With the Tourrider, Mercedes-Benz is living the American dream. Specially developed for the North American market, the coach sets new benchmarks.
Made for North America: the Mercedes-Benz Tourrider.
Let us take you on a trip to North America. Get to know the Tourrider there – the first coach specially developed for the USA and Canada by Mercedes-Benz. Based on decades-long experience in bus and coach construction, the new Tourrider was developed and constructed from scratch in close collaboration with North American bus companies. Find out more.
The new Tourrider coach is precisely tailored to the needs of the North American market. In this three-axle high-decker, coach operators will find a highly flexible and economic vehicle, perfectly suited for any deployment scenario. At the same time, the Tourrider embodies all the virtues of a Mercedes-Benz. Built to high quality standards at one of the most modern production sites in Europe, the Tourrider impresses with its high quality of manufacture – with stainless-steel fittings, ultra-modern assistance and safety systems and the highest level of comfort for driver and passengers. Above and beyond this, the iconic Mercedes-Benz design makes the Tourrider a star on the roads of North America.
The range: one high-decker, two variants.
The Mercedes-Benz US coach comes in two variants: a “Business” and a “Premium” line. The Tourrider Business is the economic coach for sophisticated demands – perfectly suited as a shuttle, or for long-distance and intercity transport. As a luxury coach, the Tourrider Premium fulfils the needs of tourism and charter trips such as city sightseeing or long-distance travel. In addition, the Tourrider offers numerous options for individual customisation. When designing the passenger compartment, customers can choose between various upholstery, trim and colour scheme options. There is a vast range of options for safety systems and interior design, meaning companies can put together their own tailor-made dream coach.
“The dream coach for the North American Market”
The design: Gullwing in front, muscle car at the back.
The chrome-framed grill of the Tourrider with its central star harks back to the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, also known as the Gullwing. The Tourrider delivers a new interpretation of this design element. Typical North American characteristics include the deep-set external mirrors of the Tourrider Business. The Tourrider Premium offers an alternative with its integrated mirrors. Notable is the divided, rubber-framed windscreen allowing rapid, economical repairs after chip damage. The rear of the Tourrider Premium is characterised by a trapezoidal rear window; in its place, the Tourrider Business has a V-shaped black plate. Its structured surface with slats is a nod to the design of earlier American muscle cars.
The passenger compartment: everything on one level.
With one access door at the front, the Tourrider allows for an even distribution of seats along the flat floor of the passenger compartment. Passengers benefit from generous spacing, above all in the Tourrider Premium with its legroom increased by 2.36 inches (6.0 cm) over the Tourrider Business. It also offers, as an option, a fascinating glass ceiling, the “Top Sky Panorama”. An additional potential extra in both models is ambient lighting provided by LED strips below the luggage racks and windowsills, which really comes into its own during evening or night-time travel. There is a choice of colours. The five monitors, however, are fitted as standard. Blinds on the privacy-glazed windows protect against direct sunlight and unwanted attention. A powerful, integrated air-con system keeps the summer heat of the Southern States at bay.
Safety: exemplary in its class.
Visibility is pure safety. That is why the Tourrider has an additional window in the lower part of the access door. And a 360° camera – making manoeuvring easy. Exclusive full LED integral headlights to light up the night – the Tourrider Premium even has exclusive full LED integral headlights. Docking lights, fitted as standard, help reversing in the dark. Unusual for North America are the numerous assistance systems: Sideguard Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Attention Assist, Lane Assist. And on top of these, Active Brake Assist 5. For the first time, this emergency braking assistant can carry out a full braking manoeuvre in response to pedestrians in motion. In the Tourrider, it celebrates its world premiere in a coach.
The drive: Europe and America combined.
The core of the drive is the straight six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz OM 471, exclusive to the Tourrider in North America. The engine, with a displacement of 12.8 l, provides 450 hp (336 kW), achieving a maximum torque of 1550 lbft (2300 Nm). The transmission is handled by the converter/automatic gearbox WTB 500R made by the US manufacturer Allison. The electro-hydraulic steering is controlled by a CAN data bus. The transmission control module (TCM) gen. 5 provides innovative software solutions to achieve considerable reductions in fuel consumption. In this aspect, the Tourrider is also both a typical American and a genuine Mercedes-Benz.