Following the Sprinter Worker van seen at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show comes the next Worker vans in M-B’s lineup. The Metris Worker is a midsize van aimed at customers who need to haul a bunch of stuff on a budget, even if that stuff is people.
For the electricians, plumbers, and other working stiffs, Mercedes-Benz has created the Metris Worker Cargo. Starting at $26,990 including destination, the Cargo aims to be a rolling toolbox and supply shed in one. The company claims it can haul 60 sheets of drywall or plywood without a problem. It has 186 cu-ft of cargo volume and comes only in white. Also standard are silver steel wheels, 180-degree rear doors, and a metal floor. A wood floor from the factory is optional.
If your payload is people, M-B offers the Metris Worker Passenger. With room for 7 (including the driver), the Passenger has removable second and third row seating and comes in two additional colors – Black and Silver. Both colors carry a $990 premium. The Metris Worker Cargo starts at $30,990 including destination.
All Metris vans (Metrii?) are motivated by M-B’s turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder good for 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic that routes power to the rear wheels. Fuel economy is rated at 21/24 mpg city/highway. With an 18.5 gallon fuel tank, expect driving range to top out at around 400 miles.
Standard safety features on both Metris Worker models include Attention Assist (incase you get drowsy after a full day or haven’t had your morning coffee yet), crosswind assist, hill start assist, and load-adaptive electronic stability. Optional safety features include blind spot assist, lane keeping assist, and a rear view camera.
Regardless of which Metris Worker you choose, towing is rated at 5,000 pounds and payload is 2,502 pounds. Look for the vans to go on sale by the end of the year. Until then, you have a perfectly good excuse to take some time off.
While we are shooting and editing video of the Metris Worker, check out the larger Sprinter Worker from Chicago.