Mercedes-Benz has confirmed a new V-class MPV for launch at the 2014 Geneva motor show.

These initial spy photos show the model in the early stages of testing, wearing heavy camouflage.

The V-class will replace the Viano when it launches. Mercedes hopes the new vehicle will move away from its van roots, allowing it to be seen as the “largest member of the Mercedes passenger car family”. This is in no small part down to a luxurious new interior.

The V-class name was used between 1996 and 2003, before the Viano was introduced. Mercedes hopes the new model will appeal to customers of the recently axed R-class. More traditional van versions will continue to be offered from launch in the second quarter of 2014.

The dashboard design theme is close to that of the new C-class and uses many of the of the same components, including the circular vents, centre console switchgear, a tablet screen and central touchpad and rotary controller.

The door pulls, window switches and electric seat switches are also taken from the C-class. The interior also gets the option of ambient lighting, high-quality leather trim and ‘captain’s chairs’.

The V-class has been made more practical for everyday use, with the huge rear tailgate now featuring a separate hinged window to make it easier to load smaller items into the boot, while the top of the – structural – parcel shelf has built-in collapsible shopping baskets and the rear cabin seats are now easier to flip and fold. The climate conditioning system has also been upgraded to cope with the V-class’s huge cabin.

Thanks to: Autocar