Getting Into the Details on Mercedes' Commercial Van
Mercedes has beefed up its commercial van offerings in the U.S. with the new midsize Metris. But commercial doesn’t mean completely stripped down in this Mercedes’ case. Here are a few cool features you can get on the Metris passenger van:
More on the Metris: Read our First Drive review HERE.
The Metris passenger van comes standard with dual sliding rear doors for easy access. Power sliding doors are optional.
Multiple Toddlers? No Problem
Each rear seat has LATCH-system anchor points for a child seat, making transporting multiple toddlers no problem at all.
The Metris can be equipped with Mercedes’ Attention Assist feature, which can detect and recognize driver fatigue through steering inputs. If the system thinks you’re getting drowsy, a coffee cup icon will appear to let you know it’s time for a break.
Still a Mercedes
The Metris comes out of Mercedes’ commercial vehicle division, but it’s still a Mercedes. For evidence of this, just look at the switchgear. Most of it is plucked straight out of the Mercedes parts bin.
How to Make the Metris More Luxurious
If you want more Mercedes luxury DNA in your commercial van, you can opt for the Interior Appearance package, which adds chrome trim, front footwell lighting, a comfort suspension, and carpeting. You can also specify premium rear door and tailgate trim and black leatherette seats.
The Germans still don’t seem to grasp Americans’ fascination with cupholders, but the designers of the Metris were generous enough to give the van six standard drink receptacles—almost enough for each passenger. Don’t need the rear cupholders? They’re detachable, so you can remove them for more armrest space.