Mercedes-Benz Vario

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Mercedes-Benz Vario
Arriva NWW Vario 1.jpg
Arriva North West Plaxton Beaver 2 bodied O814 in Llandudno in June 2008
Overview
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Also called W670
Production 1996–2013
Assembly Ludwigsfelde, Germany
Alcobendas, Spain (CKD)
Body and chassis
Class Commercial vehicle
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine Mercedes-Benz OM602
Mercedes-Benz OM904
Transmission 6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3150-4800 mm
Chronology
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz T2
Successor Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter

The Mercedes-Benz Vario (model designation W670) was a full-size commercial heavy van manufactured by Mercedes-Benz between 1996 and 2013.

History[edit]

The Vario was launched in 1996 as a facelifted version of the Mercedes-Benz T2.[1][2]

The bodyshell remained relatively unchanged throughout its 17 year production life. 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. From 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 was a 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.[3][4]

Two types of gearboxes were available, a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. Maximum payload was 4.4 tons with a load volume of 17.4 cubic meters. A 4x4 model was also available.[5] 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.[6] The Vario was succeeded in Daimler Trucks' model range by heavier versions of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vario replaces the T2 Commercial Motor 3 October 1996
  2. ^ Mercedes Vario offers variety Commercial Motor 24 October 1996
  3. ^ Mercedes-Benz Vario Truck Planet
  4. ^ Mercedes-Benz Vario Commercial Motor 5 January 2006
  5. ^ Vario 814DA 4x4 Commercial Motor 9 November 2006
  6. ^ Well-earned retirement My Van 15 October 2013

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