Against the glitzier, more luxurious backdrop set by its sedans and crossovers, Mercedes-Benz vans are much more your utilitarian tools. That said, this 2021 Metris does get quite a few updates that help freshen it up, from the infotainment to a new transmission. While Mercedes does call this a new generation for its smaller sibling to the full-size Sprinter, you likely won’t tell from the outside.
Up front, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris sports a slightly revised grille to the model that first emerged in 2015. The interior also sees fairly minor changes in terms of styling. A freshened seat design, air vents and some classier switchgear from Mercedes’ other cars make an appearance here, but that’s about it. At least, until you get into the technology.
A new 7-inch touchscreen replaces the woefully outdated command center in the old van. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are finally part of the mix, as is an actual navigation system with real-time traffic updates. That’s a welcome change from the old van. Safety features like automatic emergency braking are now standard. Adaptive cruise control is an option, and you can even get a digital rearview mirror, which should work well with the cargo variants (especially those without any rear windows).
Under the hood, you do still get the same 2.0-liter engine as before. Power was never really its issue though, as the naturally-aspirated mill does manage a reasonable 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Instead of a 7-speed automatic, though, the Metris now has Mercedes’ more modern 9-speed ‘box. As before, it’s still only available in rear-wheel drive. You do get some paddle shifters though, for whatever that’s worth.
2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris configurations
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris will arrive at dealers early next year. The automaker hasn’t announced pricing yet, but base versions should start somewhere around $30,000. 126-inch and 135-inch wheelbase lengths and cargo and passenger configurations will still be available. With a push toward electrification, there’s no word whether electric or hybrid variants will work their way into the lineup yet.
While we wait for the new Metris to arrive, check out its larger brother in 4×4 overlanding mode below: