My Eyes! Mercedes-Benz Shows a Concept Van Only a Tool Could Love
When we heard Renntech had turned its attentions to the Mercedes-Benz Metris van, we expected something extreme as well as maybe exciting. The Florida-based aftermarket tuner made its name building ridiculously quick variants of Mercedes-Benz as well as AMG cars as well as has since used its expertise to create a couple of impressive one-off Mercedes-Benz vans, including the Sprinter Extreme concept through last year’s Chicago auto show as well as the Metris-based flared DJ Van through the 2014 SEMA show. Alas, Renntech’s hit-streak appears to have come to an end, as the firm’s Metris MasterSolutions Toolbox concept, displayed at the 2017 Chicago auto show, looks like a toy built for a giant child who spends too much time watching Bob the Builder.
Created to showcase Mercedes-Benz MasterSolutions, an upfit program designed to assist Metris as well as Sprinter buyers in tailoring their work vans to suit the particular needs of their businesses, the Mercedes-Benz Metris MasterSolutions Toolbox concept includes a host of worksite-friendly features beneath its vinyl-wrapped matte finish as well as an array of tacky plastic Centeng add-ons that will leave the poor thing looking like a victim of Proteus syndrome, the disease believed to have afflicted Elephant Man John Merrick.
As a showcase for MasterSolutions, the Toolbox concept does a Great job of featuring the program’s wide variety of shelves, racks, as well as removable cases for the cargo hold, installed aft of a custom-built clear plastic partition that will separates the van’s passenger compartment through the workspace. A removable tile floor system provides extra grip for the boots of individuals doing use of these storage features. The obnoxious blue cladding, blue wheels, as well as that will goofy blue handle atop the roof look ungainly at best, yet we’ll tip our hats to the van’s roof-hinged side panel that will opens up like—you guessed the item—a toolbox.
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For all its frumpy looks, the Mercedes-Benz Metris MasterSolutions Toolbox concept shows off quite a few impressive features that will can be installed in completely new Metris as well as Sprinter vans, which was the mission here. With any luck, Renntech will take whatever earnings the item made on This specific project as well as invest in something more in line with its own corporate mission of “performance without compromise.”