2011 Mercedes-Benz Viano Avantgarde Edition 125: details, photos and specs

Article by Christian A., on March 6, 2011

The new Mercedes-Benz Viano Avantgarde Edition 125 was recently launched. Daimler describes it as a “blend of MPV, saloon and sports car.” It is available starting this spring in two different lengths: ‘compact’ and ‘long’. The Edition 125 of the Viano Avantgarde combines an attractive appearance with selected equipment and a dynamic drive system.

The Viano Avantgarde Edition 125 comes in obsidian black or brilliant silver metallic colors, and features 19-inch, 16-spoke light-alloy wheels. It has high-gloss chromed exterior mirror housings, side skirts and chrome trim on the front bumper, and chromed rear trim on the tailgate.

The interior of the Viano contains elements that make it stylish. It has sporty, comfortable leather seats (Lugano leather or the “Twin DINAMICA” microfibre surface are available).

It also has a cockpit with a white scale illumination for the instruments, and sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs. The decorative strips have a black or brown burr-walnut appearance. It features four individual seats for the passengers in the rear and these also have the same features as the ones in the front.

The seats have integral three-point seat belts, height-adjustable head restraints and adjustable armrests. When it comes to performance, the Viano Avantgarde Edition 125 is powered by two V6 units that are mated to an automatic transmission.

The first is a V6 CDI 3.0 unit that develops 224 hp and 440 Nm (325 lb.ft.) of torque, enabling the car to go from zero to sixty in 9.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 201 km/h (125 mph). On the other hand, the 285 hp V6 3.5 petrol engine has an acceleration time of 10.4 seconds and top speed of 217 km/h (135 mph).

The Viano Trend and Ambiente (optional for Viano Fun) have a core, well-designed ambient lighting system. The footwell holds six light sources to brighten the Mercedes-Benz Viano’s floor, which dims when the car is moving. The rear’s handle recesses have additional interior lights installed. Fibre-optic cables are also part of the ambient lighting. These subtly light the recesses during motion and integrate with the footwell lights to create an elegant and comfortable atmosphere. Familiar interior lights are also combined in the recesses, with individually operated reading lights. The latter has a chrome ring that adds an elegance to the contemporary transparent-glass appearance.

Viano's interior stylists paid special attention to every single detail, such as in minor touches like the sliding door’s inside handle that is repositioned to be more accessible, reducing the effort required to open the door. The rear seat rails are fitted with rubber lips to not only add a more sophisticated look, but also for easier seat installation and removal.

Redefined packages and lines

Mercedes-Benz also redefined certain signature lines and equipment packages. The Viano Ambiente had always featured a broad equipment range, but now adds such features as standard Bi-Xenon headlights along with cornering lights, LED day lights, headlight washing system, and 71x17 light-alloy wheels.

Press Release

Big on class in every respect: The new Mercedes-Benz Viano Avantgarde Edition 125

Dynamism, comfort and sportiness – the new Mercedes-Benz Viano Avantgarde Edition 125 embodies these three terms like no other large-capacity vehicle. It combines an unmistakeable exterior look with selected equipment and appointments and a dynamic drive system, making it the top model in its class. The Edition 125 of the Viano Avantgarde represents the perfect blend of MPV, saloon and sports car.

With its extrovert appearance the avant-garde vehicle in its class

The look of the Viano Avantgarde’s Edition 125 is certainly nothing for wallflowers; it symbolises the avant-garde in its class. It is shod in exquisite 16-spoke high-sheen 8J x 19 light-alloy wheels, whilst the high-gloss chromed exterior mirror housings plus side skirts and chrome trim on the front bumper and chromed rear trim on the tailgate highlight the special styling. The model is available in the metallic paintwork variants obsidian black or brilliant silver.

Selected equipment and appointments, sporty ambience

The stylish look continues in the interior: the driver and front passenger will feel at home on seats that are as comfortable as they are sporty, featuring the finest leather cover with a piping design, plus increased lateral support. Customers can choose from “Lugano” leather or the new exclusive “Twin DINAMICA” microfibre surface. The cockpit is equally impressive, with its white scale illumination for the instruments, and sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs. The decorative strips have a black or brown burr-walnut look. There are four individual seats for the passengers in the rear and these also feature leather covers with a piping design, and are both stylish and comfortable. These seats, too, boast special padding with increased lateral support. The inserts in the side trim panels are also in leather, whilst the decorative strips sport a burr-walnut look. The individual seats mounted on rails can be moved in 25-mm steps and include integral three-point seat belts, height-adjustable head restraints and adjustable armrests.

Dynamic V6 engines, specially tuned sports suspension

The dynamic drive system featuring V6 engines from Mercedes-Benz is the perfect match for the Viano Avantgarde Edition 125’s sporty appearance. The units are unique in this vehicle class: the V6 CDI 3.0 with an output of 165 kW (224 hp) and its extraordinary traction of 440 Nm combines power with consideration for the environment. BlueEFFICIENCY technology reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to a surprisingly low level, with fuel consumption in accordance with the NEDC amounting to a mere 8.5-8.6 l/100 km – a very respectable figure in view of the vehicle size and performance. The V6 petrol engine which is available as an alternative has a displacement of 3.5 l and achieves 190 kW (258 hp), blending its torquey temperament with extremely smooth running characteristics.

Performance reaches a unique level in both variants. The V6 CDI 3.0 accelerates to 100 km/h in only 9.1 s and achieves a top speed of 201 km/h. For the V6 3.5 the figures are 10.4 s and 217 km/h.
Power transmission to the rear axle is via an automatic transmission. The Viano was already characterised by its high degree of handling safety and comfortable suspension, and it has now been particularly sportily tuned especially for the Edition 125 of its Avantgarde model, meeting the most discerning of standards when it comes to driving dynamics.

The Edition 125 of the Mercedes-Benz Viano Avantgarde is available from the spring in two different lengths: “compact” and “long”.

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