By on November 4, 2014

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Mercedes-Benz is introducing a version of its V-Class van to the North American market, and is using the SEMA show to preview the new vehicles.

While powertrains have not been announced, the van, dubbed the Metris, will be 202-inches long, and come in both passenger and cargo vans. Automotive News is reporting that

As with the larger Sprinter van, the Metris will be made in Europe and shipped to the Daimler Vans plant in Ladson, S.C., for final assembly…Cargo versions will come from Vitoria, with the drivetrain, fuel tank and battery removed to avoid a 25 percent tariff known as the “chicken tax.” Those components will be reinstalled at the Ladson plant. It’s the same process cargo versions of the Sprinter undergo. Passenger vans are not subject to the chicken tax.

TTAC first reported on the possible importation of the V-Class roughly a year ago.

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50 Comments on “Mercedes-Benz Metris Is North America’s V-Class...”


  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    I foresee this becoming the new Hollywood secret government tech van in action movies.

    Following “insert action star here” around as he fights to stop “insert villain here” from taking over the world/destabilizing the world economy/nuking major capitals/etc.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    That doesn’t look like a particularly luxurious helicopter in which to arrive at your helipad of choice. But then again, he has to get in a van from there, so he OBVIOUSLY isn’t that well-off anyway.

    What was that large luxury style helicopter they used in the beginning and end of Jurassic Park? I like those.

    • 0 avatar
      ClutchCarGo

      That copter is more likely delivering some sort of luxury good (Cuban cigars/rare wine/high grade cocaine) to someone’s minions. The MB van is required to ensure that the luxury goods are properly maintained during delivery.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Ah ha! Good point.

        (imported hookers)

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          I really have to work on my super-villainy as the only imported hookers I can afford come all the way from Ohio.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Eastern Ohio hookers are a step down in quality from Eastern European hookers?

          • 0 avatar
            raresleeper

            Dem der Eastern European whores are more submissive, Sir.

            I live in St. Louis. Quite an interesting demographic we’ve got here.

            …and that’s all the time I have for today!

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @bball40dtw

            I see it as the hooker which was both ambitious, wily, and clever enough to both escape Eastern Europe and survive in this country as being far more intelligent than the Eastern Ohio variety. I prefer my hookers to not be clever or wise but to simply have the right assets and be a few pegs down on the Raven’s Matrices assessment. Which one is better could certainly be debated.

            @raresleeper

            Which is the natural state for the female. Fortunately you can still find such qualities with your home grown American variety as well, thank the Lord.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            You don’t really have a “hooker preference”… Not something one would readily admit to anyway

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @Lie2me

            This is true but the same ideas apply to ordinary women at large.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            I think I’ll stand way over here, don’t want to be part of the collateral damage

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            Shark: decisively and thoroughly jumped.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      CoreyDL,
      These vans are of the same theme as a Silverado station wagon Escalade. They are based on a rudimentary chassis, a commercial vehicle.

      The ones who consider the Escalade a full on luxury vehicle will be able to adapt to these quite easily.

    • 0 avatar
      Astigmatism

      Agusta 109; surprisingly affordable on the used market.
      http://www.controller.com/listingsdetail/aircraft-for-sale/AGUSTA-A109E-POWER/1999-AGUSTA-A109E-POWER/1296683.htm

      Of course, if you’re really ballin’:
      http://www.controller.com/listingsdetail/aircraft-for-sale/SIKORSKY-S-92/SIKORSKY-S-92/1310739.htm

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        I knew someone would know this! I like the smaller one, that Sikorsky looks too bloated, like it was made for cargo.

        I’d repaint the A109 – Black and gold or Navy and gold perhaps. I’ll need a company logo.

  • avatar
    Stumpaster

    It’s the Chrysler of minivans.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    Here in Australia these are called MB Viano’s. They come with the MB V6 3 litre diesel with around 420ftlb of torque. They have been around for a while.

    Looking at the pricing here they are not hugely expensive, a little more than a Toyota Tarago.

    They are rear wheel drive as well and do handle and brake well for a van from what I’ve read.

  • avatar
    raresleeper

    Just THE van for the wealthy liberal couple in the McMansion down the street for carting around their 10 internationally adopted kids.

    Mike Wolf and Frank Fritz ain’t got sh*t on this. Yo.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I don’t want to go off on a rant here, but I can’t stand such people. The last time I checked there are plenty of American children in need of adoption.

      • 0 avatar
        raresleeper

        I agree.

        I have seen such colorful families.

        Ralph is from Venezuela. Neeta is from Cambodia.

        Then there’s always one lone child. Poor Midwestern kid, his parents one and only biological child.

        Poor, poor Timmy. But he understands “culture” more than anyone, and he’s probably a nice kid, too.

      • 0 avatar
        Astigmatism

        There are American children in need of adoption, but it’s a lot harder to adopt an American newborn – there are usually long wait times, high costs, etc., largely because there are many more couples wanting newborns than there are newborns up for adoption. International adoption has historically been easier and quicker.

        http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/15/us-adoption-domestic-waits-idUSBRE90E15Y20130115

        And yes, there are entirely too many children in foster care, but (not to put it too bluntly) just as more people want puppies than grown dogs, prospective parents usually want newborns to raise as their own rather than a child who could be bringing in a complicated history with medical or emotional issues from its foster history.

        That said, I don’t know wtf any of this has to do with a new Mercedes van.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Thanks for the reply and the link. I do not disagree with your argument I -just as an ordinary person- hoped people who wanted to adopt children had matured enough to realize puppies, ponies, and the like all grow up.

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          “That said, I don’t know wtf any of this has to do with a new Mercedes van.”

          We digress, it happens

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Have you all seen the camper version of this?

    http://www.richestlifestyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/mercedes-benz-v-class-marco-polo-1.jpg

    $77K

  • avatar
    petezeiss

    My first thought when I saw this van was “carpets”.

    Installation or cleaning, I’m not sure.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    “Engineered to move the human spirit.”

    “Mercedes-Benz. The future of the automobile.’

    “Unlike any other.”

    “Engineered like no other car in the world.”

    “The best or nothing at all.”

    “Das beste oder nichts!”

    • 0 avatar
      RHD

      “Unlike any other… except the Chrysler Town and Country. It’s actually just like it.”
      “The future of the automobile… on the rack at the dealership, while we charge 275 bucks for a simple oil change and tire rotation!”
      “The best, or nothing at all… a false choice! You could also have one of our mediocre, overpriced Teutonic taxis if you are snobbish and gullible enough!”
      “Pay große Mengen Geld, leichtgläubig amerikanisch!”

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Luxury vans are the executive transport of choice in much of Asia. Eventually American mucky-mucks will figure it out. They’re far roomier than black sedans or SUVs, and ride better than most of the SUVs. Mercedes is ahead of the curve on this one, between the Sprinter (which is already a frequent conversion target) and now the more traffic-manageable V-Class.

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      You think luxury vans could be the next big thing? Nah! Still looks like a minivan

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        American CEOs will fall in love with having enough space to work at a proper desk with a laptop and papers. As long as it’s black and shiny they won’t particularly care that it’s boxy.

        Last time I was in Phoenix on business, I stayed at a posh Scottsdale resort courtesy of my employer. I saw two converted Sprinters doing the airport run. But I wasn’t nearly special enough to get one — they gave me the usual bouncy, surprisingly cramped Escalade.

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