MONTVALE, New Jersey — Mercedes-Benz is having some fun at the 2014 SEMA Show with "Mission Metris," four project vans that build the hype for the Mercedes-Benz Metris, a new commercial van that will arrive at dealerships in fall 2015.
The German automaker said it is essentially creating a new vehicle segment with the Metris. The Metris is positioned below the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, but it is larger than a Ford Transit Connect long-wheelbase model.
Metris "doesn't have any known competitors," according to Mercedes-Benz spokesman Christian Bokich.
It is designed to be a workhorse vehicle aimed at painters, carpenters and those in the building trades.
Pricing and specifications will be announced in 2015. Production versions of the cargo and passenger Metris models will be shown at a later date, the company said.
In the meantime, Mercedes-Benz is showcasing one-off versions of the Metris at the SEMA show.
Customizer Renntech turned the Metris into a party van with a clamshell-style roof that opens and acts as a backdrop for a DJ.
HQ Custom Design converted the Metris into a luxury van. A Fire Chief Concept of the Metris by Rado reveals its potential as a mobile command unit.
Garmin envisioned a rolling golf pro shop with its version of the Metris.
Edmunds says: Mercedes-Benz is on the march to expand its successful van business in the U.S.