The new V-Class – the successful model just got even more attractive
In 2014, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class premiere saw a completely new approach to design, value appeal, comfort and safety being introduced into the MPV segment. The concept went on to be a true success: proof of this can be found in the 209,000 or so V-Class units that have been sold since its market launch in 2014, a sales record in 2018 with some 64,000 units, one of the youngest buyer groups at Mercedes-Benz and successful launches in other markets, especially in Asia. And the facelift will now make for a refreshing feel to the already successful model. Focal points include a re-styled and striking front-end design, as well as the introduction of the OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine generation – with the V 300 d reaching the new top value of 176 kW. Plus, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is available for the first time, while safety and assistance systems, among them Active Brake Assist, have been brought up to the latest technological level. The new V-Class can be ordered in Europe from March 2019 and is expected to be available in Australia from the third quarter of 2019. The full details of the Australian line up are yet to be announced. Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz Vans is continuing to evolve its eDrive@VANs electrification strategy and will soon be offering a fully-electric MPV.
Design and comfort
- New presence and an impression of breadth thanks to newly designed bumper with striking cooling air intake and diamond structure of the radiator grille
- Available as an option, the AMG Line features a new diamond radiator grille with chrome pins which both make for a still more sporty appearance
- Four new paint colours as well as four new light-alloy wheel designs will also be available
- There’s a new-look interior thanks to new trim elements with double stripe look, newly designed air vents in sporty turbine look and the new “tartufo” leather colour
- As in the S-Class, optionally available luxury seats with fully reclining function, back massage and climatisation now also pamper vehicle occupants. Passengers can choose from three different massage intensities and three climatisation stages.
Driving dynamics and efficiency
- The four-cylinder OM 654 diesel with reduced emission and consumption values and further improved noise and vibration characteristics is being used for the first time in the V-Class
- New top engine in the V 300 d with 176 kW and 500 Nm torque delivers the best values in the MPV segment (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1. In the acceleration phase, the V 300 d can briefly deliver an additional 30 Nm of torque (“overtorque”)
- For the first time in the V-Class, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission will be available to increase shifting comfort and fuel efficiency
Safety and assistance systems
- The multifaceted range of safety and assistance systems will become more comprehensive with the facelift
- Available for the first time, Active Brake Assist can, depending on the situation, reduce the severity of a collision with a vehicle in front, stationary obstacles and pedestrians crossing the vehicle’s path (in urban traffic) or it can even prevent them from occurring altogether
- New Highbeam Assist Plus makes it possible to drive with the main-beam headlamps permanently active and only switches to dipped-beam mode when the situation requires
The future is electric
In the MPV segment, Mercedes-Benz Vans will soon be taking the next step and will be the first premium manufacturer to offer a fully-electric model. Thus Mercedes-Benz Vans will consistently expand its comprehensive eDrive@VANs strategy. With the eVito already available and the eSprinter due for market launch in the second half of 2019, the range of fully-electric vehicles will then be extended to include a model series for private use.
Mercedes-Benz Vans will provide an initial outlook on the electric future of its MPV at the Geneva International Motor Show with the near-series study „Concept EQV“, which will celebrate its premiere there.
Mercedes-Benz management on the new V-Class
“The V-Class is a versatile and multitalented vehicle, which offers something unique to our market. It’s for families with an active lifestyle who need space and comfort, but don’t want to forgo luxury and safety. Plus it has proven to be a popular choice for business operators who need to transport people in a stylish, sophisticated way. The new V-Class brings with it a fresh look, with added new safety technology, and provides a vision for the future in the form of a fully electric MPV.”
Diane Tarr, Managing Director Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand
“In line with the facelift, the V-Class will receive the Mercedes-Benz OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine. This is an especially efficient and clean unit. By way of example, in the V 250 d output variant, the fuel savings are greater than 10 percent in comparison to the predecessor model2. At the same time the new V-Class is even more dynamic with its new top engine, the V 300 d. It’s truly the benchmark in the segment.”3
Dr Ulf Zillig, Head of Development at Mercedes-Benz Vans