Italdesign made for the Chinese a luxury version of the Mercedes V-ClassDecember 20, 2018
China is the world’s leading consumer of luxury goods, including automobiles. Not surprisingly, it is here that these minibuses are born on the basis of minibuses.
The Italian bodybuilding studio Italdesign, which is part of the Volkswagen concern, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and has already managed to cancel it by participating in the Nissan project – the construction of a limited edition GT-R50 supercar. Today, the Italians announced another interesting project, which was ordered by the Chinese company Xingchi Automobile, which specializes in building VIP-shuttles based on Mercedes-Benz and VW minibuses. The basis of the luxurious monocab, known as the Vulcanus, is the extended Chinese version of the V-class Mercedes with the V 260 L index – it is equipped with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 211 hp. and 7-speed automatic. The Italians did not touch the technique – this is not their profile, but on the body they conjured thorough.
Outside, the Vulcanus differs from the original Mercedes with completely new bumpers (front ones with triangular LED running lights), extra chrome on the false radiator grille, high roof with a spoiler around the stern, original moldings and color painting on the sides.
There are much more changes in the interior: the passenger section is fenced off from the driver’s and front passenger’s side by a wall with viewing windows. Chairs for the two main passengers are installed in the direction of travel in the rear of the cabin, and opposite them there are two additional folding flat seats for guests. The chair of the owner and his fellow traveler are surrounded by a wide wooden window sill and three tablets, the heads of the unlimited multimedia capabilities of Vulcanus. There are folding tables along the sides, and three more screens, including a central, translucent, installed along the cabin and serving as a folding screen, are mounted in the front multifunctional cabinet, where the second row seats are removed. In the decoration, of course, the most exquisite materials are used: the finest leather and natural wood of valuable species. The microclimate system and the audio system for the passenger part of the cabin are completely unique.
How much Vulcanus will cost, the developers didn’t elaborate, but this, in fact, is not so important: the fact that a famous Italian studio had a hand in a luxury bus should induce Chinese moneybags to make an order as soon as possible, without looking at the price tag.
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