Whether going on a shopping spree or travelling with the whole family, heading out for a mountain bike holiday with friends or driving prominent guests to a red carpet event – the new V-class Mercedes-Benz provides optimum flexibility when it comes to use of the interior and always cuts an elegant figure at the same time. With the two equipment lines V-class and V-class AVANTGARDE, an Exterior Sports package and an Interior Design package for each line, two wheelbases, three body lengths from 4895 to 5370 millimetres, three engines and also many optional extras, the new MPV can be individualized to suit any taste and requirement. As a result it meets a wide variety of customer needs and is just as attractive for families as it is for people who need a variable and spacious interior for their leisure and sports activities. In addition, it is ideally suited to use as a luxurious VIP or hotel shuttle.
Emotional, Dynamic Appearance
Even at first glance, the V-class is unmistakably a member of the Mercedes-Benz passenger car family and sets an emotional highlight in its segment. At the center of the powerful front is the upright radiator grille with three-dimensional central star and the progressively designed headlamps, which for the first time in this segment offer all lighting functions in LED technology as an option. The sculptured V-shaped bonnet merges elegantly into the sporty chrome frame of the radiator grille and the headlamps, which extend far into the wings, they emphasize the width of the vehicle and underscore the self-confident appearance of the new V-class.
The clearly contoured sidewall is structured by two elongated taut lines. The interplay of concave and convex surfaces conveys a sculptural and as such highly sensuous character. Both lines smoothly continue the distinctive contour lines of the front bumper and rise slightly as they continue on towards the rear. The side view thus appears stretched, suggesting dynamism.
The new V-class demonstrates that an elegant and dynamic appearance. The V-class is versatile, multitalented vehicle, which offers value, efficiency and safety at the highest level. As a result we are addressing a completely new customer group, among them those who are in need of a generous amount of space but never wanted to drive a MPV because style, a sense of well-being and also ride comfort have so far been lacking in this segment.
A high level of driving comfort and an exemplary standard of safety are ensured by a total of eleven innovative driver assistance systems. They are based on state-of-theart radar, camera and ultrasound sensors. Standard equipment includes Crosswind Assist, which helps the driver to stabilize the V-class in strong, gusting crosswinds and Attention Assist, which can warn of inattention and drowsiness. An available option is Active Parking Assist. It makes parking the new MPV as easy and convenient as parking a compact car.
Also optionally available are the 360 degree camera, distronic plus adaptive cruise control with collision prevention assist, the LED intelligent light system and adaptive highbeam assist. Most of these assistance systems are available in this segment for the first time.
At market launch the new V-class comes to the starting line with the state-of-the-art 2.1 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with two-stage turbocharging, which has already proven highly successful in many passenger car model series from the A-class to S-class and which has now been further enhanced specifically for the MPV.
To enhance personal driving pleasure, the V-class is the only vehicle in its segment to offer the Agility Select function in conjunction with the automatic transmission. At the push of the button, the driver can select from four driving modes: economical, comfortablel, sporty and manual. Engine, accelerator and transmission response are then adapted accordingly.
Groundbreaking features in this category of vehicles also include the Agility Control suspension with selective adjustment of the damping system to the road conditions and the latest generation of ADAPTIVE ESP, featuring many assistance functions for optimum driving safety. The light and precise electromechanical power steering likewise contributes greatly to the well-balanced driving comfort in the new V-class.
Low drug is crucial to achieving outstanding efficiency. This outstanding figure is the result of intensive detailed improvement work from modifications to the basic vehicle design to large areas of underbody paneling and aerodynamically opitimised wheel arches and exterior mirrors. Other focuses of the aerodynamic development work were on reducing wind noise and keeping the windows and exterior mirrors largely free of soiling even in inclement weather, a major factor for perceptual safety.
The level of noise and perceptible vibrations has a major influence on the sense of wellbeing in an automobile. Throughout the development period, the engineers at Mercedes-Benz showed an almost forensic fervour in investigating every possible source of noise and vibrations as to eliminate these with specific measures. As a result, the V-class offers its occupants the lowest noise level in the segment. The interior noise level has been almost halved compared to the preceding model.
The interior of the V-class is a completely new MPV experience. High-quality materials with a pleasant touch and feel and a harmonious colour concept make it pleasant. Fine nappa leather is also available for the seats, steering wheel and shift lever. Subtle ambient lighting in three colours rounds off this inviting atmosphere.
A particular eye-catcher is the dynamically styled two-part dashboard. Other highlights include the free-standing central display, the multifunction steering wheel with 12 buttons and direct select lever with steering wheel shift paddles for automatic models, as well as the innovative touchpad, which allows all telematics functions to be operated by means of gestures or by entering characters in the same way as on a smartphone.
New Comfortable Dimensions
The V-class also sets new standards in comfort and variability with a host of innovations. The Mercedes-Benz MPV is the only vehicle in the segment to offer optional 4-way lumbar support and active seat ventilation with reversing fans to ensure a consistent relative humidity at the contact area with the leather seat for driver and front passenger.
Numerous Seating and Loading Configurations
The seating in the rear allows numerous configurations to meet any requirements. As standard, the MPV is equipped with four individual luxury seats with armrests in two seat rows.
As an alternative to the individual seats, a two-passenger bench seat with two-piece, individually folding backrest, or a three-passenger bench seat with two-piece seat cushion and three-piece backrest is available for both rear rows. The outer right-hand seat of the three-seater bench can be folded forward to create space for large items, such as sports equipment or newly purchased furniture. For overnight accommodation in the V-class, the rearmost row can also be equipped with a three-passenger bench seat as a comfort berth.
The new Mercedes-Benz MPV occupies the leading position in its segment as its sporty character and comfortable appointments. Even the basic V-class version features a comprehensive scope of equipment as standard. It includes the Audio 20 USB with free-standing 7-inch central display, piano-lacquer-look trim, 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel with 12 buttons and sporty direct-select selector lever with steering wheel shift paddles in the case of automatic transmission, a steering column adjustable for height and tilt, luxury front seats with thorax/pelvis sidebugs, electric parking brake and active arrest for the rear sliding door.
The V-class AVANTGRADE design and equipment line features additional highlight as standard, such as leather seats, a leather steering wheel, ambient lighting, wood-lock trim (also in the rear), LED high performance headlamps with intelligent light system, separately opening rear window with second loading level, an additional sliding door on the left, laminated glass windows for additional noise reduction and the agility control suspension with selective damping system for even better agility and ride comfort.