Mercedes-Benz at the 78th International Motor Show in Geneva
Mar 04, 2008
Mercedes-Benz Viano: The name says it all: the Viano X-CLUSIVE special model
  • Exterior exudes dynamism and sporty flair
  • Interior pampers occupants with outstanding comfort
  • Powered by six-cylinder engines
The airy, spacious feel of an MPV coupled with the exclusive appointments of a luxury saloon and the technical and visual attributes of a sports car – the new Viano X-CLUSIVE conjures up this exceptional combination. The name says it all: the Viano special model appeals to all the senses without compromising the Viano's basic values of spaciousness and supreme variability.
The unmistakable look of the Viano X-CLUSIVE is an expression of dynamism and sporty flair. The top-class Viano demonstrates its individuality with a silver-look radiator grille, specially developed front and rear designer bumpers with integral spoilers, designer side skirts, a chromed tailpipe and striking 18-inch light-alloy wheels shod with 245/45 tyres.
The interior of the X-CLUSIVE pampers passengers with an extremely high standard of comfort. Illuminated door sills and soft carpeting welcome the occupants, who are accommodated on six individual seats upholstered in anthracite-coloured leather. As an option, the seats may be specified in exclusive Twin Leather/Alcantara upholstery in a pebble and anthracite finish. As is customary with the Viano, the rear seats can be moved in increments of 25 millimetres, and also rearranged to face each other. Bench seats may be selected as an alternative to the individual seats. The standard-specification multifunction steering wheel, the gearshift lever and sections of the door panelling are likewise trimmed in leather. Elegant trim strips in two different burr-walnut designs add extra emphasis to the feeling of refinement.
The THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system and self-levelling rear air suspension also contribute to the feel-good factor on board the Viano X-CLUSIVE. PARKTRONIC and a headlamp cleaning system are included in the standard specification to assist the driver.
Engine line-up consists exclusively of six-cylinder powerplants
The drive unit and chassis at work in the Viano X-CLUSIVE are likewise the epitome of dynamism and comfort. Exceptionally for a vehicle in the Viano class, the model comes exclusively with six-cylinder engines delivering abundant power. First, there is the highly sophisticated V6 CDI, which musters 150 kW/204 hp from its three-litre displacement, and an impressive peak torque of 440 Nm. The alternative to this is a 3.5-litre V6 petrol powerplant generating 190 kW/258 hp and 340 Nm. This engine distinguishes itself by virtue of its remarkable smoothness and harmonious power delivery, and is the very same unit that has already delighted Mercedes-Benz passenger car customers across nearly the full spectrum of model series. It propels the Viano from stationary to 100 km/h in 9.5 seconds. Power is transferred to the wheels by a five-speed automatic transmission, as it is in the diesel variant. Both powerplants are partnered by the latest emission control systems, allowing them to meet EU4 standards. And making economical use of fuel benefits not only the owner's wallet but, above all, the environment too.
Offering the greatest possible level of safety comes as naturally to the Viano X‑CLUSIVE as to any Viano model. Thorax sidebags for the driver and front passenger complement the front airbags. The fade-resistance brakes are accompanied by the latest-generation ESP® system, including ABS, ASR, Brake Assist (BAS) and electronic brake force distribution (EBD). The scope of the standard equipment has been expanded: in vehicles equipped with a trailer coupling or pre-installation for one, ESP trailer stabilisation is included at no extra cost. This additional function of the Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) counteracts any swaying of the vehicle/trailer outfit with strategic application of the front wheel brakes and reduction of the engine torque.
Special model available now
The Viano X-CLUSIVE is based on the high-class AMBIENTE design and equipment line. It is available in two different lengths - 4.75 m and 4.99 m - and comes exclusively in an elegant metallic paint finish.
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