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by Tim Beissmann

Mercedes-Benz Australia has launched the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito range with new drivetrains, fewer variants and lower prices across the range.

The price of the entry-level short-wheel base 110CDI manual has dropped by $2000, while the Toyota Tarago competitor, the Vito Wagon, is $5000 cheaper at $52,990.

Short-wheel base variants are 4763mm long, long-wheel base variants add 475mm for a total length of 5238mm, and the crew cab and wagon variants are both 5008mm.

The standard permissible gross vehicle weight is now up to 3.05 tonnes for vans and 2.94 tonnes for the crew cab. Load space is unchanged at 6.3m3 for the LWB and 5.2m3 for the SWB.

All engines in the diesel-only Vito range are now Euro V-compliant and equipped with BlueEFFICIENCY technology. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been cut by as much as 15 percent depending, on the variant.

The 110CDI, 113CDI and 116CDI models feature different tunes of the same four-cylinder 2.2-litre turbo-diesel. The 110 produces 70kW and 250Nm, the 113 makes 100kW and 310Nm, and the 116 tops the four-cylinders with 120kW and 350Nm. All feature a particulate filter and catalytic converter for cleaner emissions.

The standard transmission is a new six-speed manual with start/stop engine technology, while a five-speed automatic is a $2500 option.

In manual mode, the 110CDI uses 7.7 litres/100km and emits 203g/km CO2, while the more powerful 113CDI and 116CDI are also more frugal, using 7.4 litres/100km and emitting 195g/km CO2.

The top of the range 122CDI is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel that produces 165kW of power and 440Nm of torque. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 8.6 litres/100km in the auto-only variant.

All models in the Vito range are rear-wheel drive and feature electronic stability control, ABS, front and rear disc brakes, and two front airbags. When optioned with curtain airbags (standard on the Wagon), the Vito become a five-star safety-rated vehicle. Side airbags are also optional on 113, 116 and 122 models.

The Vito gets a fresh face thanks to a redesigned grille, headlights and new LED daytime running lamps, while the new side mirrors offer greater visibility. There are also a number of new paint options available.

Opening the dual sliding doors reveals an interior equipped with air-conditioning, tilt and reach-adjustable steering wheel and tougher seat materials. All models except the entry-level 110 also get cruise control, sound system with Bluetooth and AUX connectivity and steering wheel controls for phone and audio.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito range is available now for the following Manufacturer’s List Prices:

110CDI

  • Short-wheel base manual van – $37,990

113CDI

  • Short-wheel base manual van – $39,490
  • Short-wheel base automatic van – $41,990
  • Long-wheel base manual van – $42,990
  • Long-wheel base automatic van – $45,490
  • Manual crew cab – $45,990
  • Automatic crew cab – $48,490
  • Automatic wagon – $52,990

116CDI

  • Short-wheel base automatic van – $44,490
  • Long-wheel base manual van – $45,490
  • Long-wheel base automatic van – $47,990

122CDI

  • Long-wheel base automatic van – $55,990
  • Automatic crew cab – $58,990



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