The German marque has revealed its new luxury MPV that looks set to replace the current Viano range.
Despite boasting a luxurious interior and a plethora of on-board gadgetry, the previous generation Viano never could quite shed its commercial vehicle roots, so Mercedes has badged the V-Class as such to bring it in line with its passenger car range.
The upcoming people mover is said to be perfect for “venturing off on a shopping spree or travelling with the whole family, heading out for a mountain bike holiday with friends in the Alps or driving prominent guests to a red carpet event.”
Interior flexibility will be a key selling point as customers can specify an assortment of seating arrangements. Four executive-style seats can face each other or two forward-facing, three-seat benches can be specified depending on a customer’s requirements.
The new V-Class will likely cost around£40,000 but potential customers will have to wait until the Geneva motor show in March for full details.
Space around the driver has also been given the luxury treatment, with the functional dash of the old Viano replaced with the same stylish floating centre console as the new C-Class. A tablet-style central display is controlled by hand gestures, the driver swiping and pinching to cycle through menus and zoom in and out of maps.
A familiar boxy silhouette greets potential customers on the outside but Mercedes designers have implemented a new front end – complete with new grille, stylish LED headlamps and a more muscular bonnet – to ensure the model stands out from the commercial vehicle crowd.
An exterior Sports package can also be specified to add lower skirts, a more pronounced bumper and larger alloys.
Either a 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine or a V 250 BlueTEC unit that replaces the 3.0-litre V6 diesel of old will power the upcoming V-Class.
The latter manages to produce the same 187bhp and 440Nm torque as the previous V6 but cuts CO2 levels by 28 per cent and improves fuel efficiency.
No official prices have been revealed yet but expect to part with around £40,000.
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February 4, 2014