Telematics and new engines for Mercedes Vito

The Vito is to become Mercedes’ first commercial vehicle to get the brand’s latest, updated four-cylinder diesel engines from next year. The engines, which have been a feature on the company’s passenger car range, have been confirmed for the Vito Tourer and should head into the panel van range in 2020.

News round-up-1st July 2019-Image 1There are three versions to choose from, with 136hp, 163hp or 190hp.

They bring improvements in torque, refinement and economy, to the extent that it’ll do an official 49.5mpg in the most economical version. The lighter commercial vehicle should be slightly better when figures are announced.

The updates to the Vito aren’t limited to the engine, though, with the brand also giving it the nine-speed automatic gearbox that features on other vehicles, including the Sprinter. It will replace the 7G-Tronic version and be standard on all models.

Mercedes’ Pro connectivity module is also to be made available for Vito customers, having been launched last year on the Sprinter. This will allow access to the full range of Mercedes’ in-house telematics packages.

The on-board tech can, depending on the package bought, tell a company where its vans are, give info on fuel consumption and driver behaviour, servicing and vehicle problems, as well as offering communication between the vehicle and base, giving in-van web access and even locking and unlocking. without the key.


Vauxhall relaunches business centres

News round-up-1st July 2019-Image 4Vauxhall has relaunched its business centres with 65 sites specialising in commercial vehicles. Each one will have the brand’s full van range available to drive and will have had to meet strict sales and service criteria to qualify as a centre.


Citroen in two-tier dealer approach

Citroen has restructured its van dealer network, with two different tiers. Like Vauxhall, it has a selection of Business Centres – 41 of them – but it also has 75 Business Active Dealers. The Business Centres will act as the dedicated specialists, but the Active Dealers won’t be as focused on vans, although they will have the same training as the main centres.


Shogun Sport Commercial version now on sale

News round-up-1st July 2019-Image 3The Mitsubishi Shogun Sport has officially gone on sale, with the car-based commercial vehicle costing from £32,504 (plus VAT). It is based on the Shogun Sport 4 passenger car trim, meaning it gets kit including 18-inch alloys, a 360-degree camera, heated leather seats and the same 4WD system as the car.


Renault adds Master range conversions

Renault has added an aluminium Tipper and a new Luton Box Van to its Master range. The lightweight Tipper has an increased payload of 150kg over the steel equivalent, while the Luton features a rise in payload of between 40kg and 60kg, depending on the version. They are priced from £32,300 (plus VAT) and £31,850 (plus VAT) respectively.