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2020 Mercedes-Benz Pop Up Camper Van

2020 Mercedes-Benz Pop Up Camper Van

Ready your stuff, son, you’re going camping in a Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz’s first pop-top camper for the U.S. market just took a bow at the 2020 Chicago Motor Show. Five can sit in it with sleeping room for four and there’s a plethora of camping-specific features to take you through your outdoors-y weekend in full comfort.

Mercedes says its pop-up camper was developed jointly with Driverge Vehicle Innovations and that it appeals a wide range of potential customers, from "adventure seeking millennials to hip retirees." To support that claim, the Metris Weekender comes fitted as standard with an elevating roof with a sleeping area for two, a 2-inch-thick memory foam mattress, three windows, and USB ports for charging and lighting purposes.

In addition to those, the camper also offers the likes of:

a multipurpose rear bench that can be transformed into a bed for two or into a seat swiveling front seats that rotate 180 degrees a second battery to power electronic devices

In addition to those, customers can pick from a handful of optional features. These include integrated solar panels, upgraded audio and navigation systems, and 3M exterior wraps in any of the 200 colors available.

Camping wise, the list of amenities comprises:

an 8-inch awning for rain and sun protection mosquito and bug screens for the rear hatch and sliding doors a tent that can be mounted on the rear liftgate roof racks (useful when hauling snowboards, surfboards, or extra luggage) a pullout kitchen that extends from the rear of the vehicle

There’s no word on what will power the camper, but we know that Mercedes-Benz fits its Sprinter van with a turbocharged gasoline engine good for 188 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque available in the 2,500-3,500 rpm band. The unit is twinned to a smooth-shifting 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic gearbox.

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Mercedes-Benz Metris MasterSolutions Toolbox Concept Showvan Unveiled In Chicago

Mercedes-Benz Metris MasterSolutions Toolbox Concept Showvan Unveiled In Chicago

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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2011 Chicago Auto Show Preview

2011 Chicago Auto Show Preview

Fresh off of the 2011 North American International Auto Show, the next major auto event is ready to kick off in a little over a week’s time at the Windy City in Chicago. From February 9th-20th, the Chicago Auto Show will be the center of the automotive universe - in the US, at least - and is expected to draw a sizable number of manufacturers from all over the world.

Here at Topspeed, we make sure that you’re on top of everything as it pertains to these type of shows and just like Detroit, we’re here to give you a low-down on what cars to expect at the Chicago Auto Show.

We’ve compiled a list of cars that are scheduled to make their production debuts in Chicago, and to give you a better idea of what models to expect, we have the full low-down on all attending brands and the respective models that they’re expected to unveil next week.

Details after the jump.

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2007 Mercedes GL-Class

2007 Mercedes GL-Class

Mercedes-Benz unveiled a new highlight in the luxury SUV market segment: the GL-Class. Available in five-and seven-seat cabin layouts, the GL-Class premium off-roader offers excellent handling both on and off-pavement.

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2006 Mercedes R63 AMG and ML63 AMG

2006 Mercedes R63 AMG and ML63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz is unveiling two exciting
new AMG high-performance models at the Chicago Auto Show, the largest auto
show in North America, open to the public February 10-19, 2006 at Chicago’s
McCormick Place. It’s the world premiere of the 2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG,
and at the same show, the ML63 AMG is making its North American debut.

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