New transmission and safety features top the list of amenities for 2021 model.
The Mercedes-Benz Metris occupies a unique niche as Canada’s only midsize cargo van and wagon. It has more capacity than a compact van, but fits where a taller van can’t go, including lower-height parking garages in downtown cores.
The company recently held the global unveiling of the 2021 Metris, with several updates. In Europe, buyers can opt for diesel engines, a 4×4 driveline as the larger Sprinter can be optioned here, and even an all-electric Metris.
In Canada, the Metris uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, making 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and equipped with start/stop function for reduced fuel consumption and emissions. A major upgrade for the 2021 model is a nine-speed automatic transmission in place of the previous seven-speed automatic, which should provide improved fuel efficiency as well as smoother performance.
Other improvements include a new seven-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus satellite radio; an improved rearview camera; new grille; new 16- and 17-inch steel or alloy wheels; and interior features such as new plastic floor covering, black fabric seat covers, high-gloss trim, and vents.
On the safety side, the Metris now offers DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control, active brake assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a hold function, in addition to the driver attention assist, crosswind assist, and load-adaptive electronic stability program already offered.
The Metris comes in two lengths, and with a maximum payload of 2,491 lbs (1,130 kg). Pricing for the 2021 model will be announced closer to the on-sale date.