This is perhaps the wildest concept at Chicago!

Mercedes-Benz has been know to build some extravagant concept vehicles over the years, but nothing in recent memory compares to the outlandish endeavor that is the Metris MasterSolutions Toolbox Concept show van. Quite obviously, this Metris van is designed to mimic a toolbox, hinting at its more utilitarian nature inside. Large hinges and toolbox-like clasps allow a large panel on the driver’s side to lift up, revealing the aftermarket shelving and tool storage solutions available for the Metris van.

Mercedes is working hard to promote the Metris van here in the U.S., and it’s a sure bet this concept will call plenty of attention to itself. The German automaker already has a firm grasp on America’s commercial work van segment with its full-size Sprinter van. Mercedes has added to that with the new-for-America, mid-size Metris van. Combined, the two vans offer customers a wide range of space and capability.

Not only is Mercedes showcasing the Metris, but its MasterSolutions line of commercial upfits. These upfits are done through partnerships with trusted venders, which take a bare Metris or Sprinter van and customize its cargo area with shelving, tool chests, or any other job-specific equipment. Specialty upfits are often done for refrigeration, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and delivery services.

As for the Metris van itself, Mercedes is touting the Metris Worker, a trim line designed for commercial and fleet use. The Metris Worker comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The rear-wheel drive van is capable of hauling 2,500 pounds inside its cargo area or towing up to 5,000 pounds. And despite its $25,995, the Metris Worker comes with interior niceties like a five-speaker stereo system with Bluetooth, and AUX input jack, and a USB port. Six airbags, Mercedes’ Attention Assist, Crosswind Assist, and Hill Start Assist are also standard. Optionally, the Metris Worker can be had with Blind Spot Assist, Power Heated Exterior Mirrors, and a rear view camera.

That’s a lot of bang for the buck.

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Why it matters

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The commercial vehicle segment might not be as flashy or sexy as the consumer side, but it is no less important. Fleet and commercial vehicles are typically purchased in bulk and require at least some aftermarket upfitting. All of this costs money and requires a healthy network of support from the dealership to the fleet company’s maintenance department.

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At the end of the day, it’s these types of commercial vehicles that keep the world turning and consumer services online. There’s a lot to be said for that. And thanks to automakers like Mercedes, those folks working the technical jobs from inside these vans now have an easier time and more organized workspace to conduct business.

Press Release

After the successful launch of the Mercedes-Benz Vans "MasterSolutions" program in the summer of 2016, Mercedes-Benz is excited to debut a concept showvan that perfectly showcases the best of what the unique Ship-Thru upfitting program has to offer. Pull up to any jobsite with the "Mercedes-Benz Metris MasterSolutions Toolbox Van" and get the job done.

Open up the side of this Metris MasterSolutions concept van to reveal the ultimate toolbox on wheels. Equipped with a wide variety of Ranger Design® and Sortimo by Knapheide® shelves, racks and removable cases, the Metris MasterSolutions Toolbox Van has enough storage, utility and capability to power through long hours on the job. A durable tile flooring system has been installed in the MasterSolutions Toolbox Van, which ensures grip for work boots and is easily removable for thorough cleaning. A clear, plastic partition from Ranger Design® keeps the driver safely divided from the cargo area while also allowing for easy monitoring of the van’s payload. Unique wheels, finished in bright blue and silver, realistic toolbox latches and a handle on the roof compliment the special exterior wrap created for the Metris MasterSolutions Toolbox Van.

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Built by RENNtech, the Metris MasterSolutions Toolbox Van, which is based on the Metris WORKER Cargo Van, has big shoes to fill after the debut of the "Sprinter Extreme" concept van at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, but this tough, mid-size van is up for the task. Boasting over 2,500 lbs. of payload and 5,000 lbs. of towing capacity, all Mercedes-Benz Metris vans are built to work hard on the job while maintaining the ability to fit into the average garage and achieve exceptional fuel economy.

The Mercedes-Benz Metris Boasts Surprising Performance, Efficiency

The Mercedes-Benz Metris hauls a whole lot more than just cargo. The standard 2.0- liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, boasting 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, allowing the Metris to accelerate to 60 mph in about 9 seconds. Power is sent to the Metris’ rear wheels for maximum towing capability and cargo hauling.

Mounted to the steering wheel are shift paddles—standard fitment on all Metris Cargo and Passenger vans—which allow the driver to manually change gears, whether in anticipation of a steep hill or to maximize their driving experience on a twisty road.

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The Metris Cargo Van achieves 21 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway thanks in part to its Mercedes-Benz developed 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission. With rapid and barely-perceivable gear changes, the Metris Cargo Van benefits from maximum fuel efficiency and comfort.

MasterSolutions provides turn-key vocational upfit solutions for the Metris and Sprinter

Daimler Vans USA and Mercedes-Benz USA is pleased to offer the MasterSolutions program— turn-key vocational upfit solution for any van sold by Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner, including the Sprinter and Mercedes-Benz Metris. With three industry experts on-board—Autotruck Group®, Knapheide Manufacturing® and SmartLiner®— nearly any vocation upfit is possible, from shelves and racks to refrigeration units and commercial shuttle seating configurations.

When a customer visits www.mbvans.com, www.freightlinersprinterusa.com or visits their local Mercedes-Benz Vans or Freightliner Sprinter Vans dealership, shopping for the right van will be easier than ever. After a customer identifies what vocation they are purchasing a van for, they are presented with a selection of Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner vans best suited for their needs. When their preferred model is chosen from the Sprinter or Metris lineup, a selection of MasterSolution upfits are available for purchase. From specialty partitions to ladder racks, the upfit solutions are presented à la carte— the same way optional equipment is presented during a typical car buying process. At the end of the configuration process, the customer is presented with an "out the door" estimate for their entire van solution, including all upfits previously selected.

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Once the van is ordered, it is shipped from the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant in Ladson, South Carolina through one of the MasterSolutions upfitters where the upfit is installed prior to delivery to a dealership or fleet location.

The Metris WORKER Cargo Van: Everything you need to work hard with a price that won’t hold you back

The Metris WORKER is the "Right Size Van" from Mercedes-Benz, boasting numerous standard safety features and a notably low cost of ownership. With an attractive starting price of just $25,995, the Metris WORKER Cargo Van offers customers all the comfort, safety and utility features needed to get work done.

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In order to easily accommodate custom decals or paint, the Metris WORKER Cargo is offered exclusively in white. Attractive silver steel wheels, 180-degree rear doors and a metal cargo floor complete the look of the Metris WORKER Cargo. The standard metal floor can be left unfinished or can be customized with an optional factory wood floor or with any other floor offering from Mercedes-Benz’ group of MasterUpfitters.

All Metris WORKER vans come with a standard "Audio 10" head unit which includes Bluetooth®, an aux input, USB port and five speakers for an enjoyable driving experience, six airbags, ATTENTION Assist, Crosswind Assist, Hill Start Assist, and Load- Adaptive ESP9i. With optional safety features such as Blind Spot Assist, Power Heated Exterior Mirrors, and a rear view camera, the Metris WORKER is available with an enhanced suite of Mercedes-Benz assistance systems.

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