Mercedes-Benz gives Vito van a refresh

THE 2022 Mercedes-Benz Vito is now available, featuring a powerful, comfortable and efficient OM 654 four-cylinder engine, lifted from the powertrain portfolio of the company’s car division.

The change takes effect for all vehicles produced from March 2022 onwards, with the first vans expected to arrive for in May. The OM 654 engine also comes standard with the 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission.

This replaces the current 7-speed, and brings with it a wider ratio spread which can result in improved drive quality and fuel efficiency.

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The new engine incorporates a diesel particulate filter (DPF) design which is closer to the engine block, causing it to reach its optimum operating temperature faster to increase efficiency.

An all-aluminium construction with low cylinder spacing (90mm), camshaft drive at the rear, and Lanchester balancer shafts, on the left and right, positioned next to the crankshaft instead of beneath it, also features.

This provides an exceptionally compact and light design, and contributes to the engine durability and reliability.

Improved noise and vibration characteristics mean it is pleasantly quiet inside the vehicle too. The OM 654 engine will be standard on all 116 and 119 variants, delivering 120kW/380Nm in the former and 140kW/440Nm in the latter.

The entry level Vito 111 continues with the OM 622 engine, with 6-speed manual transmission, pushing out 84kW/270Nm.

Alongside the engine change, the Vito 116 and 119 variants get tinted windows, comfort seats and all season rubber floor mats.

The Mercedes-Benz Valente will also shift to the new OM 654 engine and 9G-TRONIC transmission. It grabs tinted windows, seat cushion length adjustment, 17-inch alloy wheels and velour floor mats.

In conjunction with this engine and specification change, the Valente will be renamed Vito Tourer. This aligns with the global naming convention for this product line and future vehicles, such as the eVito Tourer, due later this year.

The new name and specifications take effect for all vehicles produced from March 2022 onwards, with first vehicles expected to arrive for sale in May as well.

Pricing for the 2022 Mercedes-Benz Vito starts from $44,058 (plus on-roads), with the Vito Tourer starting from $70,336 (plus on-roads).

For further information, please contact your local Mercedes-Benz commercial dealer.

Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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