- Mercedes’ medium van now comes in three trim levels
- Pure, Progressive and Premium models to meet customer needs
- Extra standard kit across the Vito range for 2019
Where it previously only offered a single specification and lots of options, Mercedes is now dividing the Vito van and crew van into Pure, Progressive and Premium trim lines, in an effort to help customers make sure they get the right model for their needs.
Mercedes Vito: increased standard equipment for 2019
The entry-level Vito Pure includes a leather-covered steering wheel (and gearknob, on manual gearbox versions), ‘comfort’ driver’s seat, automatic headlights, parking sensors, Active Park Assist automatic parking, heated electric door mirrors and heat-insulating glass as standard, and is available on the 109 CDI, 111 CDI and 114 CDI variants.
That’s a significant upgrade over the previous Vito standard equipment tally.
Moving up to the Vito Progressive adds metallic paint, colour-coded bumpers, Audio 15 infotainment system with colour screen, electric-folding door mirrors, front fog lights, and driver’s lumbar support. This is available on all engines except the most powerful 119 CDI.
Finally, the top-spec Vito Premium includes air-conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome radiator grille, reversing camera, anti-theft protection package, pre-wiring for the budget Becker sat-nav system and – wait for it – velour floor mats. Engine choices are 114 CDI, 116 CDI and 119 CDI.
Note that sat-nav is not actually included, even on the Premium model. DAB digital radio remains only optional on the Vito as well.
Any other changes for the Mercedes Vito in 2019?
The above changes apply only to the Vito panel van and Vito crew van models – the fancier Vito Tourer keeps its existing Pro and Select trim levels, with an additional Sport variant arriving in Spring 2019.
Mercedes has also renamed the body length options – so instead of Compact, Long and Extra Long, you will now be dealing with L1, L2 and L3.
What does the 2019 Mercedes Vito cost?
Pricing for the 2019 Mercedes Vito starts at £20,630 (excluding VAT) for the 109 CDI L1.
The only engine available in all three new trim levels is the 114 CDI, and for comparison this costs £23,900 in Pure form, £25,570 in Progressive and £27,580 in Premium, all in the L2 body length.
Why has Mercedes introduced trim levels to the Vito?
Over to UK Mercedes-Benz Vans UK managing director Steve Bridge: ‘We pride ourselves on keeping our customers’ businesses moving, and part of that is ensuring that they find the right vehicle for their needs.
'By introducing three distinct trim levels to Vito, we hope to provide a clear and consistent offering to van owners and operators so that they can compare our products and services to the competition and choose the best solution for them and their business.’