Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa has earlier today announced a major milestone for its Inkanyezi vehicles. The popular Inkanyezi – isiZulu for ‘the Star’ – available at dealers as a long-wheelbase 516 CDI is now being converted locally at the Mercedes-Benz East London conversion facility.
This means that taxi owners will be able to immediately operate and earn income from the purchased vehicle instead of waiting for a conversion.
For those not familiar with the model, the Inkanyezi is a 23 seater people mover popular within the local taxi industry.
The Inkanyezi’s makes use of high quality vinyl seats that are not only durable and easy to clean, but are comfortable for drivers and passengers. The front cabin features a functional workspace for the driver and offers a relaxed environment for the front passenger too. Then there’s the optional multifunction steering wheel for the driver and various vehicle functions such as the state-of-the-art MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) multimedia system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen that enhance the driver’s and passengers’ journey and includes route guidance.
As far as technicalities go, the rear-wheel drive Inkanyezi 516 CDI is powered by a 2 litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 120kW with peak torque of 330Nm.
According to Marinus Venter, Head of Product and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Vans SA, “Use of the Inkanyezi in the taxi industry results in a high utilisation rate. The vehicle’s efficiency offers a key success factor in this tough and competitive sector”.
Pricing for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Inkanyezi 516 CDI starts at a recommended R945.000,00 including VAT.