Mercedes-Benz has finally released the first images of its highly anticipated MPV. Yes it is the new Viano but, as per previous reports, has been renamed as Mercedes-Benz V-Class. Mercedes says it is the “Mercedes Among MPVs” and certainly, that statement holds true for every aspect.
The new V-Class talks luxury and sportiness from every possible angle. Some of the highlights. in brief include an available Exterior Sports package and an Interior Design package, two wheelbase options, a seating capacity of up to 8, two engine options, and plenty of other optional goodies.
The styling is just as modern as you would expect. There is a fascinating radiator grille with the three dimensional badge, progressively designed headlamps with all lighting functions in LED – a first in class feature, a sculpted bonnet, lowered air intakes, strong character lines and more.
The powertrain options include a state-of-the-art 2.1 liter 4 cylinder turbodiesel engine featuring two-step turbocharging which also does duty on the A-Class and the S-Class. The V 220 CDI produces 163 hp and 380 Nm of peak torque, an increase of 20 Nm over its predecessor while returning 15 mpg more than the same. The 4 cylinder equipped model emits 149 g/km of CO2 while consuming 49.6 mpg of fuel.
The range topping V 250 BlueTEC equips a 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel engine which produces 190 hp of power and 440 Nm of peak torque. The engine is compliant with Euro 6 emissions standard and returns 46 mpg – accounting for 28 percent less fuel consumption. As standard the V 250 BlueTEC employs a 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission with DIRECT SELECT lever and DIRECT SELECT shift paddles. The same comes as an optional feature for the V 220 CDI.
Talking about the standard features customers will get on the V-Class, there is a free-standing 7 inch central display with Audi 20 USB, DIRECT SELECT selector lever with steering mounted paddles on the automatic version, a 12 key multifunction steering wheel with tilt and telescoping adjustment, electric parking brake, active arrest for the rear sliding door, LED High Performance headlamps with Intelligent Light System, laminated glass windows, AGILITY CONTROL suspension, ambience lighting and much more.
For the safety of its customers, Mercedes-Benz has added a host of aids including Crosswind Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST. Customers can also go for optional safety features such as Active Park Assist, DISTRONIC PLUS, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, Traffic Sign Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, LED Intelligent Light System, Adaptive Highbeam Assist and more.
The new V-Class will hit UK in early 2015.