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The cheapest Mercedes-Benz in the US is a stripped-down cargo van

It's not exactly fit for a king, but the new Metris Worker puts that three-pointed star in your driveway for less than $30,000.

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If you want a Mercedes on the cheap, today's your day. Maybe.


In February, Mercedes-Benz announced the Sprinter Worker, a single-configuration cargo van built with price and utility in mind. Six months later, Mercedes has brought its Worker badge to its smallest US van, the Metris, and in the process, it's created the most affordable Mercedes you can buy in the States.

The Metris Worker starts at $25,995, undercutting the CLA-Class luxury sedan by a few thousand bucks. Like the standard Metris, the Worker is available in both Cargo and Passenger trims, the latter coming with a removable seven-seat configuration. While the Cargo trim is meant for the working person, the Passenger is meant for limousine companies and the like.

As with the Sprinter Worker, your plate of standard equipment is rather sparse. The body is available only in white (for Cargo; Passenger can be black or silver, too), the floor comes in a bare-metal finish, and standard tech includes just Bluetooth, a 3.5mm aux input, a USB port and five speakers. While standard equipment is low, options are numerous, including rain sensors, blind-spot monitoring, body-colored bumpers and electric sliding doors.

While Mercedes ditched some fancy standard bits to bring the cost down, it didn't touch the van's capability. It's still rocking a best-in-class payload rating of more than 2,500 pounds and a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. Interior cargo volume measures 186 cubic feet, and the rear doors still feature 180-degree hinges.

Power comes from the Metris' standard engine -- a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder pumping out 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission on offer is a seven-speed automatic. The van also sports 15,000-mile service intervals, keeping you away from the dealership as much as possible. It'll be on sale by the end of the year.