The first generation Mercedes-Benz Vito was produced between 1996 and 2003. It is powered either by a diesel engine with up to 120bhp (89kW; 122PS) or a petrol engine with up to 140bhp (104kW; 142PS) and a front-wheel drive drivetrain.
The second generation Mercedes-Benz Vito is more streamlined than its predecessor, but more importantly is powered by a new range of engines and a rear-wheel drive (RWD) drivetrain.
The angle of the windshield and A-pillar is closer to horizontal; the dashboard is bigger and the hood smaller. The newer Vito is available in 3 different lengths and 4 diesel engine versions being the 109 cdi, the 111 cdi, the 115 cdi and the powerful 120 cdi. The model numerics conform with the Mercedes pattern that relates to a rough guide to engine power output. In the Vito range currently the 109 has 93 bhp, 111 relates to 116 bhp, 115 to 150bhp (112kW; 152PS) and 120 to 204bhp (152kW; 207PS).
The 2nd generation Vitos are all Euro 3 compliant (additionally Euro 4 compliant as of November 2006) and therefore exempt from the upcoming Low Emission Zone in London. This requires commercial vehicles (vans) to reach at least Euro 3 standard from October 2010.