Mercedes vans – What’s available?
Mercedes-Benz offers several types of vans in the UK, each custom-designed to suit a different range of uses.
Also known as the V-Class in some locales, the Viano is intended to be a multi-purpose van equally able to handle cargo and passenger loads. The Viano can be purchased with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and is available for use with both petrol and diesel fuel. In addition, consumers can select from three different lengths and two wheelbases. Both automatic and manual transmissions are available in the Viano line.
ART Mercedes-Benz Viano
The Viano was redesigned in 2004; the current version of the van features enhanced technology in the interior. In most cases the Viano comes standard with seating for six or seven; however, it is possible to create an 8-seater model by including two 3-seat benches. These are designed to be removed or to fold down as needed to accommodate cargo. With all back seats removed, the extra-long version of the van can carry a payload of more than 900 kg. High-end models of the van feature rear suspension that self-levels for improved trailer towing.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was developed mainly with the business user in mind. Featuring a cargo space in excess of 13 linear feet or four metres, the Sprinter can accommodate up to three square pallets, each 48 inches or 1.22 metres on a side and is capable of hauling up to 3,000 lbs. (1360 kg) at one time.
The National Health Service has adopted the 515 CDI model of the Sprinter as its official standard ambulance for the entire nation despite some concerns about the vehicle’s suspension characteristics, though to be a factor in several rollover accidents. In addition to business use, the Sprinter is also gaining popularity as a campervan, though this requires a specialised conversion.
The Sprinter is available with several choices of engine including both V4 and V6 versions. The range of motors means that various versions of the Sprinter can run on either petrol or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas). Although the vehicle is not yet offered as an electric hybrid, a battery-powered version of the car has been evaluated.
The Vario from Mercedes-Benz, also known as model W670, is a heavy van that has been in production since 1986; it was renamed the Vario approximately ten years later. The basic body style of the Vario makes it appropriate for use as a minibus or mini-coach in a commercial setting. It is also widely used as a transport cargo van.
Mercedes-Benz has tried to keep current with specific consumer demand in these markets by introducing a model that features a wheelchair lift so that disabled access can be provided. The Vario features real-wheel drive and is available as both a panel van and a chassis cab.
Mercedes-Benz remains committed to meeting a variety of business and personal needs in its line of vans available in the UK.