To most people, high-end business travel starts and ends with a first-class plane ticket, but apparently for the terrestrial-bound few, it means a large van outfitted like Mar-a-Lago. What else explains German tuner Brabus’s constant obsession with Mercedes-Benz vans slathered in leather, TV screens, and other frippery? Now there’s another choice in the high-end market for business-travel vans: the Jet Van, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter done up real classy by Carlex Design.
The Jet Van comes outfitted with both 40-inch and 21-inch 3D displays as well as two touchscreens (one per bank of seats) that can manipulate the climate control, TV screens, external parking cameras, seat adjustments, lighting, and window shades. Everything is slathered in black or gray leather and faux suede, so it may be nice to touch, but even the splashes of “exotic wood” and 24-karat-gold plating on various bits fail to lighten the mood. Carlex, for its part, describes the space as “dark and elegant,” so we’ll leave final judgment on the ambiance to you.
Externally, the Sprinter-based creation wears gold-colored wheels, a predominantly black paint scheme, and a front bumper with gaping intakes similar to those on the Mercedes-AMG E63 sedan. There’s no word on the Jet Van’s powertrain or price, but you can bet the beast won’t be nearly as quick as an actual jet or as expensive, yet it’s still extravagant enough that it might cause an issue down in accounting.