The DaimlerChrysler product initiative continues: the unveiling of the Mercedes Benz Viano heralds the arrival of a complete MPV range to replace the company's previous V-Class models. Compared to its predecessor, the new model series covers a far broader range of applications. As a result, there is a choice of three vehicle lengths (4,748 mm to 5,223 mm) and two different wheelbases (3,200 mm and 3,400 mm), with four engine models available for the Viano.
Achieving maximum levels of active and passive safety was given top priority during the integral development of the Viano. The new rear-wheel drive, for example, offers enhanced traction for all vehicle loads. The decision to mount the engines longitudinally opened up the possibility of further enhancing passive safety at the front end as early on as the design stage. Viano is equipped as standard with disc brakes all round (front: 300 mm x 28 mm internally ventilated, rear: 296 mm x 10 mm solid). The standard specification of all models also includes the ESP dynamic handling control system, incorporating the ABS Anti-lock Braking System, ASR acceleration skid control, electronic brake force distribution and the hydraulic Brake Assist system.
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