July 28, 2011 at 1:50pm by Alexander Stoklosa
Mercedes-Benz is a big player in the tall, narrow commercial van segment in Europe, and some of its vans even do service as high-end transporters. No factory-built Benz van, however, is as VIP-tastic as the new Viano Vision Pearl, a luxurious “maritime-themed” land yacht for six passengers that the company is bringing to the Frankfurt auto show in September.
For those not deeply versed in the electrifying Euro van segment, Benz’s Viano slots between the automaker’s work-van Vito and its larger Sprinter, and goes toe-to-toe with Volkswagen’s Transporter vans. Like nearly all vans, the Viano Vision Pearl has no pretenses of tossability or driving bliss—it is all about pampering its occupants with sprawling interior space and what look to be top-notch fittings.
The Vision Pearl coddles passengers with white and grey leather nearly everywhere. The classy two-tone leather is set off by brushed aluminum accents, but the van’s biggest “wow” feature is its rich wood flooring. To keep occupants entertained, Mercedes installed a 1320-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system comprised of 18 handbuilt speakers. (The stereo in a standard S-class makes do with just 1200 watts.) The Viano wouldn’t be a proper modern executive shuttle without connectivity, and the Vision Pearl delivers with on-board W-LAN mobile internet.
The exterior of the Viano is upgraded with Magno Pearl Grey matte paint, flashy aluminum wheels, and integrated LED daytime running lights in the lower front intakes. We expect to learn more about the Vision Pearl—perhaps even pricing—when it debuts in September.
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