The rear-wheel drive has benefited the Mercedes-Benz Viano’s driving dynamics and handling ever since the model series was first introduced. The new Viano now impresses with a completely new chassis concept. This new chassis raises the benchmark for ride comfort and driving safety to a new level. The Viano continues to lead the way, offering an unparalleled high standard of safety and an unmatched scope of assistance systems as part of the standard equipment.
Completely reconfigured new chassis
While the Viano’s front axle continues to be based on independent wheel suspension with spring struts, Mercedes-Benz has carried out a complete redesign of the axle’s finer points of detail. The host of new elements cover suspension springs and spring retainers, supporting bearings and suspension strut towers, transverse links including bearings, anti-roll bar and bearings. The modified axle setting ensures improved response. The steering additionally employs a new characteristic and a different torsion bar.
A similar situation applies to the driven rear axle. Here too, the sophisticated basic design involving independent wheel suspension on semi-trailing arms has been retained, but the development engineers have completely reconfigured the springs, auxiliary springs and shock absorbers and designed new bearings for the shock absorbers. The new bearings for the control arms have been designed with a special emphasis on comfort, with separated functions for longitudinal and lateral forces. The anti-roll bar and its bearings are also new developments.
Unmatched comfortable and safe handling
These developments provide for extremely precise, predictable and safe handling accompanied by outstanding comfort, running characteristics and noise levels. The Vanio offers the very highest standards of ride comfort, driving enjoyment and driving safety. Such all-round quality can only be topped by the air suspension including automatic level control on the rear axle, which remains available ex-factory.
Ultra-quiet travel in the greatest of comfort
Noise has also come in for close attention. Extensive computer simulations and ongoing monitoring of the results on the actual vehicle have enabled a marked reduction in noise levels. The balancer shafts in the new four-cylinder diesel variant ensure that so-called “second-order” vibrations are eliminated at source. The entire vehicle was subsequently analysed after eliminating these vibrations, giving rise to a diverse range of measures: absorbers in the interior and on the rear axle, specific reinforcement of the body structure, improved insulation and modified seals provide for ultra-quiet travel in the greatest of comfort.
No luggage restrictions: marked increase in payload reserves
There are no luggage constrictions to be considered when packing for journeys in the versatile and flexible Mercedes-Benz Viano. The development engineers have raised the permissible gross vehicle weight, accompanied by increases in the payload which are quite substantial in some instances. The permissible gross vehicle weight now totals 2.80 t (previously 2.77 t) as standard, while for the extra-long variants it stands at 3.05 t (previously 2.94 t) following the introduction of the new generation. According to model variant, the increase in payload may amount to as much as 100 kg.
Safe and sound – and a treat for the eyes
Comfort and safety in an attractive guise: the Ambiente variant of the Viano now runs as standard on five-spoke 17-inch light-alloy wheels fitted with 225/55 R 17 tyres (previously 16-inch wheels with 225/60 R 16 tyres). This wheel and tyre combination is available for the other models as an option.
Powerful brakes and a host of invisible safety features
The Mercedes-Benz Viano comes with an unparalleled range of safety and assistance systems as standard. All models feature a brake system with powerful and robust disc brakes on all wheels, electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and adaptive brake lights which display an emergency braking signal when the brakes are fully applied.
Numerous invisible safety features are also on board. The ESP Electronic Stability Programme with anti-lock braking system (ABS), acceleration skid control (ASR) and brake assist (BAS) is obligatory for all Viano models. Vehicles which are factory-fitted with a trailer coupling come with trailer stabilisation (also known as “trailer ESP) as standard. Start-off Assist (AAS), an automatic tyre pressure monitoring system, the PARKTRONIC parking and manoeuvring assistant and a reversing camera are optionally available to supplement the Viano’s comprehensive range of comfort and safety features.
Safety equipment to the very highest standard
In the event of an accident, the Mercedes-Benz Viano is also provided with the highest standard of safety equipment to limit the consequences. The driver’s and front passenger’s seats are provided with height-adjustable three-point seat belts, belt tensioners, belt force limiters, seat belt reminders and four-way head restraints. Driver and front passenger airbags also feature as standard. Optional extras include thorax sidebags (standard in the Viano Ambiente) and windowbags. All passenger seats are fitted with integrated three-point seat belts and four-way head restraints.
As in passenger cars, for families with small children a label on the side bolsters now indicates the seats which are provided with standardised anchor points for child seats.
Source: Daimler AG