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by Brett Davis

Mercedes-Benz has released the next generation Viano, and it incorporates the company’s latest BlueEFFICIENCY technology, as standard.

The new generation houses a revised interior trim which is said to be both more attractive and more comfortable that its predecessor. The interior lighting has also been revamped for improved ambiance, comprising of LED reading lights and a series of fibre optic units that can all be dimmed accordingly.

There’s also new control buttons on the dash and a new four-spoke steering wheel that includes various control buttons. The sound-deadening materials used in the new Viano are also said to have improved interior quietness dramatically.

In all versions, the Viano meets EU 5 emission standards. CO2 emissions and fuel consumption could also be reduced by up to 15 percent compared with the previous model due to the introduction of BlueEFFICIENCY technology. The BlueEFFICIENY system incorporates a start/stop system and optimised low-resistance tyres.

There’s a new six-speed transmission underneath, standard with all four-cylinder diesel engines. The transmission also helps to reduce emissions and fuel consumption because it uses a broader gear ratio which is good for both low speed traction and higher speed/lower rpm cruising.

Depending on the model, the new Viano is available with a range of engine packages, from a 100kW four-cylinder to a 190kW six.

Outside the car, minor styling revisions have been made also. It has a new headlight design and the rear of the car has been given a complete makeover.




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