7 seater Maxicab
The Mercedes-Benz Vito is a light commercial van (M) produced by Mercedes-Benz. It is available as a standard panel van for cargo (called Vito), or with passenger accommodations substituted for part or all of the load are (called V-Class or Viano). The V-Class/Viano is a large MPV. The first generation went on sale in 1996. The second generation was introduced in 2004, & the vehicle received the new Viano name. In 2010, the vehicle was facelifted with revised front & rear bumpers & lights. The interior was also improved with upgraded materials & new technology. The 3rd generation was launched in 2014 & returned to being called V-Class. The Viano is available in both rear- & four-wheel-drive configurations & comes in three lengths, two wheelbases & a choice of four petrol & diesel engines (as well as two specialist tuned models) coupled to either a six-speed manual or five-speed TouchShift automatic transmission.
Six or seven seats come as standard in most markets. The Viano can be turned into an eight-seat people carrier by fitting two three-seater benches in the rear. All rear seats slide in 1-inch (2.5 cm) increments, recline & can be turned to face one other (Conference Seating). They can also be folded down or removed completely to increase the load capacity. 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 with a payload of 930 kg (2,050 lb). 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).
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. Each seat is fitted with a three-point seatbelt with belt tensioner, force limiter & an adjustable head restraint. The Viano passed the Euro NCAP car safety tests in 2008.
Changes to the Viano range include standard BlueEFFICIENCY technology, new interior trim materials, new ambient lighting system with dimmable individual LED reading lamps & fibre optic units, optional rear seat entertainment system, redesigned cockpit, new suspension with front & rear axles revised & specially tuned to match each specific model and EU 5 emission standards compliance.
The face lifted range included four and six-cylinder diesel and petrol engines rated at 100 kW (134 hp; 136 PS) to 190 kW (255 hp; 258 PS) (CDI 2.0, CDI 2.2, CDI 3.0, 3.5) A 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 & 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 (176 lb) to the total weight of the vehicle.
The third generation V-Class was launched in 2014 as a full size MPV to replace the Viano and R-Class.However, it was marketed as a successor to the Mercedes-Benz Viano. The V-Class was a long-wheelbase model initially, with compact and extra-long variants due at a later date. A special launch model based on the V 250 BlueTEC is called Edition 1, and is fitted with a range of additional equipment including leather interior, Burmeister sound system and large alloy wheels and Agility Control suspension system.
Elegance, style, comfort and spaciousness define every V-Class. The universal concept provides precisely the right solution for everyone and every situation. Thanks to its innovative safety systems and spaciousness, the V-Class is also a perfect family vehicle. The interior of the V-Class also presents a stylish design. The cockpit features high-quality recessed switches and inputs integrated into one extensive wave shape. The free-standing media display is a skillfully designed centerpiece. The driver no longer has to lower his gaze from the road and has an easier view of important information. High-quality materials, smooth transitions & chrome applications make the V-Class a comfort zone on every journey. The rear compartment continues this sensual character. First-class materials & leathers add a haptic element to the incomparable atmosphere.
The V-Class is available in three lengths: compact (4895 mm), long (5140 mm) and extra-long (5370 mm). Due to its exclusive interior design, the V-Class EXCLUSIVE is only available as the long variant. The refined design and the high-quality applications in the interior provide the V-Class with a stylish ambience while its flexible seating concept transforms it into a truly personalized space. In addition, the seats can be arranged to face each other or aligned in the driving direction. If space is needed for a bicycle or other bulky objects, then the seats in the rear compartment can be removed completely thanks to the elegant rail system with quick release fasteners. The cockpit is equipped with comfort seats for the driver and front passenger. These assist with maintaining an ergonomic sitting posture and enhance the condition on long journeys. The seats in the cockpit can be rotated toward the doors in order to enable easy entry and exit and can also be rotated 180° to face the rear passengers.
The V-Class achieved the top score of five stars in the Euro NCAP Crash Test 2014. This makes the V-Class one of the ground-breaking vehicles in its class. Its exemplary safety systems are oriented on Mercedes-Benz’s four-level integral safety concept.
Firstly: Safe Driving. The standard features in all three V-Class equipment lines include the ATTENTION ASSIST, the Crosswind Assist, the Headlight Assist and tire pressure monitoring. Other innovative safety features such as the DISTRONIC PLUS distance-keeping cruise control, the LED Intelligent Light System, the Headlight Assist, the Lane Keeping Assist, the Traffic Sign Assist along with the 360° camera can also be added as options.
Secondly: Preventive Protection in the event of danger. Amazing accident prevention technologies are available for the V-Class. PRE-SAFE identifies critical driving situations and takes preemptive measures, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST prevents rear end collisions and brakes the vehicle in the event of an emergency. The Blind Spot Assist and the Lane Keeping Assist can also protect the driver against unexpected dangers.
Thirdly: Optimum Protection in an accident. All three V-Class equipment lines feature airbags and thorax-pelvis sidebags along with windowbags for the driver & front passenger and ensure optimum protection in the event of an accident.
Fourthly: Damage Control after an accident. If a serious collision still occurs, mechanisms such as the automatic engine shutdown & door unlocking, crash-active emergency lighting & activated hazard lights in all three V-Class equipment lines help to prevent any further damage and consequences.