|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 style||5-door Van|
|Layout||FR Layout F4 Layout|
|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|
|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 (4,500–4,710 lb)|
The Mercedes-Benz Viano (sold as the V-Class in some markets) 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.
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. 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 cargowith a payload of 930 kg. 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.
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).
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.
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 and force limiter and an adjustable head restraint.
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.
2006: The Viano was a support vehicle in the Dakar Rally for the Mercedes-Benz Service and Kwikpower team
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.
This edition was only available in European markets from 2008 to 2010 with either a petrol or diesel V6 engine. It was available in either Brilliant Silver or Obsidian Black metallic paint, and fearured 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.
In 2011 Mercedes celebrated its 125th anniversary and the Viano Avantgarde Edition 125 was offered. It came with V6 petrol or V6 diesel engine, sports suspension, 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, chromed exterior mirrors, black or silver metallic paintwork, six individual leather seats, wood trim and stainless steel pedals.