When you think of people carriers and Mercedes-Benz, only two nameplates immediately come to mind; the V-Class and the Vito. The former is posher and is geared towards family / recreational use. Meanwhile, the latter is more suited as a work van for builders or for other services.
But what if there's a way of making the Vito look and feel a bit more sporty without sacrificing its practicality? Enter the Vito Sport. We're not kidding, what you're looking at right now is a lowered, more aggressive-looking version of the Mercedes-Benz Vito.
It gets a sports suspension which drops its ride height by about 10mm, side skirts, cool graphics on the hood and side sills, roof rails, LED headlights and taillights, and a choice of either 17- or 19-inch alloy wheels. Mercedes-Benz was also busy making changes on the inside as the Sport models now come with leather upholstery, upgraded infotainment system with satellite navigation, chrome accents, and heated front seats.
Other amenities such as cruise control, reverse camera with active parking assist, as well as heated side mirrors are also available on the sporty van.
No mechanical changes were made under the hood however. That means the Vito Sport is still powered by a 2.1-liter turbo-diesel engine that is available in two states of tune, depending on the model. The entry-level version produces 163 PS at 3800 rpm along with 380 Nm of torque at 1400 – 2400 rpm. Meanwhile, the more powerful BlueTec variant puts out 190 PS at 3800 rpm and 440 Nm of torque at 1400 – 2400 rpm. A choice of either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission are available on the Vito Sport.
The all-new Vito Sport now serves as the top-of-the-line trim option for the van and starts at GBP 37,475 (about Php 2.434 million).
While the new Sport does make the van stand out more, we're not entirely sure if this was the right way of dressing up the Vito. Still, at least it's something instead of nothing.