Mercedes-Benz V-class has been revealed, and will go on sale in the UK in March next year. The eight-seater replaces the Viano in Mercedes' line-up, and marks the return of the V-class name for the first time since the original was introduced in 1996.
The company is hoping the V-class will appeal to current R-class owners
seeking the everyday versatility, seating capacity and outright space
of an MPV. Sales of the R-class were discontinued in Europe in 2013
following disappointing sales.
Conceived and developed in a joint
engineering program with the third-generation Vito van, the new V-class
will be produced at Mercedes-Benz’s Vitoria factory in Spain.
V-class has been given a much more individual character than its
predecessor, with more contemporary exterior styling touches that
visually link it with other Mercedes-Benz passenger car models. A luxurious cabin is
also offered, complete with a high quality dashboard and and offered
with the latest version of Mercedes' Comand infotainment system.
design of the dashboard and choice of materials used up front is
particularly noteworthy, in a class not renowned for style or quality.
Continuing the look first established on the latest S-class,
it can be dressed up with matt-finish wooden trims and Nappa leather
upholstery, giving the V-class an upmarket feel. Among the standard
safety kit are six airbags. The steering wheel is taken from the
“It was a case of coming up with something completely
new rather than upgrading a functional interior," said Kai Sieber,
design boss for Mercedes-Benz vans. "We wanted to give our MPV real
passenger car character and appeal."
UK buyers can choose between
two body sizes, with either a single kerb-side rear sliding door or two
rear sliding doors. The new Mercedes-Benz MPV measures 5170mm in long
form and 5370mm in extra-long form. With a nominal height of 1880mm,
Mercedes-Benz claims it can be driven into multi-storey car parks, car
washes and standard-sized garages.
Mercedes' versatile new luxury
MPV will be sold with a standard 2+2+2 seating layout, providing
individual seating for up to six occupants. A 2+3+3 arrangement boosts
total seating capacity to eight. Buyers can also specify what
Mercedes-Benz describes as a luxury sleeper option, in which the
rear-most seat folds to form a bed. The front seats are electrically
adjustable and can be ordered with a swivel function providing 50
degrees of outward travel and 180 degrees of inward travel.
Thanks to: Autocar