Conversion vans are incredibly versatile vehicles. They can be luxurious yet rugged; easy to drive yet spacious; and they can also come in a mid-size package.
For years, people have thought of conversion vans as large, renovated cargo vehicles. However, this is no longer the case. The Mercedes Metris, mid-size conversion by Explorer Vans encompasses the style and dependability of other full-sized conversion vans without the extra space.
Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes Metris by Explorer.
The Birth of the Mercedes Metris
In 2016, Mercedes Benz was all set to release their mid-size van, Vito, to the United States. For many years, the Mercedes Vito has been popular in Europe and was originally named after the city of Vitoria, Spain, where the mid-size vans assembly factory resides.
After consulting with focus groups, Mercedes found that “Vito” was too closely associated with the Vito Corleonè, the fictional character in the book and film, The Godfather.
The name Metris was chosen, in reference to the metropolitan lifestyle the van adapts to. The Metris is the perfect middle-of-the-road mid-size van. It’s smaller than the Mercedes Benz Sprinter, but larger than a Ford Transit Connect.
In 2016, Explorer Van Conversions jumped at the opportunity to build a luxury van on a smaller and more nimble chassis.
Metris Minivan Features & Dimensions
For those seeking an alternative to a crossover or SUV, the Mercedes Metris is worth checking out.
To give some perspective, the size of the Metris is in between that of a minivan and a full-sized conversion. This slightly smaller frame still features all of the same great luxury appointments such as quality leather seats and a state-of-the-art entertainment system. Available in flat-top and raised-roof models, both fit easily in a standard vehicle garage.
|Mercedes Metris Dimensions|
|Overall height (Raised-Roof)||82”|
|Overall height (Low-Top)||74.4”|
|Head room||Low Top: 41.4” Raised Roof: 48.4”|
|Leg room||Driver: 43”, 2nd Row: 18”, 3rd Row: 17”|
|Power sliding doors height||49”|
|Power sliding doors width||35.5”|
|Rear doors/hatch height||48”|
|Rear doors/hatch width||50”|
|Cargo room||38 cu ft.”|
The Mercedes Metris comfortably seats 7 passengers as well as plenty of cargo. This middle-of-the-road sized conversion van is ideal for an active family, business or other organization.
Who says powerful things can’t come in smaller packages? The Metris is powered by a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder in-line, turbo charged 7-speed transmission. With a 208 horsepower engine and 258 lb/ft of torque, performance is never an issue.
With a towing capacity of up to 5,000 lbs, the Metris can pull about 1,400 lbs. more than the most powerful minivans. This is perfect for a smaller boat or lightweight trailer.
Best of all, the Metris achieves competitive fuel economy earning 20 mpg/city and 23 mpg/highway.
|Mercedes Metris Capabilites|
|Engine||2.0L, 4-cylinder turbocharged|
|Transmission||7-G tronic automatic|
|Towing capacity||5,000 lbs|
|Fuel tank||18.5 gallon|
|Fuel economy||20 mpg/city and 23 mpg/highway|
Luxury Mercedes Minivan Amenities
The interior and exterior details on the Metris don’t disappoint! Mercedes and Explorer combine sophistication and comfort to deliver truly luxurious mid-size conversion. The Metris by Explorer features the same, high quality wood grain trim found in other Explorer Vans.
If you choose to purchase the Vista Roof (Raised Roof) model, the natural light flowing in creates an ambient setting. Not to worry, the low-top model is outfitted with both map lights and reading lights for a soft finish; a dimmer package is also available.
Comfortable, leather captain’s chairs as well as a rear sofa make the passenger experience incredibly relaxing. At the Explorer factory in Warsaw, Indiana, more than 100 skilled craftsmen oversee each van, working to create a truly comfortable van.
With plenty of entertainment features, the Metris will surely keep the kids from asking Are we there yet?. The 22” HDMI screen connects to wireless Bluetooth headphones as well as the built in Blu-Ray DVD player. Gaming systems and other devices can be connected using USB ports.
Park assist, Bluetooth connection capability, Harmon navigation and so much more make the Metris the perfect van for.
Is the Mercedes Metris Right for You?
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