Now you can take your Mercedes-Benz camping.
German automaker Daimler on revealed its first-ever pop-up camper van for the American market. The Mercedes-Benz Weekender will be built in North Charleston, South Carolina alongside classic-camper repair and restoration shop Peace Vans and Driverge Vehicle Innovations.
As a bonus, Mercedes will provide the first 100 Weekender buyers with a free National Parks Pass.
All Metris vans, including the Weekender, come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 good for 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and 5,000 pounds of towing.
Mercedes said the van is well suited for extended road trips, weekend getaways or outings to the beach with enough sleeping space for four with two on the roof and a bench seat that converts for an additional bed for two.
Standard features include:
• An elevating roof with sleeping area for two people on a 2-inch memory foam mattress alongside three windows and USB ports for lights and device charging.
• A rear bench seat that turns into a bed for two or can be repositioned along a rail to provide additional cargo capacity.
• Front seats that swivel 180 degrees to create a lounge-like feel.
• A second battery to power the camper.
Optional features include:
• Solar panels to provide off-grid power.
• 200 exterior color options.
• An 8-inch awning for shade and rain protection.
• Screens to keep out mosquitoes.
• A tent that can be attached to the rear liftgate.
• Roof racks.
• A “pullout rear kitchen.”
The Weekender is 202.4 inches long and 74.5 inches high with a 126-inch wheelbase. Its maximum payload is 1,896 pounds, and it runs on a 2-liter, 4-cylinder, direct-injection turbocharged gas engine that generates 208 horsepower.
Orders will be accepted starting in the spring.