- The Hymer ML-T based on the Sprinter – the brand’s flagship model
- The first Hymermobile of 1971 was already based on a Mercedes-Benz
- Safety has always been the central focus for both brands
For 43 years, premium camper manufacturer Hymer has placed its confidence in Mercedes-Benz chassis for its top models. The two brands fit together perfectly, as they respectively occupy the leading positions when it comes to product quality, safety and comfort. With its extensive technology and equipment package, the current Hymer ML-T series once again leads the field: With the efficient and particularly eco-friendly Euro 6 diesel engines, the modern 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, optional all-wheel drive and numerous driver assistance systems from the Mercedes-Benz passenger car line-up, the Hymer ML-T offers a high level of safety and comfort
The Hymer ML-T based on the Sprinter – the brand’s flagship model
Newly presented early this year, the Hymer ML-T is one of the top “semi-integrated” camper van models. This is the term used for a construction principle where a slim plastic shroud connects the original cab of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter to the camper body and the cockpit becomes part of the living area. Semi-integrated motorhomes are the best-selling recreational vehicles with purpose-built bodies in Germany and Europe. According to the trade association Caravaning Industrie Verban e.V. (CIVD), they accounted for 36.4 percent of camper production in Germany last year.
The almost seven-metre long motorhome is based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 BlueTEC with an output of 95 kW (129 hp). Alternatively, this model is also available as the Sprinter 316 BlueTEC with 120 kW (163 hp) and the Sprinter 319 BlueTEC with 141 kW/190 hp. The latter is the only one in its class to feature a V6 turbodiesel. All variants already comply with the forthcoming Euro 6 emissions standard and are therefore particularly eco-friendly.
As an alternative to the version with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 3.5 t for the Class B Euro driving licence, the motorhome is also available with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 3.88 or 4.05 t.
The ML-T offers unrivalled comfort with the optional 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. And with the likewise optional, selectable all-wheel drive, it delivers top performance even in the most unfavourable road conditions. Lightweight yet safe construction is a typical feature of the Hymer ML-T’s camper body. At only 2.22 m wide, the Sprinter’s slim body and tight turning circle make for easy handling. Inside, the ML-T impresses with its modern layout: It is available with either a spacious double bed or two single beds in the rear. The bathroom has an integrated shower cubicle and the compact kitchenette is functionally equipped. The seating group consists of an optional L-shaped bench seat and the rotated front seats. The ML-T is primarily designed as a very comfortable motorhome for two persons. An overnight guest can be accommodated on the optional additional bed in the seating group.
The concept of the Hymer ML-T, with its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis and Hymer body, is so successful that the model series is due to be expanded: The Hymermobile ML-I integrated motorhome will celebrate its premiere in the spring of next year.
The first Hymermobile of 1971 was already based on a Mercedes-Benz
Integrated motorhomes – i.e. vehicles with a completely standalone body that incorporates the cockpit – have been a core competence of the Hymer brand for decades. Current examples are the Hymermobile Starline and Hymermobile Starline S, first-class luxury motor homes measuring almost eight metres long.
1971 saw the birth of the legendary Hymermobile, based on the chassis of the large-capacity Mercedes-Benz L 508 D van. Further models based on Mercedes-Benz chassis soon followed. Camper pioneer Erwin Hymer was well ahead of his time: In 1971, just 701 campers were registered in Germany. In 2014, the figure is expected to exceed 24,000 for the first time.
In 1974, Hymer took the plunge and produced his first fully integrated motorhome, with the cab completely integrated into the living area and the front end with its own, distinctive design. This blazed the trail for the integrated motorhomes of today.
Milestones in camper history: Hymermobile 900, Hymermobile S-Class
The model range was expanded in the years that followed. Campers based on Mercedes-Benz vehicles have always been the top models. This applied particularly to the Hymermobile 900 from 1978, a legendary and superlative motorhome based on the Mercedes-Benz LP 813 chassis. Just one year later, Hymer presented yet another milestone with the Hymermobile S-Class. This new model fully justified its ambitious name: a GRP roof, attractive bodywork, appealing interior and the new Pual technology with foam-filled walls – the Hymermobile S-Class was a top-class motorhome at an affordable price. It was in 1986 that a prototype first appeared with the brand’s typical radiator grille featuring embossed “HYMER” lettering – the Hymermobile 880 based on a Mercedes-Benz. One year later, Hymer adopted many design features of this model for the new-generation Hymermobile S-Class. In this and subsequent generations, it is not only associated with Mercedes-Benz through its name, but also through its chassis.
In the spring of 1995, the newly launched Mercedes-Benz Sprinter provided the welcome basis for the next Hymermobile S-Class. This surprised the industry with its ultra-modern contours and, for the first time, a bonded GRP roof. With disc brakes all-round, ABS as standard and many other safety features, the Hymermobile S-Class became the benchmark thanks to the Sprinter. The same applies to subsequent generations of this classic among premium motorhomes. A new generation of the Sprinter is always the basis for newly developed campers from Hymer
Positioned below the Hymermobile S-Class, the Hymermobile B-Starline offered sophisticated luxury-class technology in the medium class from the mid-1990s. This founded a tradition which continues to this day with the Hymermobile StarLine, launched by Hymer in the summer of 2011.
Safety has always been the central focus for both brands
Safety has been of primary importance for both Mercedes-Benz and Hymer during their many years of cooperation. The Pual wall technology developed in the late 1970s not only insulates very well, but is also extremely strong. In 1981, the Hymermobile was the first integrated motorhome to pass the test for belt anchor points. In the 1980s, Hymer was the first and only camper van manufacturer to introduce the GS seal of quality for tested safety.
In 1993, three-point seat belts and head restraints were introduced into the living area, too. In subsequent years Hymer advanced safety development for campers with multiple crash tests. In 2007, the Hymermobile S-Class became the first integrated motorhome to receive Mercedes-Benz approval for front airbags – and Hymer immediately included them as standard.
Since summer 2012, all the brand’s campers have included a safety package as standard, consisting of airbags for the driver and front passenger plus the Electronic Stability System ESP®. This once again gives Hymer a pioneering role in the industry.
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