The camper van is being built on the body of a Mercedes-Benz Metris van and can seat five people and sleep four.
Pricing has not been announced yet.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its first pop-up camper van available in the US market: the Weekender.
The Mercedes-Benz brand has already been a popular choice for people partaking in the #VanLife lifestyle: its Sprinter, which Amazon also uses for deliveries, is a favorite to use as the base of a tiny home on wheels.
However, the automaker's new Weekender is being built on the body of the Mercedes-Benz Metris.
The camper van — which can sleep four people and seat five — comes with an added pop-up roof and standard Metris features, including a rearview camera.
The Weekender vans will be constructed by Driverge Vehicle Innovations, a commercial van manufacturer that modifies vans such as the Ford Transit and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and Peace Vans, which Mercedes-Benz claims is one of the US' largest camper van restorations and upgrades companies. Driverge — located in South Carolina — is part of Mercedes-Benz's Mastersolutions program which "upfits" Metris and Sprinter vans to fit customers' needs.
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The automaker has known for a while that there was a need for new camper vans, according to a statement by the VP and managing director of Mercedes-Benz USA Vans Robert Veit.
Mercedes-BenzPresident of Peace Vans Harley Sitner claims the van is great for a wide group of people, including “adventure-seeking millennials” and “hip retirees.”
Mercedes-BenzIts maker claims the van has multiple uses, including road trips across the country…
Mercedes-BenzFamily vacations on school breaks and weekends…
Mercedes-BenzAnd as a workspace or a place to relax.
Mercedes-BenzPop-up roofs, such as the one on the Weekender, are frequently used in camper van conversions as it allows for more space.
Mercedes-BenzVeit also claims pop-up campers are "highly functional."
Mercedes-BenzThe roof area can sleep two people.
Mercedes-BenzIt has a two-inch memory foam mattress with springs.
Mercedes-BenzThe roof also has three windows and USB ports that allow for uses such as charging devices.
Mercedes-BenzThere's also more sleeping options for extra passengers.
Mercedes-BenzThe rear bench unfolds into a bed for two.
Mercedes-BenzWhen the bench is in its upright seat arrangement, the seats can move along a rail.
Mercedes-BenzThe rail allows the seats to be moved into four positions…
Mercedes-Benz...allowing for more cargo room if needed.
Mercedes-BenzThe front seats can swivel 180 degrees, turning the van into a “multipurpose lounge,” according to its maker.
Mercedes-BenzPrivacy curtains also cover the windshield.
Mercedes-BenzThe Weekender has a second battery for uses such as lighting and charging any extra devices.
Mercedes-BenzThere’s also off-grid power and solar panel capabilities.
Mercedes-BenzThe Metris conversion has improved sound and navigation abilities.
Mercedes-BenzOptional upgrades made specifically for camping include an eight-inch exterior awning…
Mercedes-BenzRear hatch and sliding door bug screens…
Mercedes-BenzA pullout kitchen in the rear...
Mercedes-BenzAnd a tent that can connect to the rear liftgate.
Mercedes-BenzThere's also an optional roof rack for extra storage.
Mercedes-BenzThe Weekender comes with standard Metris features, such as a rearview camera…
Mercedes-BenzAnd Crosswind Assist, which its maker claims stabilizes the van during strong crosswinds.
Mercedes-BenzIt also has the automaker's Adaptive ESP, which automatically brakes certain wheels and reduces the engine's output if it detects wheel spins and steering that needs correction.
Mercedes-BenzThe van is 202.4 inches long and 88.3 inches wide.
Mercedes-BenzIt has a height of 74.4 inches.
Mercedes-BenzThe 126-inch wheelbase van also has a payload of 1,896 pounds...
Mercedes-Benz...and can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
Mercedes-BenzIt has 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
Mercedes-BenzThe Weekender can be wrapped in 200 different colors.
Mercedes-BenzThe first 100 customers will receive a National Park Pass along with the camper.
Mercedes-BenzPricing has not been announced yet, but the Metris Passenger Van starts at $35,580, not including the automaker's $1,195 delivery and destination charge.
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