Your #Vanlife #Goals have just been made easier.
Mercedes-Benz is introducing the Metris-based Weekender, a sliding-door camper van with a pop-up roof that holds a sleeping area for two and a rear bench seat that opens into a second double bed. It’s the first Mercedes of its kind for the U.S. market.
With the Weekender, Mercedes hopes to capitalize on the growing number of buyers who value vans for weekend outdoor adventures and road trips and have often used modified Mercedes Sprinter vans to do it. Enthusiasts are the descendants of those who bought Volkswagen Westfalia and Eurovan campers, although with a much bigger social media presence. An Instagram search for the #vanlife hashtag alone returned more than 6 million tags.
Mercedes’ Weekender looks more like a souped-up minivan than some of the cooler aftermarket camper vans, such as the Sportsmobile Mercedes Sprinter 4x4. But it joins a growing Mercedes roster of other conversion-style vans, including the Sprinter and the Metris, which came out in 2015, as well as the Vito and the pop-up-style Marco Polo, which have been sold in Europe since the mid-1990s.
A company representative said the Weekender would not replace the Sprinter and Metris but instead join their variants as the most outdoor-oriented option in the group. Last year, Mercedes sold 41,635 Sprinter and Metris vans in the U.S.