When thinking of a campervan the words ‘luxurious’, ‘plush’ and ‘posh’ usually don’t pop into ones’ head. Campervans are usually better described as ‘adventurous’, ‘flexible’ and ‘sporting’. But Mercedes-Benz managed to pimp a campervan to such a high spec that its interior resembles that of a private jet.
The Sprinter JetVan has everything the rich heart needs and wants. It boosts heated and reclining leather seats with state-of-the-art materials that are adapted from the aviation industry to give that specific jet feeling. The seats are furnished with adjustable leg supports and massage systems.
Becker Automotive, who designed the Sprinter JetVan, also made sure that the passengers are entertained and amused while on the road. The car features a centre-mounted, 40-inch high-definition LCD TV with a 1,300 watt surround sound audio system. Businessmen can manage their affairs seamlessly using the campervan’s video-conferencing facilities, which are powered by a 500-gigabyte computer and 4G wireless connectivity. There are also fold-out tables to place your notebook or to have a snack. And to allow maximum passenger comfort, all function, such as seats, heating and lightning, can be controlled by touchscreens on both sides of the van.
The campervan is offered in six distinctive options of interior floor plan and four kinds of decor. The customers can choose to have their car fitted in white, cream, brown, grey or black leather. There’s also the option to have a Golden Birdseye Maple trim for the extra portion of glamour, a refrigerator to cool the champagne or a hidden toilet for when nature calls.
The Sprinter JetVan is powered by a 3.0-litre BlueTec diesel engine. It is equipped with a Diesel Exhaust Fluid Injection system that reduces nitrogen emissions. According to CEO Howard Becker, this is an important feature as many of their clients want to make an environmental statement with the vehicle.
If the heavy van with all kinds of power-sucking electronics and luxurious gadgets is a real environmental statement, is questionable. But the classy car will definitely make the passengers feel special. The basis for the JetVan is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter which is for £30,000 on the market. The makeover of Becker Automotive, however,sells for £280,000 – as much as a Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Famous actors and celebrities such as Jerry Seinfeld, Denzel Washington, Will Smith and Tiger Woods are already on the waiting list for their own jet-like campervan. To increase the jet-feeling, the company even offers to duplicate the client’s actual private aircraft features.