Now even safer, cleaner, more comfortable and more striking: Mercedes-Benz will be showcasing the new Sprinter at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf from 31 August to 8 September.
The Mercedes-Benz Viano Marco Polo Edition and the Viano Fun Edition can also be viewed on the Mercedes-Benz stand. In addition other vehicles bearing the Mercedes star are to be found on the stands of different mobile home manufacturers, right up to the imposing alcove-mobile based on the Mercedes-Benz Actros.
A large number of conversion and body specialists are presenting camper vans based on the Sprinter. This is the model in the Mercedes-Benz Vans portfolio that is most frequently converted by bodybuilders, and is also in great demand outside Europe. In North America, for example, Mercedes-Benz currently delivers around 4000 camper vans a year to numerous leading fitters and body manufacturers, and some of these are even exported to China.
Eye-catcher: cut-away model with exclusive white appointments
An eye-catcher at the Mercedes-Benz stand at the Caravan Salon is the fully functional cut-away model of a new high-roof Mercedes-Benz Sprinter fully converted into a camper van. On the right side the interior is almost completely exposed. The eye is attracted to high-gloss white furnishings and white seats in genuine automobile leather from Mercedes-Benz. This combination lends the interior the elegant character of a yacht.
New Sprinter: Unrivalled range of safety systems
The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter sets standards as an innovative leader, e.g. with five new safety systems: Cross-Wind Assist, Proximity Warning Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and High Beam Assist are all configured precisely for the safety and comfort-conscious camper van holidaymaker.
And for a combination of nature and technology when on holiday, the new Sprinter is also ideal in another respect: it is the first in its class to offer a complete range of engines complying with the future Euro VI emission standards. This means a further drastic reduction in emissions.
The developers have systematically configured the new Sprinter for a low fuel consumption. The minimum combined figure of 6.3 l/100 km sets a record in this vehicle class, and equates to extremely low CO2 emissions. The power output of the popular diesel engines remains unchanged. The engine line-up comprises four-cylinder units with a displacement of 2.15 l spanning an output range from 70 kW (95 hp) to 120 kW (163 hp) and the V6 3.0 CDI which is without parallel in this segment, delivering 140 kW (190 hp) and generating 440 Nm of torque.
The engine power is transferred to the road either via the manual six-speed Eco Gear transmission or the 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission with torque converter, the like of which are not to be found in any other van. This is particularly popular with camper van buyers. The variant of the automatic transmission with the fuel-saving Eco start/stop function is celebrating its premiere in this segment.
Exterior and interior further upgraded
The new Sprinter also sports markedly sharper looks. In keeping with the current design line from Mercedes-Benz the radiator grille is more upright, presenting a bolder face. The headlamps have a sharper profile, the new bonnet is higher and the bumper features more striking lines. The exemplary interior has also been further upgraded.
Viano Fun and Viano Marco Polo: time out with a smile
In addition to the Sprinter, the Viano Fun and above all the Viano Marco Polo are ideal for both recreation and day-to-day driving. The Viano Fun comes in two lengths and offers between five and seven seats. These are grouped around a folding table, can be moved at will on a system of rails and are easily and quickly removable. The rear bench seat can be folded down for those wishing to sleep in the Viano Fun.
The Viano Marco Polo comes fully equipped as a mobile holiday home, including a cooker, refrigerator and wardrobe. One clever feature is the movable rear seat unit made up of two individual seats. These can be electrically adjusted right down to a sleeping position. For long journeys the side bolsters can be electro-pneumatically inflated for comfortable contours and reassuring lateral support.
The special Viano Marco Polo Edition model featuring an extensive array of special equipment is a particularly attractive proposition. This ranges from an automatic transmission to bi-xenon headlamps, Tempmatic air conditioning, 17-inch light-alloy wheels, Audio 50 APS navigation system, metallic paint and warm-air auxiliary heating.
The Viano Fun Edition will also be available from September 2013. This model has five seats as standard which can be converted into three sleeping surfaces. It features a range of special equipment similar to that in the Viano Marco Polo Edition. Options available for this model include e.g. a pop-up roof and a roof bed.
The Viano Marco Polo Edition is available from a price of just € 54,538, and the Viano Fun Edition from € 42,114 (in Germany).
Source: Daimler AG