2020 Mercedes-Benz Vito debuts with new looks and new strengths

12-03-2020 16:00
The deluxe Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV went through a facelift last year, and the more affordably priced Vito and eVito Tourer follow suit now. The changes aren’t limited to exterior and cabin and go as far as the powertrain and tech.

The deluxe Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV went through a facelift last year, and the more affordably priced Vito and eVito Tourer follow suit now. The changes aren’t limited to exterior and cabin and go as far as the powertrain and tech.

The OM 651 series of diesel engines yields its place to the newer, 2.0-liter, modular OM 654 series. Customers in Europe may choose from four versions: 136 hp / 330 Nm, 163 hp / 380 Nm, 190 hp / 440 Nm. and 239 hp / 500 Nm. The latter spec can develop up to 530 Nm of torque during rapid acceleration.

As a result, the range-topping Vito now sprints 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 7.9 seconds and tops out at 210 km/h (130 mph). A nine-speed transmission sends the power to the rear wheels, but AWD is also available.
The OM 622 1.7-liter diesel remains in stock. It is obtainable in two forms, specifically 102 hp / 270 Nm and 136 hp / 330 Nm, and only comes with a six-manual transmission and FWD.

The battery-powered eVito Tourer is now much better-specced and therefore closer to the more expensive EQV. It ditches the old electric motor rated at just 116 hp and 295 Nm of torque in favor of a new one capable of 204 hp and 362 Nm. The traction battery size rises from 41 kWh to 100 kWh, out of which 90 kWh constitutes the real usable capacity. This results in the maximum driving range of 421 kilometers, as contrasted against only 186 km from earlier. The top speed remains capped at 140 km/h, but you may pay extra to unlock 160 km/h.

Options include adaptive air suspension, automatic emergency brake, active cruise control, a rear view display, an enhanced reversing camera, and LED headlights. Top trim levels additionally introduce a 7-inch infotainment screen and navigation software complete with detailed 3D maps and real-time traffic situation display.

Sales of the facelifted Mercedes-Benz Vito in Germany will start in a few days, with the eVito Tourer following in summer.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
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