Brabus turns the Mercedes-Benz Viano into ‘iBusiness 3D’

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 16, 2011

Aftermarket developer Brabus has shown us last year how it can transform the Mercedes-Benz S-Class into a mobile office by fitting it with numerous Apple products but this time, even the interior space has been invaded by these tech goodies. Brabus put in the same type of features in a Mercedes Viano.

Featured on the Passenger van are the most advanced 3D entertainment technology and Apple gadgets such as an iPhone, iPod, MacMini and iPad, which control the equipment. It has also been fitted with a Playstation 3 and a Sony Bravia LED TV that uses a DVBT receiver, which is perfect for playing 3D games on.

The MacMini connects to the Internet, using UMTS and HSDPA, featuring WIFI connectivity. The van also has two electrically-powered luxury chairs, which are finished in Bordeaux Red and Grey leather. For further comfort, these chairs can recline into a sleeping position.

Similar to what Brabus typically does for the other vehicles it works on, the Viano was fitted with several exterior modifications as well as with certain powerplant developments.

Consumers can choose from the various power upgrades available for multiple petrol and diesel engines in the Viano range. The V8 petrol engine, the range-topping unit, can deliver 426 hp and 621 Nm (458 lb-ft). It can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

The Mercedes-Benz Viano leads in its division, being labeled as the new standard for vehicles with big capacities. The new engines and transmissions lessen emissions and fuel use as they improve performance. The new chassis delivers optimal ride comfort as well as driving safety. The passenger area and cockpit are easy to use and are more attractive than ever. It is easy to recognize the Mercedes-Benz Viano with its Mercedes star styled like the present passenger cars plus a redesigned rear.

Mercedes-Benz Viano has a new “face”, which looks more eye-catching and distinctive, to keep up with the style of the present passenger cars of the company. It has three silver-painted slats with chrome trims that set the radiator grille apart. This is at the front of the sporty black grille with a diamond pattern. New uniquely designed reflector headlamps counterbalance the radiator grille. The reflector was made large enough to provide more light.

The Viano comes standard with daytime driving lights incorporated with their own source of light in the headlamp housings alongside fog lamps. The Mercedes-Benz Viano includes Bi-xenon headlamps and as an option, can include LED daytime driving lights, an Add-Light system, headlamp washer system and cornering lights. The cornering light can be controlled by means of the indicator lever and works up to a 40 km/h speed.

The Add-Light system works up to 70 km/h speed, depending on the steering angle. The wide-ranging Viano Ambiente equipment line comes standard with Bi-xenon headlamps. The bumper of the Mercedes-Benz Viano has a new, improved honeycomb design. Its smooth, ungrained surface is painted with the same exterior color on all Viano models. This is also applied to the 3-piece rear bumper that extends lower to give emphasis to the dynamism of the Viano.

The tail lights are located on both sides above the bumper. Each light comes with a glass looking black cover that frame the rear end of the Viano. The new 4-compartment light with tail lamp/brake light, indicator, rear fog lamp and reversing lamp has the advantage of improving visibility for the indicator that results from using a new reflector. This enhancement plus a specially-designed front bumper clearly makes a distinction between the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Viano and the Vito, whose tail lights remain the same.

There are also many changes aside from the headlamps and taillights of the Mercedes-Benz Viano. The new fully galvanized steel wings come with highly accurate dimensions to ensure exact gap proportions. For more safety, newly designed exterior mirrors that include side turn signals provide clearer, larger vision.

As an option, the exterior mirrors can fold in towards the body when the car is parked and locked, to prevent possible damage during tight parking situations. Also, different colors add to the revamped look, as the fresh new paint finishes complement the changes made to the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Viano.

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