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Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept
  • Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept front three-quarter
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Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept
  • Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept side opening
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Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept
  • Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept
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Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept
  • Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept profile
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Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept
  • Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept front
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Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept
  • Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept rear
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Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept
  • Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept opening detail
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Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept
  • Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept rear three-quarter
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Mercedes-Benz may not be the first automaker that comes to mind when talking about cargo and utility vans, but the company has been quietly garnering sales in the US in a market that was dominated for decades by the Ford Econoline. European cargo vans promise all of the utility of a traditional panel van in a far more efficient and practical package. To show off how practical they can be, Mercedes-Benz brought a decked out Metris Worker concept to the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

The van is kitted up to look like a giant toolbox, carrying handle and all. Wild wrap and tool box add-ons aside, the coolest part about the Metris Toolbox concept is the flip-up panel on the driver's side that reveals a full workbench, complete with removable shelves and cases. Unfortunately, the flip-up side isn't actually available for customers. It's disappointing, because that feature could be really useful with some overhead lights and a few hooks.

The van itself was built by RENNtech, a company best known for tuning AMGs. The concept is a showcase for MasterSolutions, the Mercedes program that upfits Metris and Sprinter vans for commercial use. As interesting as the concept is, it feels like a bit of a step down from last year's Chicago van creation, the wild and wonderful Sprinter Extreme concept. This one's more useful, though.

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