2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito business van gets 4x4 variant

2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito business van gets 4x4 variant image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mercedes-Benz Press | posted February 11, 2015 11:53

Powered by a 2.1-liter inline-four engine that generates 190 PS and 440 Nm of torque

Mercedes-Benz Vans recently introduced the Vito 4x4, a business van specifically designed to take on rough terrain such as snow and dirt.

Based on the 2015 Vito that the company revealed last July 2014, the business van was released by Mercedes-Benz just as the winter in Europe was at its worse. It has a height of 1,910mm which allows the Vito 4x4 to easily slot in multi-story and underground car parks.

Thanks to a lightweight AWD system that does not use a conventional differential locking system, it only weighs 50kg heavier than RWD the or FWD versions (1,761 kg) and saves a lot more on fuel.

The rear and side of the Mercedes-Benz Vito 4x4

Power is delivered to all four wheels via the brand's proven 4ETS Electronic Traction System with ESP and ASR dynamic handling control systems. In an event where one or more wheels lose traction, the 4ETS individually brakes the affected wheels and then transfers power to wheels with better traction. Mercedes-Benz added that the unique system has the same effect of having three differential locks.

The Vito 4x4 is powered by the range-topping 119BlueTEC powertrain which consist of a 2.1-liter inline-four engine that is mated to a 7G-Tronic Plus automatic gearbox. The engine puts out 190 PS along with a healthy torque pull of 440 Nm. It has a top sped of 199 km/h and has an average fuel consumption of 15.6 km/l.

It is available in Germany with a retail price of EUR 36,120 (about PHP 1.8 million) and will be followed by two other models that puts out 136 PS and 163 PS.