Mercedes V-Class, Vito Could be Heading to US

Mercedes V-Class, Vito Could be Heading to US

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz V-Class minivan and Vito commercial vehicle could make its way to the U.S. in 2015.

The new versions of both vehicles will be going on sale in spring 2014 in Europe and the German automaker is considering bringing the rear-wheel drive models to America. If the V-Class does end up in the U.S., it would be the only rear-drive offering in the segment, which consists of the Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest, Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Town & Country. Though it will be slighter and more expensive than the competition, it would be one of few luxury minivans available in that market.

The Vito, on the other hand, would be a smaller commercial vehicle aimed to compete with the Ford Transit, Nissan NV 200 and the Chevrolet City Express. Both vehicles are built on the same rear-wheel-drive platform and all-wheel drive is available as an option. Four- and six-cylinder engines are available in Europe.

The V-Class is replacing the Viano (seen above) and will offer a more car-like appearance and upscale interior.

[Source: Automotive News]

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