Now if you’ve never heard the name Metris, you were probably distracted by all the glitz and glamor when Mercedes presented four of them at the SEMA show late last year. But that’s alright, because it’s a new nameplate: it’s essentially the same as the Vito sold overseas, where it will continue carrying that same name, while being sold in North America as the Metris.
Both cargo and passenger versions will be offered, the latter starting at $32,500 (plus that $995 destination fee). Power comes from a four-cylinder gasoline engine driving 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. It’s also got all the electronic bells and whistles you’d expect from a Mercedes, including fuel-efficiency and safety equipment – but stopping short, of course, of the luxury features. This is not that kind of Mercedes, and the luxed-up V-Class version offered overseas won’t be making it Stateside.