Mercedes-Benz - Vision B
Sports Tourer: an innovative vehicle concept in two versions
Stuttgart – The innovative Sports Tourer concept developed by Mercedes-Benz is becoming more and more versatile. At the Paris Motor Show the Stuttgart brand is presenting a study for this future-oriented touring car in two variants for the first time: the European version of the "Vision R" Grand Sports Tourer is now joined by the new "Vision B" Compact Sports Tourer. Mercedes-Benz is thereby underlining the potential of this vehicle concept for a new model family.
Design, dynamism, dimensions – these are the shared hallmarks of the Sports Tourers which make them individual and distinctive. The design lines with their striking front ends emphasise the muscular and active nature of the Sports Tourers, which are equipped with high-torque CDI diesel engines. In the Grand Sports Tourer "Vision R" a newly developed V6 power unit ensures effortless performance. It has an output of 160 kW/ 218 hp and already generates a maximum torque of 510 Newton metres from 1800 rpm. Generous seating space, exemplary comfort and a high level of practicality are other attributes shared by the Mercedes-Benz Sports Tourers, providing first-class conditions for relaxed and enjoyable touring.
The idea of the Sports Tourer, which Mercedes-Benz first presented in 2002, combines the advantages of familiar vehicle concepts such as a sporty saloon, estate, van and "Sport Utility Vehicle" (SUV) to create a new category in its own right. Accordingly the show cars impress with their size, comfort and practicality while meeting the highest expectations in terms of performance and dynamic handling.
The Sports Tourers are the Mercedes-Benz answer to the wishes of forward-thinking people for an automobile with an exciting design and a striking character which is equally suitable for family, recreational and professional use. Both concept vehicles provide this versatility.
Grand Sports Tourer "Vision R": 4+2-seater with luxury appointments
The Grand Sports Tourer "Vision R", which Mercedes-Benz is presenting in its European version with a wheelbase of 2980 millimetres in Paris, is designed as a 4+2-seater. The passengers have the benefit of comfortable, single seats and a level of spaciousness which exceeds that of many a luxury saloon. Tasteful appointments with fine leather and decorative trim of ash-wood and aluminium contribute to the feel-good atmosphere in the spacious interior.
Thanks to four-wheel drive, air suspension and the powerful new V6 diesel engine, the large Sports Tourer has everything needed for dynamic driving pleasure. Equipped with the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission, the 160-kW/218-hp six-cylinder powerplant consumes less than nine litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. The exhaust emissions meet the EU-4 standards, and the additive-free particulate filter system developed by Mercedes-Benz also reduces soot emissions.
Compact Sports Tourer "Vision B": Intelligent concept for space and comfort
Thanks to its intelligent concept, the Compact Sports Tourer "Vision B" is likewise in a class of its own. Arranging the engine and transmission partly in front of and partly beneath the passenger cell - according to the sandwich principle – gives this all-new touring car the interior spaciousness of larger saloons and estates despite its compact external dimensions.
The compact Sports Tourer is powered by a new four-cylinder diesel engine with an output of 103 kW/140 hp and a highly respectable torque of 300 Newton metres. Other equally impressive attributes are a fuel consumption of less than six litres per 100 kilometres and exhaust emissions at EU-4 levels. A diesel particulate filter is also included.
Paintwork: world premiere of an innovative high-gloss paint
In line with the special nature of the Sports Tourer show cars, Mercedes-Benz is using a new type of exterior paint with a high-gloss finish for the first time. This surrounds the vehicle body like a metallic skin and emphasises its design lines even more strongly. This extremely shiny, high-luminance finish is the result of a newly developed and highly sophisticated process which the Stuttgart brand intends to develop to series production maturity.
One idea – two cars
· Joint appearance by Grand Sports Tourer and Compact Sports Tourer
· Outstanding in design, dynamism and dimensions
The new sports tourer concept developed by Mercedes-Benz combines attributes what was previously regarded as irreconcilable at this level of perfection. In terms of dimensions, design and dynamism it adapts the attributes of familiar vehicle categories such as the sporty saloon, estate, van and "Sport Utility Vehicle" (SUV), and combines them into a new, distinctive profile. The result is a multifunctional automobile which meets the requirements of the modern motorist, a new interpretation of the touring car which is just as versatile, flexible and sophisticated as its owner. A car with many talents: generous space for both family and recreation, the presence of a luxury car, the comfort of a touring car and the dynamism of a sporty saloon.
In other words the Vision offers a completely new motoring experience with the image of the Mercedes-Benz brand, reinforcing the exciting aura of the Sports Tourer with an aesthetically appealing shape and technical perfection.
In 2002 Mercedes-Benz presented this car idea to the public for the first time, thereby setting the scene for a new, future-oriented market segment. The Sports Tourer has meanwhile progressed from a vision to reality -- and is now attracting attention on two counts: at the Paris Motor Show Mercedes-Benz is presenting both the Grand Sports Tourer "Vision R" and – for the first time – the Compact Sports Tourer "Vision B", which projects this new automobile concept into a different vehicle class -- and into a further Mercedes model series for the future.
The guiding theme linking both design studies is ‘Travelling and Experiencing’. The Sports Tourers reflect an attitude to life which young and young-at-heart people also like to express in their choice of car. Packing a suitcase on the spur of the moment and taking off for the countryside with friends or acquaintances, and already enjoying the journey as a shared experience.
This awakens a demand for automobiles that make this feeling of "togetherness" possible, but are also capable of meeting a wide range of other requirements – for business, shopping and on the motorway. The Sports Tourers are the Mercedes-Benz answer to these customer wishes. Whether as the large "Vision R" or the compact "Vision B" version, both cars not only offer a unique experience factor, but also open up new perspectives in relaxed and safe car travel.
Dimensions: a new size concept for comfort and space
First-class comfort on wheels -- the Grand Sports Tourer "Vision R" honours this promise with every kilometre. Up to six passengers can be comfortably accommodated on single seats to enjoy the journey. An entertainment system with flat-screen monitors on the reverse sides of the two front head restraints ensures that the time passes interestingly and quickly on long journeys.
The outstanding sense of spaciousness on board the larger Sports Tourer is also helped by the original, avant-garde vehicle concept. With a length of 4922 millimetres, the body is akin to a luxury saloon in size but is considerably more spacious in the interior.
Depending on need, the single seats in both rear rows can be individually folded down and the rear centre console quickly and easily removed. This means that the luggage capacity can be variably adapted to suit different transport tasks – with no problem in taking along a mountain bike, skis, a snowboard or other recreational equipment.
The Compact Sports Tourer "Vision B" transfers this travelling experience into a different vehicle class, with an equally impressive use of space. While the external dimensions of this design study correspond to those of a modern compact car, with a length of 4270 mm and a width of 1778 mm, the interior has a level of spaciousness which even larger saloons or estates are unable to match. The patented sandwich concept makes this possible: thanks to the space-saving arrangement of the drive unit partly in front of and partly beneath the passenger cell, almost 70 percent of the body length is available for the occupants and their luggage – the outstanding result of an intelligent dimensional concept which provides the best possible conditions for a high level of long-distance comfort.
Design contours for an impressive appearance
The two Sports Tourers demonstrate their membership of a new Mercedes model family by a shared design language. The front end of both show cars is characterised by a radiator grille with three horizontal vanes and the integral Mercedes star. Long, horizontal trim sections with high-quality chrome inserts give the front end a wide and particularly muscular appearance. The design unmistakably conveys attributes such as power, assurance and performance – qualities which both Sports Tourers certainly exhibit. The discreet yet unmistakable wedge-shape of the front end and the large air intakes in the front bumper trim accentuate this impression.
The headlamps are equally expressive. The "eyes" of this new Mercedes face are located well to the outside, emphasising the impression of breadth. The design and formal integration of the headlamps are in line with the distinctive character of both design studies: large, ellipsoid headlamps punctuate the front aspect of the Grand Sports Tourer "Vision R"; they are slightly inclined to the rear and harmoniously blend into the lines of the bonnet and wings.
The bonnet contours are also a styling feature common to both Sports Tourers. It rises from the wings in a slightly convex shape and thereby accentuates the muscular presence of the front end. Sharply defined lines delimit the bonnet surface to produce an interesting light-and-shade effect, then connect with the A-pillars in a dynamic curve to continue to the rear end as a flowing line.
ALU-BEAM paintwork with a high-gloss effect
More than ever before, Mercedes designers have also used the body surface as a design feature in these show cars. The innovative ALU-BEAM paint surrounds the bodywork like a metallic skin, emphasising the design lines of the Sports Tourers more strongly than any other paint finish and enlivening it with designed-in light reflections. The special high-gloss finish and intense colour are the result of a newly developed process which Mercedes-Benz is the first manufacturer worldwide to employ.
In the Sports Tourer show cars this innovative paint is shown in "sterling" (Grand Sports Tourer "Vision R") and "steel" (Compact Sports Tourer "Vision B"). Mercedes-Benz intends to develop this innovative paint technology to series production maturity together with a well-known paint manufacturer.
First-class atmosphere in the interior
An enjoyable driving experience – this claim for the Sports Tourers is particularly well met by the design of the interior. A harmonious composition of forms, colours and materials enhances the time spent on board these modern touring cars, creating a definite feel-good atmosphere in conjunction with the generous interior dimensions.
The muscular styling language of the body design, which is mainly based on the interesting contrast between convex and concave surfaces, is continued in the interior of the Grand Sports Tourer "Vision R". The dashboard, door panels and tunnel trim reflect the performance potential of the car with striking, muscle-like surface contours. While the upper section of the dashboard, the soft arm supports on the doors and the seat surfaces are in a pleasant "mohair beige" colour shade, the remaining features in the interior create an interesting contrast with a lighter variation of this colour. Trim strips and panels in open-pored "olive ash" wood underline the stylish elegance of the interior.
The cockpit represents both high-tech and heritage: large dial instruments with aluminium faces project from circular aluminium cylinders which are inclined slightly inwards and awaken memories of the racing sports cars of bygone years. Nonetheless they feature the latest information and display technology to give the driver all the information required – from the ambient temperature to directions from the navigation system. The attractively formed centre console accommodates the COMAND unit, air conditioning controls and other functions.
In keeping with the car’s more youthful, sporty character, the dashboard, seats and inner door panels of the Compact Sports Tourer "Vision B" are lined with a new, high-tech fabric material whose airy lightness creates associations with the textiles used in high-quality sportswear. The ventilation vents above the centre console, the operating console of the COMAND unit and automatic climate control unit, as well as the fascia of the instrument cluster, are in polished aluminium whose high-gloss finish creates a visual link with the ALU-BEAM paintwork of the body. As in the "Vision R", other trim parts are in open-pored "olive ash" wood.
Dynamism: new CDI-engines for top-class diesel driving pleasure
The elegant body styling of these design studies conceals the stout heart of a long-distance runner: diesel engines with a torque of up to 510 Newton metres, a fuel consumption of only approx. six to nine litres per 100 kilometres and exhaust emissions complying with the relevant EU-4 standards.
In the Grand Sports Tourer "Vision R" Mercedes-Benz is presenting a prototype for a new V6 diesel engine which is ideal for a car in this category. With the help of common-rail direct injection and a variable turbocharger, this CDI unit develops 160 kW/218 hp from a displacement of three litres and already makes a maximum torque of 510 Newton metres available from 1800 rpm. The effortless power developed by this six-cylinder unit is accompanied by silky-smooth running and a fuel consumption of less than nine litres per 100 kilometres.
The latest diesel technology also ensures a dynamic driving experience in the Compact Sports Tourer "Vision B". The newly developed four-cylinder diesel engine has an output of 103 kW/140 hp, and already makes brisk intermediate sprints possible from 1600 rpm thanks to a torque of 300 Newton metres. Its fuel amounts to less than six litres per 100 kilometres.