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  Mercedes-Benz Vision Grand Sports Tourer

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:2004
Introduced at:2004 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFirst unveiled by Mercedes-Benz in 2002, the Grand Sports Tourer idea combines the best features of familiar vehicle concepts such as the touring saloon, van, estate and Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) to create a new and unique entity. This Mercedes concept thus offers comfort, space and practicality as well as meeting extremely high standards in terms of performance and driving dynamics. It also provides outstanding long-distance comfort. In other words, it is an all-new interpretation of the 'touring car'.

The new Mercedes-Benz show car is concrete proof that the Grand Sports Tourer has evolved from a design study and is ready to be phased into series production. It features a host of exciting details that are sure to arouse great interest. One of the main features that contributes to the dynamic appearance is the arc-shaped contour of the roof line which forms a powerfully smooth link between the A-pillar and C-pillar, thus projecting the desired 'coupé-like' image. These lines lend the concept car a sporty elegance that belies its impressive size. Other prominent characteristics of the Grand Sports Tourer, such as assurance and high performance, are highlighted by the design of the radiator grille with its wide aluminium louvres as well as the powerful contours of the bonnet and the prominent bumper. The pronounced wedge shape of the front end adds further emphasis to this design language.

A large panoramic glass roof stretches practically the entire distance between the windscreen and the rear end, bathing the interior in light. Up to six occupants can enjoy the relaxing ride in the luxurious individual seats. In terms of interior space, meanwhile, the distance of 920 mm between the first and second seat rows makes for first-class travel comfort. The centre consoles between the individual rear seats feature extra stowage compartments as well as large drinks holders for cups or bottles. Furthermore, separate DVD/CD players for the second and third seat rows, complete with headphones, allow the rear passengers to enjoy their own chosen brand of entertainment. The colour displays are built into the rear of the front head restraints and the rear centre console.

A powerful diesel/electric hybrid drive system is further proof of the innovation at the heart of the Vision Grand Sports Tourer concept. In models such as the Grand Sports Tourer, the electric motor is set to become an indispensable companion to the diesel engine, since it helps to further reduce fuel consumption and emissions without compromising on agility, comfort and driving enjoyment. This powerful hybrid consists of the state-of-the-art V8 diesel engine with 250 hp from the S-Class and an electric motor (50 kW). As a result, the vehicle has 234 kW of total power and 860 Nm of torque available - top performance levels for this drive technology, which guarantees dynamic driving enjoyment. The Vision Grand Sports Tourer, for example, has the acceleration of a sports car - it can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.6 seconds. The car's top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

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