doesn’t hold enough of the things they need to put in there.”
Hence the Metris: “The plumber who’s going to drive the thing home overnight can park it inside, in areas where you’re not allowed to park commercial vehicles overnight,” he said.
Glaser noted that the Metris will fit into any underground parking garage, yet “it brings 50% more payload than the Ford Transit Connect.”
Handles like a Car
Because of its small footprint, special tuned suspension and tight turning radius, the Metris handles and drives like a car. With a fuel efficient 4 cylinder turbocharged engine and a 7 speed automatic transmission, it easily hauls its best in class (2502 pounds) payload capacity. This makes it the rear wheel drive alternative to the other small cargo vans like the Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV 200 and the Ram C/V.
Ready to Upfit
The Mercedes-Benz Metris comes from the dealer as an empty shell, ready to upfit to your individual needs. Ranger Design can help you transform that a bare shell into a well-organized work vehicle, one that helps you become more efficient and saves you money.
Ranger Design has a complete line of Metris van accessories to meet any tradesman’s specifications including:
Metris van shelves – a wide range of layouts available in steel or aluminum
Metris van partitions – to help improve the safety and comfort of your van
Metris ladder racks – designed to safely and securely carry your ladder
To quickly get your Metris into service; you can choose from specially designed trade upfit packages. Complete layouts are available for: Contractor, Plumber, HVAC, Electrician, Locksmith, Mobile Service and Delivery.