The new V-Class: The Mercedes among MPVs
Stuttgart
Jan 30, 2014
The model range: Versatile and individual for the most widely ranging requirements
Fascinating versatility is the hallmark of the new V-Class. 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, three engines and many additional optional extras, the new MPV can be individualised to suit any taste and requirement. This makes it the perfect offer for different target groups who appreciate great spaciousness but do not want to sacrifice style and sportiness. The new V-Class is just as attractive for families as it is for people who need a spacious interior for their extensive leisure and sports activities. In addition, it is ideally suited for commercial use, for example as a luxurious VIP or hotel shuttle. At market launch the special model V-Class Edition 1, which will only be on sale in the market launch year of 2014, will join the line-up.
With its sporty character and stylish, comfortable appointments, the V-Class creates an emotional highlight in its segment and clearly sets itself apart from the competition. Even the basic V-Class version features a comprehensive scope of equipment as standard. It includes Audio 20 USB with free-standing 7-inch central display, piano-lacquer-look trim, 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel with twelve buttons and sporty DIRECT SELECT lever (gearshift paddles for automatic transmission), a steering column adjustable for height and tilt, LED reading lamp up front, front luxury seats with thorax/pelvis sidebags, electric parking brake and active arrest for the rear sliding door.
The V-Class AVANTGARDE equipment line features additional highlights as standard, such as leather seats, leather steering wheel, ambient lighting, wood-look trim (also in the rear), all-LED headlamps with Intelligent Light System, separately opening rear windscreen with second loading level, an additional sliding door on the left, laminated glass windows for additional noise reduction, and AGILITY CONTROL suspension with selective damping system for even better agility and ride comfort.
Made-to-measure individualisation
Five non-metallic and seven metallic paint finishes are available as standard for both equipment lines. Colours range from arctic white, jupiter red or navy blue to brilliant silver metallic, cavansite blue metallic or obsidian black metallic. For further individualisation, for each equipment line Mercedes-Benz has put together an Interior Design package and an Exterior Sports package.
Interior Design package
Exterior Sports package
 
V-Class
Luxury seats in Lugano leather
17-inch light-alloy wheels
Optional: 18- or 19-inch light-alloy wheels 
 
Wave-look trim
 
17"-Bremsanlage
 
Steering wheel and gearshift lever in nappa leather
 
Brake callipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering
 
Sports pedals in brushed aluminium
 
Sports suspension or AGILITY CONTROL suspension
 
V-Class AVANTGARDE
Luxury seats in nappa leather and leather-covered armrests in door panels
18-inch light-alloy wheels
Optional: 19-inch light-alloy wheels
 
Wood-look ebony trim (also in the rear)
 
Brake callipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering
 
Leather-look dashboard with topstitching
 
Sports suspension with 17-inch braking system
 
Sports pedals in brushed aluminium
 
Chrome-look trim strip on front bumper
In addition, there are many optional extras available for still more individual comfort and driving pleasure. For instance, sliding doors and tailgate can be operated electrically if desired. Also, driver's and front passenger's seats are electrically adjustable and will be available as swivelling seats as well (50° outwards and 180° inwards). To configure the passenger compartment as required, a folding and sliding table and different seating variants with almost unlimited seating configurations are available to choose from – from individual seats (as standard) to two- and three-passenger bench seats and even a sleeper.
To enhance personal driving pleasure, the V-Class is the only vehicle in its segment to offer the AGILITY SELECT function. The driver is able to choose between four transmission modes at the push of a button: economical, comfortable, sporty and manual. Engine, accelerator and transmission response are then adapted accordingly.
Three engines and three body lengths
The V-Class and V-Class AVANTGARDE are powered by a 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel of the latest generation, featuring two-stage turbocharging. It is available in three power output levels: as V 200 CDI with 100 kW (136 hp), V 220 CDI with 120 kW (163 hp) and V 250 BlueTEC with 140 kW (190 hp). Owing to two-stage turbocharging and numerous other measures, (see "The drive system" section) the V 250 BlueTEC with a peak torque of 440 Newton metres has as much pulling power and agility as the predecessor's six-cylinder diesel – but much lower consumption.
Both equipment lines will be available in three body lengths: with a short wheelbase of 3200 millimetres and short rear overhang of 800 millimetres or long overhang of 1045 millimetres, as well as with a long wheelbase of 3430 millimetres and a long rear overhang of 1045 millimetres. The standard vehicle height is 1.88 metres, allowing the V-Class to be driven into normal-sized multi-storey car parks.
The new V-Class can be ordered starting in March 2014. The market launch will take place at the end of May in Germany and the European launch will be in June 2014. Despite a new design, new technologies and considerably increased equipment levels, the base prices compared with the previous model will be only moderately adjusted and will remain within an attractive range within the segment.
Exclusive model at launch: V-Class Edition 1
Like every new Mercedes-Benz passenger car model series, the V-Class will also start out with a limited Edition 1. The features of the 140 kW (190 hp) special model with 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission include a sports suspension or, alternatively, AGILITY CONTROL suspension with selective damping system, 19-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, tinted windows in the rear, marron nappa leather seats, leather-look dashboard with topstitching, velour floor mats with "Mercedes-Benz" label, dark anthracite wood-look ebony trim, and a high-quality "Edition 1" badge on interior trim and wings. Ensuring utmost comfort are the active seat ventilation for driver and front passenger, THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control plus separate TEMPMATIC semi-automatic climate control in the rear, COMAND Online, the Burmester® surround sound system, electric sliding doors on the right and left, the electric EASY-PACK tailgate with separately opening rear windscreen and the Parking package with 360-degree camera. COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist plus the PRE-SAFE® system offer exemplary safety.
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