Sports Tourers

Sports Tourers "Vision B" and "Vision R": Mercedes-Benz presents two versions of a new vehicle concept for the first time

The Mercedes-Benz presentation at the Paris Motor Show is dedicated in large measure to the new Sports Tourers: in addition to a European version of the Grand Sports Tourer "Vision R", the new Compact Sports Tourer "Vision B" is also being shown for the first time. The Stuttgart-based car manufacturer is thus showing studies of two distinct variants of this future touring car, thereby underlining the potential of this vehicle concept for a new model family.

The characteristics shared by the Sports Tourers express the first-rate work carried out by their developers in terms of dimensions, design and dynamism. The design lines with their striking front ends emphasise the muscular and active nature of this new car concept. Both show cars are equipped with high-torque CDI diesel engines. In the Grand Sports Tourer "Vision R" a newly developed V6 power unit with an output of 160 kW/ 218 hp ensures effortless performance. 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.

B Class

Mercedes B Class

At the Paris Motor Show the concept cars are sharing the limelight with the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Further new products are the 350-kW/476-hp CLS 55 AMG and a CLK Cabriolet created in collaboration with the Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani.

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 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. In conjunction 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.

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.

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