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 Morales Traveller (Philippines)
Production 1996–2013
Assembly Ludwigsfelde, Germany
Alcobendas, Spain (CKD)
Body and chassis
Class Commercial vehicle
Body style 3-door van/4-door van/4-door minibus
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine Mercedes-Benz OM602
Mercedes-Benz OM904
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3150-4800 mm
Chronology
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz T2
Successor Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

The Mercedes-Benz Vario (model designation BM667/668/670) is a full-size commercial heavy van manufactured by Mercedes-Benz between 1996 and 2013.

In Philippines, Mercedes-Benz rebadged version, Morales Traveller is locally made by Morales Motors. The Traveller also offered as minibus or utility van.

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 5-speed manual and on buses, an Allison AT 545 4-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 off 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.

Engines[edit]

Model Displacement
cc
Bore × stroke
mm
Engine code
Mercedes-Benz
Rated output
kW (hp)
at rpm
emission standards
Torque
Nm
at rpm
Prod. years Fuel mixture
5-cylinder In-line diesel engine (turbocharged and intercooled)
512D, 612D, 812D 2874 ø89 × 92.4 OM 602 DE LA 90 (122)
3800
Euro-2
280
2000-2300
1996–2001 Distributor injection pump
with EDC -
line -
nozzle holder
4-cylinder In-line diesel engine (turbocharged and intercooled)
810DT 4249 ø102 × 130 OM 904 LA 75 (102)
2200
Euro-2
1996–2001 Unit pump -
line -
nozzle
(UPS/PLD)
BlueTec4/5
613D, 813D
813DA
(4×4)
95 (129)
2200
Euro-4/Euro-5
500
1200–1600
2006-
614D, 814D
814DA
(4×4)
100 (136)
2200
Euro-2/Euro-3
520
1200–1600
1996–2006
615D, 815D
815DA
(4x4)
112 (152)
2200
Euro-2
580
1200–1600
1998–2001
110 (150)
2200
Euro-3
575
1200–1600
2001–2006
BlueTec4/5
616D, 816D
816DA
(4x4)
115 (156)
2200
Euro-4/Euro-5
610
1200–1600
2009-
618D, 818D
BlueTec4/5 (2006-)
618D, 818D
818DA
(4x4)
130 (177)
2200
Euro-3
Euro-4/Euro-5
675
1200–1600
2003–

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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