Mercedes-Benz unveils the new Vito

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled their new-look Vito van and bus range.

Mercedes-Benz has premiered its broad new Vito range at an event in Germany, and it is expected that they will arrive in Australia in the latter half of 2015.

The Vito lineup consists of three types: the Vito panel van, the Vito Mixto crew cab, and the bus-like Vito Tourer model.

The Vito is also 140mm longer than its predecessor due to an extended front section which is said to be safer on pedestrians in the event of a collision. Other changes include a sleeker, less wind-resistant exterior, and the option of a front-wheel drive version.

The new front-wheel drive version is said to be better suited to carrying light loads by offering improved traction. Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions remain as options, and are better suited for heavier loads and rougher road conditions, respectively.

The front-wheel model comes with either a 90hp (65kW) or 110hp (84kW) version of a 1.6 litre engine. Alternatively, the rear and all-wheel drive models come with a 2.15 litre engine with a power output of 134hp (100kW), 160hp (120kW) or 190hp (140kW).

Most of these engine variants will come with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard with a 7-speed automatic as an option.

Mercedes-Benz claims that the payload of the rear-wheel drive models is 1369kg.

The Vito range is expected to be up for sale in Europe come October, with the Australian release to follow in 2015. 

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