The all-new Mercedes-Benz Vito Taxi is now officially on sale in London, priced from £168 a week with a zero deposit, based on a four-year lease with a final £15,900 payment, and 30,000 miles a year.

The London-specific model comes with a compact body length and incorporates a rear steering axle that allows it to meet the 25ft turning circle rule as prescribed by the Public Carriage Office.

It can carry up to six passengers, and is fully-wheelchair accessible. The new Vito Taxi uses the low-emission 136hp 114CDI Euro 6 engine, with 7G-Tronic Plus seven-speed automatic gearbox as standard, with Controlled steering column-mounted gear shift. However, this powertrain will need to be superseded by a hybrid by 2020, when new ULEZ rules for black cabs come into force.

Standard equipment also includes engine Start/Stop function, air conditioning for the driver and passengers, electric folding mirrors, electrically operated sliding doors on both sides and an electrical nearside and off-side step.

The new Vito Taxi comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty and MobiloVan back-up, which includes free, round-the-clock emergency roadside assistance.

Steve Bridge, managing director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, said: “We know that the London taxi fraternity has been waiting in anticipation for us to bring the new Vito Taxi to market – our previous cab took the industry by storm and has sold in excess of 3,000 units since its launch in 2008.”

The new Vito Taxi London is supplied exclusively via Mercedes-Benz Dealer S & B Commercials at Welham Green, Hertfordshire. Visit www.mbvitotaxi.co.uk for more information.