Mercedes-Benz unveiled a quartet of concept vehicles today at the SEMA show that provide an early look at a new van lineup for America. "We are pleased to reconfirm our September announcement at the IAA Truck Show in Hannover that we will launch a midsize commercial van in the U.S. market in fall 2015," said Bernie Glaser, Vice President and Managing Director of Daimler Vans USA, LLC. Based on the latest generation of the highly regarded Vito launched in Europe this summer, Glaser said it will be called the Metris here and offer "unmatched versatility, size, and safety." 

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We'll be getting the long-wheelbase (135.0-inch) version of the Vito/Metris in a variety of cargo- and passenger-specific configurations. This newcomer is larger overall than a Ram ProMaster City and fills a void between trucks in that class and the much larger Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster. Vito buyers in Europe have a choice of four different turbodiesel engines that make from 88 to 188 horsepower - all backed by 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission - as well as front, rear, or all-wheel drive, although the powertrain choices might be narrower in the U.S. Like all M-B products, we expect the Metris to come with the same comprehensive array of standard safety features found in the Euro Vito and almost certainly offer additional driver-assist systems like Active Parking Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. 

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The "Mission Metris" one-offs prepared for SEMA were created to showcase a broad range of uses starting with a Party/DJ Van from RENNtech fitted with an articulated clamshell roof and all of the on-board goodies needed to liven up any street celebration. Garmin's Mobile Golf Pro Shop Metris houses a high-tech golf simulator and infotainment center. RADO created a Fire Chief Concept Truck capable of serving as a rolling command post and communications center while HQ Custom Design took the Luxury Van route with a leather-lined VIP shuttle complete with primo audio/video entertainment hardware.

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