Mercedes Benz may not have had much luck with its R-Class, but the German automaker is giving the luxury MPV segment another go. Unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, is the all-new V-Class MPV that is said to offer ‘the best of both worlds’ - meaning luxury automobile experience and large space. The V-Class MPV will replace both the Viano and the Vito models in the company’s van line-up.
The styling combines cues from the all-new C- and S-Class models along with a hint of the facelifted E-Class. Overall, the German marque has created what could possibly be, the most stylish van that should broaden the model's customer base. The interior cabin has been taken upmarket as well thanks to premium trims, high-end leather upholsteries, as well as rear center consoles and individual rear seats. There's also a freestanding COMAND display together with ambient lightning and metallic accents creating a very desirable cabin for a van.
Under the hood, the V-Class gets the 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with two-stage turbocharging that delivers three different power figures. For the base V200, it develops 136PS and peak torque of 330 Nm. For the mid-level V 220, it makes 163PS and 380Nm of maximum torque and for the range-topping V 250, it produces 190PS and 440Nm of torque.
While the V 250 comes with 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission with both a gearshift lever and paddle shifters, the same A/T gearbox is available as an option for V 200 and V 220, which come standard with a manual gearbox.
The Mercedes Benz V-Class MPV will be launched globally in May 2014, while bookings will open from March 6, 2014.