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Mercedes-Benz Vito
Mercedes W639 front 20080127.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Production 1996–present
Assembly Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Body and chassis
Class Light commercial vehicle
Related Mercedes-Benz Viano
Powertrain
Engine 2.1 L I4 CDI Diesel
3.0 L V6 CDI Diesel
Transmission 5-speed automatic
6-speed manual
7-speed automatic
Chronology
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz MB100

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is a light van produced by Mercedes-Benz. It is available as a standard panel van for cargo, or with passenger accommodations substituted for part or all of the load area. It has also been known as the Mercedes-Benz Vito and Mercedes-Benz Viano

The Viano is a multi-purpose vehicle based on the popular Mercedes-Benz Vito commercial panel van. The first generation went on sale in 1996. The second generation was introduced in 2004, and the vehicle received a new name. In 2010, the vehicle was facelifted with revised front and rear bumpers and lights. The interior was also improved with upgraded materials and new technology. The Viano is available in both rear- and four-wheel-drive configurations and comes in three lengths, two wheelbases and a choice of four petrol and diesel engines (as well as two specialist tuned models) coupled to either a six-speed manual or five-speed TouchShift automatic transmission. Viano is also the more upmarket version of Mercedes-Benz Vito, having better quality materials, side mirror-mounted turn signals, etc.

First generation (W638; 1996–2003)[edit]

Mercedes-Benz V-Klasse 2009 (front)
Mercedes-Benz V-Klasse 2009 (rear)

The first generation Mercedes-Benz Vito was produced between 1996 and 2003. It is powered either by a diesel engine with up to 120 bhp (89 kW; 122 PS) or a gasoline engine with up to 140 bhp (104 kW; 142 PS) and a front-wheel drive drivetrain. The range of gasoline engines consists of two old units from Mercedes (113 and 114) and a Volkswagen 2.8 VR6 engine, designated as the M104.900. When it comes to diesel engines, old 2.3 with and without turbo and also modern CDI 2.2 engines are available.

This body design was also sold as the V-Klasse in more luxurious version (V-Klasse was replaced with the Viano-name for the second generation of Vito). It was designed by Michael Mauer from 1989 to 1991, when the final design was chosen and patented in February 1993.[1]

Second generation (W639; 2003–present)[edit]

W639
Mercedes Viano front 20070913.jpg
Overview
Production 2004–present (Spain)
2008–present (Mexico)
2010–present (China)
Assembly Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Alcobendas, Spain (CKD)
Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico
Fúzhōu, China (Fujian Daimler)
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door Van
Layout FR Layout
F4 Layout
Powertrain
Engine 2.2 L L4 Diesel
3.0 L V6 Diesel
3.7 L V6 Petrol
3.5 L V6 Petrol
4.3 L V6 Petrol
6.0 L V8 Petrol
Transmission 6-speed Manual
5-speed TouchShift
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,200–3,430 mm (126.0–135.0 in)
Length 4,748–5,223 mm (186.9–205.6 in)
Width 1,906 mm (75.0 in)
Height 1,875 mm (73.8 in)
Curb weight 2,040–2,135 kg (4,497–4,707 lb)

Six or seven seats come as standard in most markets. The Viano can be turned into an eight-seat people carrier by fitting two 3-seater benches in the rear. All rear seats slide in 1-inch (2.5 cm) increments, recline and can be turned to face one other. They can also be folded down or removed completely to increase the load capacity. A rear folding table is standard in six- and seven-seat layouts.[2] The rear seats cannot be folded into the floor like on some rivals.

With all the seats removed the Viano Extra-Long can accommodate up to 4,610 litres (163 cu ft) of cargo[3] with a payload of 930 kg.[4] It can tow a 2,500 kg (5,512 lb) braked trailer and a 750 kg (1,653 lb) unbraked trailer. An adjustable self-levelling rear suspension is included on higher specification models.[5]

Rear-wheel drive allows the Viano to have a smaller turning circle than front-wheel drive rivals; Compact and Long models have a turning circle of 11.8 m (39 ft) whereas the Extra-Long model turns in 12.5 m (41 ft).[6]

Initial release[edit]

Second generation Vito
The rear of the Second generation Vito

The second generation Mercedes-Benz Vito design that is more streamlined than its predecessor, 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 bonnet (hood) smaller. The new Vito is available in three different lengths and four diesel engine versions: the 109 CDI, 111 CDI, 115 CDI (all powered by a 4-cylinder 2.2-litre engine) and the 120 CDI (featuring the 3.0-litre V6 unit). The model numerics relate to their engine power output: currently the 109 has 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp), the 111 has 116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp), the 115 has 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp), and the 120 has 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp). Blue-efficiency technology is optional. The vehicles have a new 6-speed manual gearbox gear ratios designed for fuel economy. The second generation Vitos are Euro 3 compliant (additionally Euro 4 compliant as of November 2006) and exempt from the Low Emission Zone in London, which requires commercial vehicles (vans) to reach at least Euro 3 standard from October 2010.

London Taxi variant[edit]

In August 2008, a variant of the Vito was approved by the Public Carriage Office for use as a licensed London 'black cab'.[7] The Vito taxicab includes electric sliding doors, electric steps and seating for six people. The Vito's rear-wheel steering enables it to meet the PCO's strict Conditions of Fitness requirements including a 25 ft (7.6 m) turning circle and wheelchair accessibility.[8] The vehicle, a variation of the 'Traveliner' model, is built by Penso in Coventry. The rear wheel steer system is licensed from one80, and it is distributed through Eco City Vehicles subsidiary KPM-UK Taxis.[9]

The new Taxi does not perform the famous U-turn in the same way as the TX and Metro models, instead it incorporates an electrically operated rear wheel system, activated by a button adjacent to the steering wheel. This turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels, thus allowing the Taxi to perform the same tight turning circle as the TX and Metro models. This system is only possible when the vehicle is traveling at less than 5 mph (8.0 km/h), and if the vehicle goes over this speed while the LSM is active, it is deactivated, and the wheels straighten up.

It is longer and wider than the TX models, but traveling through tight spaces is aided by the electric folding wing mirrors, which as of 2009 are standard.

Production[edit]

On 16 April 2010 the assembly of the Viano W639 began at the Fujian Daimler Automotive plant in Fúzhōu, China. Forty per cent of the components and automotive parts of the Chinese model version are manufactured by local companies. The Chinese model was launched on the Chinese (Hong Kong, PRC and Republic), the South Korean and Southeast Asian market in April 2010.[10][11]

2010 update[edit]

Post-facelift Vito

The facelifted version of the Vito began from September 2010, and features restyled front and rear lights, restyled front bumpers, and more-efficient diesel engines adapted from the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter range. The Vito's suspension, instrumentation, steering wheel, and overall quality of materials was also improved.[12]

Vito E-Cell (2010–)[edit]

Presentation of the 'Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell' at the headquarters of the Committee of the Regions, during "Open Days" (Brussels, October 5th 2010)

The Vito E-Cell is the first electric vehicle mass-produced in Spain. It will be fabricated by Mercedes-Benz Spain, in the factory of Vitoria-Gasteiz. The first manufactured units (91 already) were presented on the February 7th 2011. The goal is to produce 474 units by the end of the year. Most of them will be sold to foreign companies (mainly in Germany; Berlin and Stuttgart), though the Basque supermarket gamble Eroski has got four vans for distribution duties.

Last year, the government made a plan in order to encourage this kind of cars. 590 millions € will be funded, from which 7 have gone to the 'E-Cell' project. This project will also be supported by the Basque and German governments.

Mercedes-Benz has chosen its Spanish factory in Vitoria for fabricating exclusively this van, which will substitute the current models Vito and Viano (the commercial-transport and passenger-carrier versions, respectively).

Mercedes-Benz expected 100 vehicles to be produced by the end of 2010 and a further 2,000 by the end of 2011.[13]

The Vito E-Cell utilizes a front-wheel drive setup to save installation space for a 36-kWh lithium-ion battery pack housed underneath the van's cargo area. The E-Cell's electric motor has 60 kW (80 horsepower) and 207 pound-feet of torque. The electric van has a range of 81 mi (130 km) and a top speed of 50 mph (80 km/h). [14] The UK market was allocated 50 vehicles for the first year. All customers are to be vetted to ensure suitability and must return the van after four years to Mercedes.[15]

The Vito E-Cell is a long van, with a distance of 3.2 meters between the axes, so that there is enough space for the batteries. With this aim of saving space, only the front-drive version is offered, unlike in the previous model, so a long development was needed, although some suspension components of the AWD (all-wheel drive) version were used. The vehicle has a payload capacity of 900 kg, and a permissible total weight of three tons (3.050 kg, exactly).
The car does not show external changes with the other versions (except for the decoration): the body has not been modified, both the double side door and the helpful back 'gate' remain as before. The place for the refueling has also been used for the recharging connection.
The Vito E-Cell has got a complete and modern equipment. Among the main novelties, this model has a special heater connected to the high voltage network and to the basic heating system, in order to ensure pleasant conditions even in the coldest months. Besides, the driver's seat is heated.
The car has also a multifunction steering wheel and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors. Another new feature is a reversing camera which sends images to the driver's screen, letting him/her identify obstacles and pedestrians (there is an acoustic warning too) during low-speed maneuvering.
In terms of safety, the new Mercedes keeps the same level as the other Vito models. The vehicle has an internal combustion engine, so, if a collision occurs, the batteries are protected by a shock element. The active safety also makes that the high-technology voltage network turns off when the airbag control unit activates. The Vito E-Cell comes standard with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and dual airbags.

This van is driven by an electric battery. This battery is placed under the chassis (where the petrol tank and the prop-shaft are normally), while the engine, the transformer and the charger are located in the engine's (a block of four or six cylinders) usual position, under the hood.
The battery consists of a Lithium ion battery pack split into 16 modules with 192 cells in all, with high energy density and a rated voltage of 360 volts. They are supplied by the company Magna, and they have a maximum range of 130 km (just as the engine), but this can be reduced by the weather conditions, the ground's topography or even the cargo volume. It is considered that a range between 90 km and 100 km could be more realistic. Either way, it is supposed to be enough for a workday in urban delivery. The batteries weigh 550 kg; their life is unknown. Their total charge time is six hours through a high voltage system (380 or 400 volts); with a domestic 230 volt supply the total charge time is double, about 12 hours. The total battery capacity is 36 kWh, 32 kWh are available for the vehicle operation. Moreover, Mercedes-Benz offers the vehicle in the form of 'renting', in which the manufacturer takes charge of updating the batteries when necessary.
The electric engine is a permanent synchronous magnet drive with a constant power of 60 kW (equivalent to 81,6 hp) and a maximum power of 70 kW (about 95 hp). The speed is limited to 80 km/h, and it has a maximum torque of 280 Nm instantly available, which lets the van have a similar dynamic performance to one equipped with a modern diesel engine.

Vito E-CELL crewbus (2012)[edit]

It is a version of seven-seater Vito E-CELL with electric motor (60 kW, 280 Nm), power electronics, transformer and AC/DC charger under the bonnet; lithium-ion batteries under the passenger compartment floor.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Geneva Motor Show.[16]

Viano 4MATIC[edit]

The Viano driving through the sand dunes

Four-wheel drive (4MATIC) is optional on models with 4-cylinder diesel engines. In normal operation the system transfers driving power in a 35:65 split between the front and rear axles. The 4MATIC system does not have mechanical differential locks, but an electronic traction system (4ETS). If one or more wheels loses traction on a slippery surface, the system applies brief pulses of brake pressure to the spinning wheels thus increasing torque to wheels with good grip.

Vehicles with four-wheel drive have a higher ride height, which increases approach, departure and breakover angles (20°/28°/19° respectively, versus 14°/22°/14° in conventional rear-wheel-drive models). The all-wheel drive adds 80 kg to the total weight of the vehicle.[17]

Viano X-Clusive (2008-2010)[edit]

This edition was only available in European markets from 2008 to 2010 with either a petrol or diesel V6 engine.[18] It was available in either Brilliant Silver or Obsidian Black metallic paint, and featured a redesigned radiator grille, 18-inch alloy wheels, a chromed exhaust tailpipe, side skirts, and unique front and rear bumpers. The interior had pebble or anthracite coloured 'Twin' leather seats and a choice of grey or brown burr walnut wood accents.[19]

Viano Marco Polo[edit]

Viano Marco Polo camping edition

In some countries a camping derivative is available - known as the Marco Polo - equipped with a galley (including gas stove, sink, 40 L fridge, and storage), multi-function wardrobe and a sliding bench seat in the rear which can be turned into a large air-sprung bed. A pop-up roof is also standard (electric assist is optional) providing standing height inside. An additional bed can be fitted in the pop-up roof area to increase sleeping capacity to four individuals.

Fresh water and waste water tanks are accessible from outside the vehicle, while the gas-cylinder bay is hidden inside an interior cupboard. An auxiliary battery is included under the front passenger seat. Up to six optional individual seats can be fitted for maximum MPV flexibility, but only four seats (including the two-seater bench mentioned above) can be used when in camping mode.

The Marco Polo was designed and created in partnership with Westfalia just like Volkswagen camper vans were until 1999. It was then Daimler AG bought a controlling stake in the conversion company meaning Volkswagen had to continue converting their commercial vehicles into camper vans alone.[citation needed]

Safety[edit]

Two head-on airbags and (on higher trim levels) front side airbags are fitted as standard, with front window airbags available as an option. Electronic stability control (ESP), traction control system (ASR), anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBV) and brake assist (BAS) are all fitted as standard. If BAS is activated, the hazard lights flash to warn following motorists that the Viano driver is undertaking an emergency braking manoeuvre.[20]

Each seat is fitted with a three-point seatbelt with belt tensioner and force limiter and an adjustable head restraint.

The Viano underwent the Euro NCAP car safety tests in 2008 and achieved the following ratings:[21]

Euro NCAP Rating
Adult occupant: 4/5 stars
Child occupant: 3/5 stars
Pedestrian: 1/4 stars

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) also tested the Viano and gave it a score of 32.66 points out of 37.[22] It is the only van in Australasia to achieve the maximum five-star rating.

ANCAP Rating
Safety: 5/5 stars

Engines[edit]

Years Model & Transmission Engine Power Torque Top Speed 0-62 mph Economy Emissions
Diesel
2004–2007 Viano 2.0 CDI 2.2 L, 4 in-L 109 PS (80 kW) 290 N·m (214 lb·ft) 99 mph (159 km/h) 17.6 s 31.7 mpg-imp (8.9 l/100 km) 235 g/km
2004–2007 Viano 2.0 CDI TouchShift 2.2 L, 4 in-L 109 PS (80 kW) 290 N·m (214 lb·ft) 98 mph (158 km/h) 17.3 s 31.7 mpg-imp (8.9 l/100 km) 235 g/km
2007–2010 Viano 2.0 CDI 2.2 L, 4 in-L 116 PS (85 kW) 290 N·m (214 lb·ft) 99 mph (159 km/h) 17.6 s 34.9 mpg-imp (8.1 l/100 km) 215 g/km
2007–2010 Viano 2.0 CDI TouchShift 2.2 L, 4 in-L 116 PS (85 kW) 290 N·m (214 lb·ft) 98 mph (158 km/h) 17.3 s 32.8 mpg-imp (8.6 l/100 km) 229 g/km
2004–2010 Viano 2.2 CDI 2.2 L, 4 in-L 150 PS (110 kW) 330 N·m (243 lb·ft) 112 mph (180 km/h) 14.9 s 34.9 mpg-imp (8.1 l/100 km) 215 g/km
2004–2010 Viano 2.2 CDI TouchShift 2.2 L, 4 in-L 150 PS (110 kW) 330 N·m (243 lb·ft) 111 mph (179 km/h) 13.0 s 32.8 mpg-imp (8.6 l/100 km) 229 g/km
2006–2010 Viano 3.0 CDI TouchShift 3.0 L, 6 in-V 204 PS (150 kW) 440 N·m (325 lb·ft) 123 mph (198 km/h) 9.2 s 30.7 mpg-imp (9.2 l/100 km) 244 g/km
Petrol
Viano 3.0 V6 TouchShift 3.2 L, 6 in-V 190 PS (140 kW)
Viano 3.2 V6 TouchShift 3.2 L, 6 in-V 218 PS (160 kW)
2004–2007 Viano 3.7 V6 TouchShift 3.7 L, 6 in-V 231 PS (170 kW) 345 N·m (254 lb·ft) 119 mph (192 km/h) 11.0 s 23.2 mpg-imp (12.2 l/100 km) 294 g/km
2007- Viano 3.5 V6 TouchShift 3.5 L, 6 in-V 258 PS (190 kW) 340 N·m (251 lb·ft) 127 mph (204 km/h) 9.3 s 23.7 mpg-imp (11.9 l/100 km) 284 g/km
n/a Viano 4.4 Brabus TouchShift 4.3 L, 6 in-V 325 PS (239 kW) 430 N·m (317 lb·ft) 143 mph (230 km/h) 7.2 s n/a n/a
n/a Viano 6.1 Brabus TouchShift 6.0 L, 8 in-V 426 PS (313 kW) 621 N·m (458 lb·ft) 152 mph (245 km/h) 6.2 s n/a n/a

2010 update (2010-)[edit]

Viano (2010-)[edit]

Changes include standard BlueEFFICIENCY technology, new interior trim materials, new ambient lighting system with dimmable individual LED reading lamps and fibre optic units, optional Rear Seat Entertainment system, seats with redesigned upholstery, redesigned cockpit with new control buttons and a four-spoke multi-function steering wheel, significantly reduced noise levels, new suspension with front and rear axles revised and specially tuned to match each specific model, EU 5 emission standards compliance.[23]

Early models include four and six-cylinder diesel and petrol engines rated 100 kW (126 hp) to 190 kW (258 hp) (CDI 2.0, CDI 2.2, CDI 3.0, 3.5).[24][25]

V-Class (2011-)[edit]

Japan models went on sale in 2011-01-21, with delivery beginning in March 2011. Early models included V 350 Trend (RHD), V 350 Ambiente (RHD), V 350 Ambiente long (RHD).[26]

Viano Avantgarde Edition 125 (2011-)[edit]

Viano, long version

Available in compact and long bodies, it is a version of Viano Avantgarde with 16-spoke high-sheen 8J x 19 light-alloy wheels, high-gloss chromed exterior mirror housings plus side skirts, chrome trim on the front bumper and chromed rear trim on the tailgate, obsidian black metallic or brilliant silver metallic body colour, leather-upholstered seats with a piping design and increased lateral support, Lugano leather or new exclusive 'Twin DINAMICA' microfibre upholstery, white scale illumination for the instruments, sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs, decorative strips with black or brown burr-walnut look, four individual seats for the passengers in the rear with leather covers with a piping design, special padding with increased lateral support; inserts in the side trim panels in leather, decorative strips with a burr-walnut look, individual seats mounted on rails can be moved in 25-mm steps and include integral three-point seat belts, height-adjustable head restraints and adjustable armrests; choice of 2 engines (V6 CDI 3.0L (224PS) Diesel, 3.5L (258PS) petrol), automatic transmission.[27][28]

Viano Vision Pearl (2011-)[edit]

It is a version of Viano inspired by modern sporting yachts, with the theme of travel as an experience. Changes include full leather interior in white/grey, wood floor, brushed aluminium trim, chromatically tinting windows, onboard W-LAN connectivity, magno pearl grey (matt pebble-grey) body colour, integrated LED daytime running lamps, BeoSound Viano sound system by Bang & Olufsen (1320 watts amplifier, 18 integrated hand-built loudspeakers).[29][30]

The vehicles was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.[31][32]

Viano BlueEFFICIENCY package (2011-)[edit]

Changes include new generator management system converts part of the kinetic energy produced into electric energy, which is then stored in the battery.

The vehicles were available for Mercedes-Benz Viano from September 2011.[33]

Viano Marco Polo (2011-)[edit]

The vehicle was unveiled in Tuscany Tour 2011.[34]

Viano PEARL Limited Edition (2012-)[edit]

It is a production version of Viano VISION PEARL show car, with a modified radiator grille and a distinctive bumper with integrated LED daytime driving lights, magno allanite grey body colour with a satin finish (optional new metallic paint finish available to customers from the start-up of production), 19-inch light-alloy wheels with two-tone paintwork, 245/45 R 19 tyres, shoulder line trim strips, optional roof rails in contrasting dark colour "mountain grey" colour, entrance steps with walnut wood strips and illuminated brand, rear real walnut floor finished in a warm walnut stain, side trim panels in the rear and the cockpit in walnut, roof liner and window pillars upholstered in DINAMICA fabric, front seats and the four individual seats in the rear upholstered in two-tone nappa leather in seashell grey and grey beige with contrasting stitching, trim strips in brushed aluminium, dimmable ambient lighting behind the aluminium trim strips, MAGIC SKY CONTROL with electrochromatic glass for the rear side windows, BeoSound Viano sound system from Bang & Olufsen (an amplifier with a total output of 1320W, 18 loudspeakers, four illuminated tweeter lenses distributed throughout the interior), a W-LAN hotspot, a V6 (224PS) diesel or 3.5L V6 (258PS) petrol engine, automatic transmission

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Delivery of the initial vehicles began in the summer of 2012.[35]

Viano VISION DIAMOND (2012)[edit]

It is a version of Viano with black radiator grille, chromed grille louvers, two-tone body colour, a fine shimmering gold line painted by hand separates the two body colors of black and diamond white, a painted diamond at B-pillar, two-tone in the rims of the five-spoke wheels, brakes with feature the words 'Mercedes-Benz' in gold, a multimedia unit that allows passengers to choose between a business setting or a comfortable ambience for relaxing, Magic Sky Control system at the windows of the passenger compartment and the rear window and the glass partition between the chauffeur and the passenger compartment, chauffeur's area in black in color, seats and door paneling are covered in nappa leather, leather-covered instrument panel, steering wheel, gearshift, A- and B-pillars; passenger compartment in porcelain white (from the carpet and the seats to the safety belts and the ceiling), passenger compartment with heating, cooling, massage features, calf benches, footrests; cup holders between seats, Champagne glass holders for the model's silver Champagne flutes, five bottle holders at side paneling, Champagne bottle retainer with a cooling system, 8 diamonds embedded in the interior trim, Bang & Olufsen 'BeoLiving Viano' sound system operated via two iPad2 or iPhone4 devices, iOS-controlled interior lighting and sound system for the model's 40-inch screen, iPad2 or iPhone4 devices in a docking station in the center console, 40-inch screen with black aluminum frame, behind the chauffeur area; optional intercom for communication between the cockpit and the passenger compartment, a W-LAN system that enables Web videoconferencing and among other things.[36][37][38]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Beijing Auto Show.[39]

Engines[edit]

All of the Viano's engines prior to 2010 conformed to Euro 4 emission standards.

2010- Viano 2.0 CDI 2.2 L, 4 in-L 136 PS (100 kW) 310 N·m (229 lb·ft) 108 mph (174 km/h) 14.1 s 38.7 mpg-imp (7.30 l/100 km) 192 g/km
2010- Viano 2.0 CDI TouchShift 2.2 L, 4 in-L 136 PS (100 kW) 310 N·m (229 lb·ft) 107 mph (172 km/h) 13.1 s 34.5 mpg-imp (8.2 l/100 km) 216 g/km
2010- Viano 2.2 CDI 2.2 L, 4 in-L 163 PS (120 kW) 360 N·m (266 lb·ft) 117 mph (188 km/h) 12.1 s 38.7 mpg-imp (7.30 l/100 km) 192 g/km
2010- Viano 2.2 CDI TouchShift 2.2 L, 4 in-L 163 PS (120 kW) 360 N·m (266 lb·ft) 113 mph (182 km/h) 11.1 s 34.5 mpg-imp (8.2 l/100 km) 216 g/km
2010- Viano 3.0 CDI TouchShift 3.0 L, 6 in-V 224 PS (165 kW) 440 N·m (325 lb·ft) 125 mph (201 km/h) 9.1 s 32.8 mpg-imp (8.6 l/100 km) 226 g/km

Security[edit]

The Viano was tested by Thatcham's New Vehicle Security Ratings (NVSR) organisation and achieved the following ratings:[40]

NVSR Rating
Theft of car: 5/5 stars
Theft from car: 3/5 stars

2013 update[edit]

Grand Edition Viano AVANTGARDE (2013-)[edit]

Available in "compact" and "long" body variants, Grand Edition Viano AVANTGARDE includes mountain crystal white metallic body colour, black-painted radiator grille, 19-inch five-spoke light-alloy wheels with 245/45 R 19 tyres, interior trim elements with satin-finish burr-walnut look, 'Grand Edition' badge.

The vehicles was unveiled in 2013 Geneva Motor Show,[41] followed by 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show.[42]

Viano Fun, Viano Marco Polo (2013-)[edit]

Viano Fun includes two body lengths, with five and seven seats configurations. The seats are arranged around a folding table and can be moved as desired within a highly flexible rail system or removed in next to no time. The rear bench seat can be folded down for those wishing to sleep in the Viano Fun. When additional berths are required, the vehicle is optionally available with a pop-up roof, which creates plenty of room and the necessary space for a roof bed.

Viano Marco Polo includes pop-up roof, a completely furnished kitchenette with cupboards, cooker, sink, fridge, water system, stowage space, wardrobe, flexible rear bench seat (two single seats which can be individually adjusted electrically right down to a full reclining position), an automatic transmission, bi-xenon headlamps, Tempmatic air conditioning, 17-inch light-alloy wheels, Audio 50 APS navigation system, metallic paintwork, hot-air auxiliary heating, windowbags for driver and front passenger.

The vehicles were unveiled in Caravan Salon 2013,[43] followed by 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show.[42]

V 350 White Edition, V 350 Avantgarde Edition long (2013-)[edit]

V 350 White Edition is a limited (50 units) version of right hand drive V 350 for Japan market, with arctic body colour, anthracite (leather twin) interior, luxurious package (powered driver seat with memory setting and electric lumber support and seat back pocket, front seats heaters, electric dual sliding doors, PARKTRONIC parking assist, anti-theft alarm system), exclusive 18-inch 10-spoke aluminium wheels and wide tires, bi-xenon package (bi-xenon headlight and headlight washer, active light system, cornering light), ETC car toll collector.

V 350 Avantgard Edition long is a limited (50 units) version of right hand drive V 350 long for Japan market, with obsidian black metallic body colour, pebble beige/anthracite (for exclusive leather DINAMICA seat) interior, bumper with integrated front spoiler with chrome strip, 19-inch 16-spoke aluminium wheel and wide tire, dual glass sliding roof, tailgate chrome trim, side skirt, 'AVANTGARDE' side emblem, 6 independent seats (2 seats at 3rd row), stainless acceleration and brake pedals with rubber stud, HDD navigation system, utility package (retractable centre table, under-seat safety box with exclusive key lock, luggage net).

The vehicles went on sale in 2013-06-06.[44]

V 350 Black Edition (2013-)[edit]

It is a limited (170 units) version of right hand drive V 350 for Japan market, with obsidian black body colour, anthracite (leather twin) interior, exclusive 18-inch 10-spoke aluminium wheels and wide tires, bi-xenon package (bi-xenon headlight and headlight washer, active light system, cornering light), luxurious package (powered driver seat with memory setting and electric lumber support and seat back pocket, front seats heaters, electric dual sliding doors, PARKTRONIC parking assist, anti-theft alarm system), ETC car toll collector.

The vehicle went on sale in 2013-11-12.[45]

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
Viano 3.0 2013- 3,199 cc (195.2 cu in) V6 (M 112 E 32) 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@?
Viano 3.5 2013- 3,498 cc (213.5 cu in) V6 (M 112 E 32) 258 PS (190 kW; 254 hp)@?
Diesel engines
Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
Viano 2.2 CDI 2013- 2,143 cc (130.8 cu in) I4 two-stage turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp)@3800, 360 N·m (266 lbf·ft)@1600-2400
Viano 3.0 CDI 2013- 2,143 cc (130.8 cu in) V6 turbo (OM 642 DE 30 LA) 224 PS (165 kW; 221 hp)@3800, 440 N·m (325 lbf·ft)@1400-2800

UK models included only 2.2 CDI (long/extra long), 3.0 CDI (long/extra long).

Transmissions[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Types
Viano 3.0 2013- ?
Viano 3.5 2013- ?
Diesel engines
Model Years Types
Viano 2.2 CDI 2013- 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Viano 3.0 CDI 2013- 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic

Environmental impact[edit]

EcoTest analysed the emissions from the EU4-compliant 2.0 CDI 116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp) and 2.2 CDI 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) manuals and the EU5-compliant 2.2 CDI 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp) TouchShift; the results are below:

3/5 stars (68/100)[46] 2006–2010 2.0 CDI Manual 116 hp Diesel
3/5 stars (64/100)[46] 2010 - on 2.2 CDI TouchShift 163 hp Diesel
2/5 stars (46/100)[46] 2004–2010 2.2 CDI Manual 150 hp Diesel

Next Green Car - an expert environmental organisation that analyses official vehicle emissions data rated the Viano. These Green Ratings (from 0 (cleanest) to 100 (dirtiest)) are listed below:[47]

53 2010-on 2.0 CDI Manual 136 hp
53 2010-on 2.2 CDI Manual 163 hp
59 2010-on 2.0 CDI TouchShift 136 hp
59 2010-on 2.2 CDI TouchShift 163 hp
62 2010-on 3.0 CDI TouchShift 224 hp
68 2006–2010 3.0 CDI TouchShift 204 hp
70 2004–2010 2.0 CDI TouchShift 116 hp
71 2004–2010 2.0 CDI Manual 116 hp
71 2004–2010 2.2 CDI Manual 150 hp
75 2007–2010 3.5 V6 TouchShift 258 hp
79 2004–2010 2.2 CDI TouchShift 150 hp

Motorsports[edit]

2006: The Viano was a support vehicle in the Dakar Rally for the Mercedes-Benz Service and Kwikpower team[48]

2009: The Viano claimed victory in the SUV category in the 19th Rallye Aicha des Gazelles with Irishwoman Jeanette James as pilot and Frenchwoman Anne-Marie Ortola as navigator.[48]

Reviews[edit]

Rear 3/4 view pre-facelift

The Mercedes-Benz Viano has received mixed to positive reviews from the motoring press. The van-based design is seen as a blessing by some critics and a failing by others. As of July 2010 reviews for the facelifted Viano are not available.

  • AA, The 8/10 stars[49]
    'Image is everything in the world of business and it should come as no surprise that the Viano is the big cheese in the executive travel world.'
  • Autocar 2.5/5 stars[50]
    'Still more van than MPV. Airport transport.'
  • Parker's 3/5 stars[51]
    'Pros: Capable of carrying eight in comfort, massive and versatile interior, superb diesels'.
    'Cons: Sheer size makes it difficult to manoeuvre, can't hide commercial vehicle origins.'
  • RAC 7.2/10 stars[52]
    'With its rare combination of spacious seating and generous luggage capacity, the Viano is a paragon of practicality...'
  • What Car? 3/5 stars[53]
    'For - Comes with a choice of two wheelbases and three body lengths, plus a variety of seating arrangements and plenty of space inside. The sliding rear side doors ease access.'
    'Against - It's an expensive option, whose van roots show through in some areas. The engines are noisy and it's not easy to use the car’s full versatility...'
  • Yahoo! Cars 3/5 stars[54]
    "Most MPVs never make that much sense because when full of people there's nowhere for the lugagge to go. No such problem exists with the vast Viano."[55]

W447[edit]

V-Class, Edition 1 (2014-)[edit]

The new V-Class was reported to replace Mercedes-Benz R-Class.[56] However, it was marketed as a successor to the Mercedes-Benz Viano.[57]

V-Class Edition 1 is a limited version of V 250 BlueTEC with 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, sports or optionally AGILITY CONTROL suspension with selective damper control, 19-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, tinted glass in the rear compartment, marron nappa leather seats, leather-look dashboard with contrasting topstitching, dark anthracite ebony wood-look trim, THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control plus separate semi-automatic TEMPMATIC system in the rear, COMAND Online, Burmester surround sound system, electric sliding doors on the right and left, electric EASY PACK tailgate with separately opening rear windscreen, Parking package with 360-degree camera, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, PRE-SAFE.

The vehicle was unveiled in Munich Olympics complex.

The vehicles was set to become available to order 6 March 2014. During market launch in late May 2014, the new V-Class will be available as a long-wheelbase model, followed by compact and extra-long variants in later time. Early models include V 200, V 220 CDI, V 250 BlueTEC.[58][59]

German model was set to go on sale in late May 2014.[60]

European model was set to go on sale in June 2014.[61]

Engines[edit]

Diesel engines
Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
V 200 CDI 2014- 2,143 cc (130.8 cu in) I4 two-stage turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA red.?) 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp)@?, 330 N·m (243 lbf·ft)?@?
V 220 CDI 2014- 2,143 cc (130.8 cu in) I4 two-stage turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp)@3800, 380 N·m (280 lbf·ft)@1400-2400
V 250 BlueTEC 2014- 2,143 cc (130.8 cu in) I4 two-stage turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@?, 440 N·m (325 lbf·ft)@?

Transmissions[edit]

Diesel engines
Model Years Types
V 200 CDI 2014- ?-speed manual, 7-speed automatic (7G-TRONIC PLUS with DIRECT SELECT lever and DIRECT SELECT shift paddles)
V 220 CDI 2014- ?-speed manual, 7-speed automatic (7G-TRONIC PLUS with DIRECT SELECT lever and DIRECT SELECT shift paddles)
V 250 BlueTEC 2014- 7-speed automatic (7G-TRONIC PLUS with DIRECT SELECT lever and DIRECT SELECT shift paddles)

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