Crosswind Assist for Mercedes-Benz custom made motor homes
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with Hymer ML-T motor home body|
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1st January, 2015
- First standard-fit Crosswind Assist for motor home with custom-built body
- Close cooperation with German camper manufacturer Hymer
- Extensive range of innovative driver assistance systems
- Huge choice of base models, wheelbase lengths and drives
In 2013, the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter achieved a new dimension of safety technology in the van segment with its
innovative driver assistance systems. The mobile home market benefits from this, too. Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot
Assist, Highbeam Assist, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST and Crosswind Assist have long been available in camper van
conversions based on the Sprinter panel van.
Mercedes-Benz is now expanding the application of these assistance systems, successively making them available also
for purpose-built motor home bodies based on the new van. German recreational vehicle specialist Hymer is the first
manufacturer to offer the semi-integrated Hymer ML-T in Europe from January 2015 with Crosswind Assist as standard.
According to the German industry association Caravaning Industrie Verband e.V. (CIVD), semi-integrated 'campers' hold
the number one spot among recreational vehicles with custom-built bodies, with a market share in Germany of 36.4 per
cent. The industry term “semi-integrated” refers to a construction whereby a slender plastic shroud connects the original
cab of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with the camper body, incorporating the cockpit into the living space.
Mercedes-Benz and Hymer
Mercedes-Benz and Hymer have worked together successfully for more than 40 years. The very first "Hymermobile" was
built in 1971, based on a Mercedes-Benz chassis. The brand's top models are traditionally based on Mercedes-Benz
Crosswind Assist for motorhomes with a purpose-built body
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Campers are inherently more susceptible to crosswinds than passenger cars, as the side walls present a larger surface
to the wind. To improve safety and comfort even further, the Crosswind Assist system included as standard in the Sprinter
is now also available for the first time for a motor home with a purpose-built body - the Hymer ML-T. Crosswind Assist is
activated automatically from a speed of 80 km/h and uses the sensors of the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP). The
system detects the forces acting on the vehicle owing to crosswind gusts, and applies specific brake pressure to
individual wheels. This braking action counters the effect of the crosswind, considerably easing the driver's workload.
Owing to the numerous length, height and weight variants of the Sprinter, Cross-wind Assist is individually configured
for each model variant, including certain campers.
Further assistance systems of the Sprinter are available as options for the Hymer ML-T – Lane Keeping Assist, Highbeam
Assist and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST. For motor homes with a purpose-built body – alcove vans, semi-integrated and
integrated camper vans with dedicated bodies – availability depends on the type of body. Development engineers at
Mercedes-Benz Vans are working on solutions for transferring the sensors and camera technology to the different bodies.
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For the Sprinter, safety also means predictable handling, precise steering and disc brakes all-round. The
new-generation ADAPTIVE ESP® has numerous sub-functions.
Wide range covers numerous customer requirements
As a panel van in four length variants, the Sprinter is ideally suited for campers with comfortable interior
furnishings. Chassis for motor home bodies are available in three wheelbases. Permissible gross vehicle weights of up to
5.0 tonne cover a wide range of applications. The towing capacity is also impressive, at a maximum of 3.5 tonnes.
In addition, Mercedes-Benz offers the Sprinter in numerous suspension configurations ex-factory. These are adapted to
suit purpose-built bodies and conversions. An air-sprung rear suspension is also available as a comfort feature
specifically for campers.
Just like the chassis, the drive system is also tailored to requirements. Highly efficient diesel engines with four
and six cylinders cover an output range from 70 kW (95 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp). Superior power delivery and exceptional
refinement are assured by the most powerful engine, a V6, which is unique in this segment. The Sprinter is not only safe
and powerful, it is also clean: All the engines are already available with BlueTEC technology, compliant with the
forthcoming Euro 6 emissions standard, which is already the case for the V6. As an alternative to the six-speed manual
transmission, power is transferred by the seven-speed automatic transmission with torque converter – a comfort highly
appreciated by many holiday making motorists.
Rear-wheel drive gives full-size motor homes high traction even in unfavourable conditions. For more demanding
applications, off the beaten track, too, Mercedes-Benz also offers all-wheel drive ex-factory.
Close cooperation with camper van manufacturers
Mercedes-Benz works closely with bodybuilders and converters, ensuring the highest quality throughout the supply
chain. Around 40 company specialists advise bodybuilders about their choice of suitable base vehicle and modification
options. Mercedes-Benz also provide the bodybuilders with body procedures and CAD data for their development work.
Specificatins are subject to change without notice.