Mercedes van followers are in for some dangerous information as the corporate will drop the Metris in america late subsequent yr.
In a memo obtained by Automotive Information, the automaker informed sellers they’re discontinuing gross sales of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that resides within the Metris and Sprinter. In consequence, the Metris might be dropped totally whereas the Sprinter will reside on with diesel energy.
Supplied in Cargo and Passenger configurations, the Metris begins at $34,900 and is offered with 126 inch (3,200 mm) and 135 inch (3,429 mm) wheelbases. All are powered by the aforementioned engine, which develops 208 hp (155 kW / 211 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque.
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Whereas the mid-size Metris was a curiosity, it wasn’t successful with fleet clients as gross sales have been hovering round 12,500 models for the previous three years. Automotive Information added that the U.S. Postal Service signed a multi-year contract for roughly 30,000 models in 2020 and this has reportedly represented a bulk of current gross sales.
As one insider informed the publication, “We’re going to honor our contract with the U.S. Postal Service. As soon as we try this, we’re bailing out.”
The failure of the Metris isn’t too stunning as Ford dominates the business van phase, whereas the bigger Sprinter isn’t rather more costly and is offered in all kinds of configurations. Moreover, Mercedes’ personal sellers complained that the Metris was overpriced and lacked options supplied by rivals. A Mercedes dealership government additionally informed the publication, “There’s nothing luxurious about it. It drives louder than a Toyota.”
After all, that’s not stunning because the Metris was marketed as a business van. It’s the American equal of the European Vito and never the extra luxurious V-Class.