TodayApril 15, 2022

Mercedes-Benz CAS2020 Metris Pop-up Van

Mercedes-Benz Weekender Pop-up

Mercedes-Benz Vans Unveils its First Pop Up Camper for the U.S. Market with seating for five and sleeping for four; the Mercedes-Benz Weekender is more than just a daily driver.

Today, Mercedes-Benz announced its first new modern, practical pop up camper van for the U.S. market. Harkening back to the glory days of camper vans, Mercedes-Benz drew inspiration from illustrious models of the past while integrating the latest sophisticated safety, reliability, and convenience features to create a new modern pop-top van.

The new camper vans are built by Driverge Vehicle Innovations, who are part of the MASTER-SOLUTIONS program, in partnership with Peace Vans, one of the most significant classic camper van repair and restoration shops in the United States.

This adaptable vehicle can be used in myriad ways: traveling across the U.S. on extended road trips, taking the family on summer vacations or spring breaks, quick weekend explorations, or having a comfortable place to work or relax after a surf or climbing session.

Mercedes-Benz Weekender pop-up camper van

Mercedes-Benz Weekender pop-up camper van

The pop-up camper offers unique flexibility, while the Metris is ideally suited as a versatile daily driver designed to thrive in major metropolitan areas with a spacious interior and practical dimensions that fit in parking spots, garages, and driveways in any city.

“Pop up campers are iconic and highly functional vehicles, “ says Robert Veit, VP, and Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz USA Vans. “We have known for a long time that this market need was unmet as evidenced by the high demand for aging existing camper vans still on the road. With the help of our partners, Peace Vans and Driverge, we have utilized the Metris to create a product suited to those who seek adventure, but also need a versatile and comfortable vehicle for their day-to-day lives.”

The Weekender comes standard with the following features:

Mercedes-Benz Weekender sits five sleeps four

Mercedes-Benz Weekender sits five sleeps four

• An elevating roof with a sleeping area for two. Including an integrated spring system, 2-inch memory foam mattress, three windows, and added USB ports for lights, charging, and more.

• A multipurpose rear bench seat that opens up into a bed for two. Additionally, when folded into the seat configuration, the seat moves along a rail position into four locations, allowing additional room for varying cargo needs.

• Swiveling front seats that rotate 180 degrees allow your van to turn into the perfect multipurpose lounge quickly. Whether doing work after getting off the trail, sharing a meal, or playing cards– the reconfigured space with seats fully swiveled adds a whole new dimension to the experience.

• Standard on every Weekender package is a second battery to power your devices, light up your nights, or suit any of your other campsite needs.

Optional features include

• Off-Grid Power and Integrated Solar Panels, preparing you for extended trips with built-in solar charging capacity.

• Upgraded audio and navigation features to improve your road trip experience. • Various personalization options with the world-class 3M auto body wrap materials. The Weekender can be wrapped in any one of 200 available colors

• Camping upgrades:
* 8-foot awning for shade and rain protection
* Mosquito/bug screens for the rear hatch, and sliding doors
* A tent that quickly attaches to the rear liftgate for added space and privacy

• Roof Racks for hauling surfboards, extra storage, or skis for the slopes.
• A pullout rear kitchen.

Mercedes-Benz Weekender sits five sleeps four

Mercedes-Benz Weekender sits five sleeps four

With its superior performance, safety, and reliability, the best-in-class Mercedes-Benz Metris provides an ideal platform to create the Weekender.

For example, the Metris offers sophisticated safety features, exemplary fuel economy, up to 15,000-mile service intervals, and a tow rating of 5,000 pounds. Standard feature highlights for the Metris include ATTENTION ASSIST, a rearview camera, and ECO start/stop.

The standard Crosswind Assist helps stabilize the van and boosts safety in strong, gusting crosswinds, while the dynamic handling system load adaptive ESP actively intervenes to help keep the van firmly under control and safe by automatically braking individual wheels and reducing engine power to help stabilize the vehicle if wheelspin, understeer or oversteer is detected.

“From adventure-seeking millennials to hip retirees, everyone is craving authentic and connected experiences to nature,” says Harley Sitner, President of Peace Vans.

“Small camper vans, like this exciting new Metris Weekender from Mercedes, hit a very large sweet spot in the market. The demand we see for these products is exceptional, and the feedback from renters and early adopters is fantastic. Being experts in pop up campers, we are confident Mercedes has a fantastic product that is going to delight an entirely new generation of road trippers.”

In addition to all the standard camper features, these vans will ship to the first 100 customers with a free National Parks Pass to help kick start their pop up van adventures.

These all-access passes are a small way to thank loyal customers and encourage exploration in the extensive National Park System. The Weekender is built in partnership with Driverge Vehicle Innovations, a Mercedes-Benz MasterSOLUTIONS partner, the highest tier for Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vans, offering unparalleled quality, engineering, and support.

From their location in North Charleston, South Carolina – adjacent to the new Mercedes factory – Driverge, in partnership with Peace Vans, build these modern camper vans and ship them to dealers around the country. ORDERING INFORMATION As a MasterSOLUTIONS offering from Mercedes-Benz, customers can order the Weekender from any authorized Mercedes-Benz Vans dealer nationwide starting this spring. For customers seeking more information before ordering, select dealers will have vehicles available for viewing and trained personnel to help with the ordering process.

Mercedes-Benz Models & MSRP

* Metris WORKER Cargo Van $27,180
* Metris WORKER Passenger Van $31,350
* Metris Cargo Van 126” $31,390
* Metris Cargo Van 135” $31,910
* Metris Passenger Van $35,580
* Metris Weekender Van $TBA
*Above price excludes $1,195 delivery & destination charge.

Mercedes-Benz Models & MSRP pricing

Mercedes-Benz Models & MSRP pricing

What’s New

* Mercedes PRO connect package including Communication Module for Digital Services (LTE), Emergency Call System, and complimentary Mercedes PRO Optimized Assistance, Efficient Fleet Management, and Data Interfaces for Van’s bundle.

* Five New Exterior Colors: Steel Blue, Granite Green, Selenite Grey, Graphite Grey, and Hyacinth Red
* New Twin Spoke light-alloy Wheels 7J x 17

Standard Feature Highlights

* Crosswind Assist
* Front, Side Thorax-Pelvis and Window Airbags (in Passenger Van, window airbags extended to all seating rows)
* Load Adaptive Electronic Stability Program
* Hill-Start Assist
* Rearview camera
* 15,000-mile maintenance interval
* ECO Start/Stop
* Tire Pressure Monitoring
* Sliding driver’s side door ( Metris Passenger and WORKER Passenger Vans only)
* Trailer Brake Controller Connection
* Automatic Passenger Airbag Deactivation
* All-season tires

Weekender Standard Feature Highlights

* Pop top roof with spring-bed system
* Two ISOFIX child seat connections
* Rear seat adjustability with three positions
* Rear seat versatility with the ability to fold into a bed
* Captains front seats with 180-degree swivel capability
* Integrated table
* USB power ports
* Integrated second battery for campsite power
* Full set of privacy curtains mounted to integrated curtain rails, including windshield

Optional Feature Highlights

* Programmable Special Module (PSM)
* Anti-theft Alarm System
* Blind Spot Assist
* Lane Keeping Assist
* Becker Map Pilot Navigation System
* PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist
* Automatic Climate Control
* 17” 20-Spoke alloy wheels
* 17” 5- Twin Spoke alloy wheels
* Comfort Suspension
* Electric Sliding Doors
* Heated and Electrically Adjustable mirrors
* Electrically Adjustable Front Seats
* Mercedes PRO Connect Package

Weekender Optional Feature Highlights

* Off-Grid Power and Integrated Solar Panels
* 8’ Awning
* Bug Screens for rear hatch and sliding doors
* Tent for the rear liftgate
* Roof Racks
* Pullout Rear Kitchen

Mercedes-Benz Weekender specs

Mercedes-Benz Weekender specs

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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