The classic stretch limousine—with its concomitant, grandiose associations of wealth and power—may be on the outs as the luxury conveyance of choice for top earners.
It’s not surprising. The stretch limo has had a…long…run. It was a staple for the top financial tier for almost a century, and its antique sensibilities date to the 1920’s. To the more forward-looking members of today’s gilded top tier, it is perhaps looking a bit dusty as a style, and historical as a statement of arrival.
In fact, the need to make a statement at all is frequently the issue for younger influentials. Many people have come to desire the comfort without the elitist visuals, which may be viewed as antiquated; emphasis on garish class distinction, then, has become hopelessly déclassé. This has been especially noticeable as a change of opinion since the novelty limo first reared its frequently unattractive head.
Enter the extended Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. These customized rides mark the next evolution in chauffeured travel, and cut a form which transforms those overt cues into cryptic language; the customized, chauffeur-driven luxuriant van gives little away on the exterior. It doesn’t draw attention to itself readily.
But it’s not all about the subtext. Headroom—and the ability to move around comfortably—is another big reason for choosing a modified, high-end Sprinter over a limousine. The interior of a luxury van can be customized as an executive layout, with work and meeting space, as well as recreation space. It may also be designed for weekend travel and general recreation. Amenities include large-screen televisions, a wet bar, a sofa, and captain’s chairs. Materials are top-flight, and high-grade leather is used to upholster. And, just as in a stretch limousine, the chauffeur can be discreetly positioned behind a soundproof barrier if desired. And a luxury Sprinter is also a heck of a lot more maneuverable than a stretch.
There are already numerous well-known celebrities who have the extended Sprinter route lately. We’re not naming names, but among them is a rap artist who owns one of the largest record labels in the world; a famous singer and actress; a nationally recognized comedian; several Nashville stars; and popular film actors. Businesspeople who rely on the luxury van as a mobile business and recreation space include a CEO of a multi-billion dollar company; the founder of a rapidly expanding restaurant chain; an entrepreneur who uses his van to meet his yacht in port; and a prominent NASCAR team owner. The luxury van is catching on internationally, too. A recent purchase was shipped to the royal family in Dubai.
The only thing missing from the extended Sprinter is the appearance of the stretch limousine, the subtext that announces. What takes its place is a discreet and understated exterior, and versatility the limo cannot match. This is luxury travel that has been liberated from the past, and moves quietly, without attracting attention. Which can be a positive boon, especially if you’re not seeking any.
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