There’s a new pop-up camper coming from Germany, but it’s not from Volkswagen. It’s the Mercedes-Benz Weekender that was unveiled this week at the Chicago Auto Show.
“Harkening back to the glory days of camper vans, Mercedes-Benz drew inspiration from illustrious models of the past while integrating the latest sophisticated safety, reliability and convenience features to create a new modern pop top van,” the company said.
The camper is based on the Mercedes Metris van.
“This adaptable vehicle can be used in myriad ways: traveling across the U.S. on extended road trips, taking the family on summer vacations or spring breaks, quick weekend explorations or having a comfortable place to work or relax after a surf or climbing session.
“The pop-up camper offers unique flexibility, while the Metris is perfectly suited as a versatile daily driver designed to thrive in major metropolitan areas with a spacious interior and practical dimensions that fit in parking spots, garages and driveways in any city.”
“Pop-up campers are iconic and highly functional vehicles, “ said Robert Veit, managing director of Mercedes-Benz USA Vans. “We have known for a long time that this market need was unmet as evidenced by the high demand for aging existing camper vans still on the road. With the help of our partners, Peace Vans and Driverge, we have utilized the Metris to create a product suited to those who seek adventure, but also need a versatile and comfortable vehicle for their day-to-day lives.”
The Weekender features a pop-up roof with elevated sleeping (and USB ports) for 2 people, a rear bench seat that opens into another bed for 2 people, swiveling front seats to enhance passenger conversation when parked, a second battery to power various electric devices or to provide lighting at a campsite.
The first 100 customers for the new camper also get a free National Parks Pass, Mercedes said.
Optional equipment includes integrated solar panels, an 8-foot awning, bus screens, a tent that attaches to the rear lift gate for additional space, a pull-out rear kitchen, roof racks, and a selection of vehicle wraps for personalization.
The conversions are done by Driverge Vehicle Innovations, a Mercedes upfitter, and Seattle-based Peace Vans. Mercedes said more information on the pop-up camper will be available at the Mercedes vans website.