Mercedes-Benz Vario

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Mercedes-Benz Vario
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Overview
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Also called W670
Production 1996–2013[1]
Assembly Ludwigsfelde, Germany
Alcobendas, Spain (CKD)
Body and chassis
Class Commercial vehicle
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine Mercedes-Benz OM904
Transmission 6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3150-4800 mm
Chronology
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz T2 (Transporter 2)
Successor Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (heavy models);
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter

The Mercedes-Benz Vario (model designation W670) full-size commercial heavy van was manufactured by Mercedes-Benz from 1996 to 2013. The Vario was a facelifted version of the T2 (Transporter 2), itself successor to the Mercedes-Benz L van series.

The bodyshell remained relatively unchanged since production started. The Vario proved a popular base chassis for minibuses and mini-coaches. When new regulations required disabled access, a model with a wheelchair lift was made available.[citation needed]

The Vario was fitted with several types of Mercedes-Benz engines. Pre-2000 vehicles used a 5-cylinder OM602LA (2874 cm3) and 4-cylinder OM904LA (4250 cm3), turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine. Since September 2000, Vario 618D/818D models were equipped with a 4.2-liter turbo diesel engine with intercooler and direct injection with an output of 136 or 150 hp and torque of 520 or 580 Nm, respectively. The most powerful is 177 hp, 675Nm engine. With the introduction of the Euro 4 emission standards, the Vario began to be equipped with OM904LA series BlueTec4 turbocharged and intercooled engine with working volume of 4250 cm3 and a power of 129, 156 or 177 hp.[2]Two types of gearboxes were available, a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. Maximum payload is 4.4 tons with a load volume of 17.4 cubic meters. A 4x4 model was also available. All models had a suspension on parabolic leaf springs, all ventilated disc brakes and power steering.

On 27 September 2013 the last Vario rolled of the production line in Ludwigsfelde. Between 1996 and 2013 90,743 units were manufactured.[3] The Vario is succeeded in Daimler Trucks' model range by heavier versions of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter.

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