Van Life : The New Mercedes-Benz V-Class is the Perfect Partner for the Road

Published by Ben Baumunk
February 04, 2019
Mercedes-Benz Vans is taking the next step in this segment and will soon be offering a fully-electric MPV
Words Ben Baumunk February 04, 2019

Five years ago, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class set benchmarks in the MPV segment with its design, its high-quality feel, its comfort and its safety and assistance systems and has since enjoyed a successful international career. The facelift builds upon these core values and thus improves the attractiveness of the biggest member of the Stuttgart-based brand’s range of passenger vehicles. The compact Marco Polo and Marco Polo HORIZON campers and leisure vans also benefit from the full scope of the innovations implemented on the V-Class. What’s more, Mercedes-Benz Vans is taking the next step in this segment and will soon be offering a fully-electric MPV.

The new Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo – Exterior, cavansit blue metallic

The new Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo – Exterior, cavansit blue metallic

Design and comfort

  • New presence and an impression of breadth thanks to newly designed bumper with striking cooling air intake and diamond structure of the radiator grille
  • Available as an option, the AMG Line features a new diamond radiator grille with chrome pins which both make for a still more sporty appearance
  • Four new paint colours as well as four new light-alloy wheel designs will also be available
  • There’s a new-look interior thanks to new trim elements with double stripe look, newly designed air vents in sporty turbine look and the new “tartufo” leather colour
  • Optimal luxury seats in the rear enhance the range of seats in the MPV and pamper occupants with berth function, back massage and climate control

Driving dynamics and efficiency

  • The four-cylinder OM 654 diesel with reduced emission and consumption values and further improved noise and vibration characteristics is being used for the first time in the V-Class
  • New top engine in the V 300 d with 176 kW (239 hp) and 500 Nm torque delivers the best values in the MPV segment (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1. In the acceleration phase, the V 300 d can briefly deliver an additional 30 Nm of torque (“overtorque”)
  • For the first time in the V-Class, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission will be available to increase shifting comfort and fuel efficiency

Safety and assistance systems

  • The multifaceted range of safety and assistance systems will become more comprehensive with the facelift
  • Available for the first time, Active Brake Assist can, depending on the situation, reduce the severity of a collision with a vehicle in front, stationary obstacles and pedestrians crossing the vehicle’s path (in urban traffic) or it can even prevent them from occurring altogether
  • New Highbeam Assist Plus makes it possible to drive with the main-beam headlamps permanently active and only switches to dipped-beam mode when the situation requires

The future is electric

  • Mercedes-Benz Vans will soon be the first premium manufacturer to offer a fully-electric MPV
  • Consistent expansion of the eDrive@VANs strategy to also include model series for private use
  • Near-series study „Concept EQV“ celebrates its premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2019

1 The stated fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures are provisional, were determined by the technical service for the certification process in accordance with the WLTP test procedure and correlated as NEDC figures. No EC type approval or certificate of conformity with official figures is yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.

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