VanGuide.co.uk can exclusively reveal that the Mercedes-Benz Vito is to receive a new 2.0-litre diesel engine to bring the van in-line with the latest Euro 6D emission standard. The new engine replace the aging 2.1-litre units which has powered the Vito since 2008.
The current generation (W447 or third gen) Vito was launched in 2014 and was initially offered with either the 1.6-litre Renault engine (Daimler code OM622) on the front wheel drive and a 2.1-litre Daimler engine (OM651) on the rear wheel drive.
However, at the start of 2020, the 1.6-litre engine was enhanced and the displacement increased from 1,598cc to 1,749cc. This increased the output to 102PS and 270Nm and, because the engine was less strained, allowed it to lower the emissions, but the 2.1-litre remained on rear wheel drive models.
With the deadline for Euro 6D Temp arriving in September 2020, Mercedes-Benz has decided to replace the old unit with the new 2.0-litre OM654, which was developed in 2016 for the E-Class. This engine has also been introduced to the larger Mercedes-Benz Sprinter panel van.
The 1,995cc OM654 is a 4-cylinder, in-line cast block with balancing shafts is made from aluminium to reduce weight. The engine features a single turbocharger and BorgWarner’s eBooster electrically driven compressor, and the cylinder walls are lined with the slippery Nanoslide iron-carbon coating that cuts friction.
There will be three power outputs:
- 136PS and 330Nm (Vito 114)
- 162PS and 380Nm (Vito 116)
- 190PS and 440Nm (Vito 119)
New power rating on 1.7-litre
In addition to the new engine, Mercedes-Benz will also introduce a new power rating on the front wheel drive. Alongside the current 102PS and 270Nm output (Vito 110) on the 1.7-litre engine, there’s a new 136PS and 330Nm rating:
- 102PS and 270Nm (Vito 110 FWD)
- 136PS and 270Nm (Vito 114 FWD)