Mercedes-Benz has added a new variant to the V-Class, called the ‘Elite’. This is the new top-spec trim level and is priced at a cool Rs 1.1 crore, (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The V-Class Elite is based on the facelifted V-Class that was launched globally in 2019, and like the trim level below it, the Executive is available with a wheelbase of 5140mm only. The base trim, called Expression, is available with a longer wheelbase of 5370mm. The Elite will be available in a six-seat configuration only.
Seven exterior colors are available for the V-Class Elite: blue, grey, dark grey, metallic gloss black, metallic blue, metallic white, and metallic silver. Three different alloy wheel designs are also on the options list, ranging from 17 inches to 18-inch diameter.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz V-Class Facelift lends it a new front bumper, a revised grille, and slightly different LED headlamps compared to the other trims of the V-Class available in India.
Inside is where the meat of the matter is, though: the V-Class Elite gets new dashboard trim, ‘turbine’ AC vents, a larger screen for the touchscreen infotainment system, Nappa leather upholstery with a choice of either beige or black colors, and a panoramic sunroof is an optional extra.
The second row of seats are electrically adjustable and can recline up to 45 degrees. They also have features like ventilation, massage function, and adjustable leg rests.
Other features available in the V-Class Elite include dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, a table at the rear that is foldable and movable, an audio system from Burmester with 640W and 15 speakers, a 360-degree video feed for parking, and rear glass that opens separately from the boot lid.
Powering the V-Class Elite is a 2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that generates 163 bhp and 380 Nm. It gets a 9-speed automatic gearbox, where the other two variants get a seven-speed one. The company claims that it will get to 100 kph in 11 seconds.
The V-Class Elite has no competition in the Indian market, it being a luxury van, but Toyota’s upcoming Vellfire will have its sights sets on the same kind of customer.