Colin-on-Cars – Vito gets a nip-and-tuck

Not to be confused with the luxury tourer V-Class, the Mercedes-Benz Vito range has been given a facelift with a visual change to the radiator grille design and updates to the interior.

The Vito, comprising 11 derivatives in South Africa from basic workhorse transporter to luxury tourer, is one of the most successful vehicles to emanate from the German automaker and is now 25 years old, having sold 1,8-million units globally in that time.

“The Mercedes-Benz Vito facelift is being introduced to the South African market at a challenging time. But as we know, challenges bring new opportunities and the Vito is a perfect solution for the upsurge in online shopping and logistics that accompany this, in terms of staff transportation, cargo and package deliveries,” says Nadia Trimmel, Vice-President of Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa.

“As Mercedes-Benz Vans, we are confident the Vito facelift will play an integral part in this upsurge, by being a valued partner to a number of small, medium and large enterprises in our country, as industries evolve amidst changing consumer preferences.”

The options for the Vito facelift include Active Brake Assist, painted bumpers and a Driver Assist Package, ensuring the vehicle attributes are even more attractive than its highly successful predecessor.

The designers have also updated the entire Vito range’s interior. The ‘Caluma’ fabric replaces the previous ‘Tunja’ fabric. It features a white stripe pattern on the seat cushion and backrest, while the sides and headrest are finished off in a long-lasting black.

The Vito facelift includes new ventilation nozzles (similar to the V-Class) with a sporty turbine look on the left and right edges of the dashboard. In conjunction with the optional chrome package, the central dashboard is now framed by an element in high-quality piano lacquer finish. With this option the surrounds of the new ventilation nozzles also come in a chrome design.

A heavy-duty and waterproof floor covering provides improved dampening and an anti-slip surface for entering and exiting the vehicle.

The facelift also extends the range of infotainment systems. The new Vito uses digital radio reception for all radio options. The Audio 10 system also has a Bluetooth interface with hands-free functionality or for streaming music.

The new Audio 30 and Audio 40 infotainment systems meet many customer requirements, with a 7-inch touchscreen with Smartphone Integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A smartphone can be charged via the USB interface.

All new Mercedes-Benz Vito facelift vehicles come standard with a 5-year/100 000 km ServiceCare BestBasic contract. The contract includes:

* The labour to perform the service

* The cost of all oils and lubricants for the engine, gearbox and axles

* The cost of air and fuel filters.

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