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The new Marco Polo – the camper van for the discerning individualist: The new style in independence
OverviewDrive and chassis: Efficient motoring pleasure and car-like dynamic driving comfortFive engines and three drive options: A real fun driveMarco Polo and Marco Polo ACTIVITY: Exemplary safetyMercedes-Benz at the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon: Marco Polo and Marco Polo ACTIVITY – the new compact camper vans and recreatState-of-the-art control and display concept and infotainment options: Touchpad and fully integrated multimedia systemThe new Marco Polo – the camper van for the discerning individualist: The new style in independenceThe new Marco Polo ACTIVITY – the recreational vehicle for families and outdoor activity enthusiasts: The all-round special
The new Marco Polo from Mercedes-Benz makes it possible to enjoy freedom and independence as never before. The compact camper van succeeds in fusing maximum functionality with aesthetic appeal and style. Its interior is reminiscent of an exclusive lounge. Elegant design, high-quality materials and a light colour scheme, together with discreet ambient lighting, give it an unprecedented level of high-class appeal for the compact camper van segment. The vehicle also makes a winning impression with its highly practical features – from the stowage facilities and seating/sleeping arrangements to the camping equipment for outdoors. Thanks to the compact dimensions of the Marco Polo body and the vehicle technology it inherits from the V-Class, the new Mercedes-Benz camper van is as dynamic, agile and economical to drive as a passenger car – meaning that it is just as suitable for long journeys as it is for everyday and city driving.
The new Marco Polo is the ideal choice for individualists and connoisseurs who wish to use their camper van both for recreational activities and on an everyday basis, but do not want to compromise on comfort and style, wherever their travels take them. The highly appealing vehicle interior, including a fully equipped kitchen, wardrobe and extremely comfortable beds, is able to accommodate up to four people. No matter whether it's a spontaneous weekend away or a longer trip – the very latest turbodiesel engines with top speeds of up to 200 km/h, a passenger car comfort suspension and an array of assistance systems ensure a relaxed and pleasurable journey to your destination, thanks not least to refreshing drinks from the compressor refrigerator and an interior layout that is designed to maximise freedom of movement.
A mobile performer in day-to-day driving, too
The compact exterior dimensions, with a length of 5.14 metres and a width of 1.93 metres (excluding mirrors), combine with the electromechanical power steering to ensure great manoeuvrability and impressive agility. With a turning circle of 11.8 metres, the Marco Polo is even more manoeuvrable than many a luxury-class saloon car. And, with a height of 1.98 metres, it is able to enter all normal garages, multi-storey car parks, underground garages and car washes. This means the new Marco Polo has all the mobility needed to handle everyday driving, too. So apart from being ideal for travelling on holiday, it's equally as suitable for driving to the supermarket, the office, the theatre or deep into the forest for some mountain biking. As a result, it offers maximum scope for spontaneity. And anyone who keeps their sports wear or evening attire in the Marco Polo's wardrobe can even get changed on board. Meanwhile, the cycle rack on the trailer coupling has room for up to three mountain bikes.
New standards for premium appeal, homeliness and comfortable functionality
The new Marco Polo was developed in collaboration with long-standing specialist partner Westfalia and is produced within a joint manufacturing agreement between the Mercedes-Benz factory in Vitoria (Spain) and the Westfalia plant in Wiedenbrück (Germany). The new Mercedes-Benz camper van blends impressive functionality with style, setting new standards for the compact camper van and recreational vehicles segment in the process. It is equipped with a kitchenette, including drawers and a cupboard, as well as a wardrobe positioned on the left of the vehicle, a bench seat/bunk at the rear, swivelling front seats, a folding, sliding table and a roof bed.
The interior features an up-to-date and harmonious colour scheme composed of contrasting light and dark shades. This produces a wonderfully spacious and homely feel, especially when the roof is raised and the top bed folded up. The inside of the pop-up roof is finished in cheerful, light tones, just like the roof liner, the side panelling and the furnishings. The seats are upholstered in a choice of silk beige Santiago fabric, black Santiago fabric or silk beige Lugano leather. The Marco Polo comes as standard with a hard-wearing, easy-care floor covering in yacht decking look that is available in light and dark finishes. This allows the floor and upholstery to be individually coordinated as desired, producing either a uniform colour scheme or a stylish light/dark contrast.
Trim in black piano-lacquer look clearly stands out from the porcelain-coloured surface of the furniture and gives the living space a sophisticated ambience. It extends from the kitchenette behind the driver's seat across the entire width of the cupboard units and to the wardrobe at the rear as well as into the dashboard up front. As a result, living area and cockpit are blended into a single, harmonious unit.
This inviting, homely flair can be rounded off with optional LED ambient lighting along the lower edge of the kitchenette. It emits light in a warm Solar tone and can be controlled with a switch in the function console located between the kitchenette and driver's seat.
Exclusively LED lighting is used throughout the vehicle interior. There are two large main lights, one in the entrance area above the sliding door and one above the kitchenette. The light intensity can be adjusted to three different levels, allowing the interior lighting to be adapted to requirements: plenty of light when cooking in the evening, for example, and cosy mood lighting for listening to music or playing cards while enjoying a glass of wine if it's raining or too cold outside. For optimum illumination when relaxing with a book, there is a total of four reading lamps in the living area. Meanwhile, beneath the roof, two gooseneck lamps that are also equipped with three-level dimming create an individual lighting feel. LED technology can also be specified as an option for the headlamps and tail lights. This makes the Marco Polo the first ever compact camper van to offer LED technology for both interior and exterior light functions. Not only are the LED High Performance headlamps with Intelligent Light System extremely elegant to look at, they enhance safety, too.
Fully equipped kitchen, wardrobe and all manner of loading configurations
The kitchen module features a remarkably innovative stowage system. It consists of a large, self-closing drawer with extending worktop, two smaller, self-closing drawers, which can also be opened when the bed is folded out, and a large stowage compartment with a sliding door. The covers for the kitchenette are produced in easy-to-clean smoked safety glass. This means that light continues to flood into the vehicle through the window even when the covers are folded upwards. The kitchenette is fully equipped with two gas burners, a sink and a compressor refrigerator with a capacity of 40 litres and a cooling capacity of up to minus 20 degrees Celsius. The fresh water tank has a capacity of 38 litres, the waste water tank 40 litres. Both tanks are therefore considerably larger than in the preceding model. They are located in the vehicle interior, where they are protected against frost.
A central control panel with display in the dashboard's centre console clearly indicates the levels of the two tanks as well as the charge level of the additional battery for the living area's power supply. Depending on ambient temperatures and the amount of electricity used, the additional battery can last for up to three days without needing to be recharged. Integrated into the kitchen cupboard console there is a 230-volt power socket, a residual-current circuit breaker as well as a USB charging port. A second USB charging port can be found on the roof bed. The Marco Polo is furthermore equipped with 12-volt power sockets on the right next to the bench seat and in the luggage compartment underneath the bed extension. The gas bottle for the stove (model Campinggaz R907, 2.75 kg) is located in a stowage compartment directly behind the wardrobe, where it can be easily accessed.
The folding table with a scratch-resistant surface is attached to the kitchenette in a space-saving manner, and can be slid in and out on a rail. It can therefore be perfectly positioned for up to four people – two on the luxury bench seat and one each on the luxury driver's seat, which can be rotated by 140 degrees, and the luxury front passenger seat, which rotates a full 180 degrees. When it is folded in, the table is locked into an upright position next to the bench seat, allowing unobstructed access between the front seats and the bench seat as well as to the kitchenette.
The rear section of the passenger compartment has a large wardrobe with sliding doors, a raised floor, a clothes rail and an illuminated, swing-out mirror with stowage tray, which also illuminates the wardrobe from the inside. The Marco Polo offers additional stowage facilities in the form of an overhead stowage box at the rear as well as a roomy drawer under the two-seater bench, which can also be removed. This enables the luggage compartment to be enlarged to accommodate larger items, such as sports equipment or toys and games. The bed extension can additionally be used as a second loading surface.
Outstanding seating and sleeping comfort
The two-seater bench in the rear can be repositioned on rails, and provides excellent lateral support thanks to electro-pneumatically inflatable side bolsters. The backrest is divided into two, and can be individually electrically adjusted on each side. Consequently, everyone can find their preferred seating or lying position at the touch of a button. One passenger can be sitting comfortably, for instance, while the other extends their seat fully to create a comfy single bed. And if both backrests are folded down together, the bench seat can be converted into a double bed measuring 2.03 metres by 1.13 metres in a matter of seconds. The electro-pneumatic system that already set new benchmarks in the outgoing model reconciles the conflicting aims of seating and sleeping comfort. The side bolsters are automatically deflated in the reclining position. When folded out to form a sleeping surface, the bench seat rises at the same time to conceal the seat belt buckles that would otherwise disturb sleep. The bed extension can also be pivoted upwards to form a comfortable headrest. To make the bed even more comfortable to sleep on, a breathable mattress pad is available as an accessory.
A second double bed, the design of which ensured an outstanding night's sleep in the preceding model, too, can be found underneath the pop-up roof. Measuring 2.05 metres by 1.13 metres, the large luxury roof bed consists of a high-quality cold foam mattress and special spring elements with high point elasticity that allow an outstandingly ergonomic sleeping position right to the edges of the mattress. With the roof space having a total width of 1.24 metres, there is also sufficient freedom of movement for arms and legs. A protective net can be attached to the front edge to safeguard children.
The pop-up roof in glass-fibre-reinforced plastic (GFRP) with a concertina of opaque, waterproof woven fabric has been further improved compared to the predecessor. Thanks to an innovative scissor-action system, it has been possible to increase the pop-up height in the rear area considerably and therefore provide particularly generous legroom. The light porcelain shade on the inside of the concertina creates a sense of spaciousness and a homely ambience, just like in a bedroom. The way in which the woven fabric draws in has been improved to ensure that it collapses accurately in concertina-like fashion when the roof is lowered again. Optionally available is the EASY-UP pop-up roof, which is equipped with a particularly quiet electric drive system. It is operated via the central control panel.
Whenever the bed is not in use and the roof is raised, the bed can be folded upwards at the front to provide plenty of headroom in the vehicle interior. At the same time, the two side ventilation slits in the concertina, which can be zipped open and closed, direct even more fresh air into the living area.
The vent window in the rear right corner of the rear compartment supplies yet more fresh air for added comfort. It can be opened and closed electrically as standard - one of the Marco Polo's unique selling points. It is operated using a switch in the driver's door or in the right-hand armrest in the side panelling.
The black-tinted glass, which protects the interior from prying eyes and helps to prevent it from heating up in direct sunlight during the day, is another standard feature, as are the black-out roller blinds in the rear. To allow the interior to be darkened completely, a washable curtain is available for the windscreen and the front side windows.
The Marco Polo also comes with two camping chairs and a table as standard for relaxing outdoors. They are conveniently stowed in a bag inside the luggage compartment under the bed extension. A pleasant shaded ”terrace” surrounded by nature can be created by opting for the awning above the sliding door. In a first for the segment, the awning is detachable, allowing for its removal before driving through an automatic car wash, for example.
Climate control – individual and intelligent
The THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control that is optionally available instead of the standard TEMPMATIC system guarantees the occupants’ individual comfort and well-being en route. It sets new standards in terms of the automatic mode's ability to adapt to individual passenger requirements. For the first time in this vehicle segment, three different ventilation modes with different airflow and distribution characteristics are available for personal climate control: FOCUS, MEDIUM and DIFFUSE. A further new feature is the 2-quadrant solar sensor for automatic adjustment of the interior temperature. It monitors solar radiation and, when the sunshine becomes more intense, the blower speed and temperature are adjusted automatically in the affected quadrant – either on the driver’s side or the front-passenger’s side. This improves thermal comfort as and when required, especially in stop-and-go traffic. Further stand-out features of the new THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control include the integrated demisting sensor and automatic air recirculation control by GPS upon entering a tunnel.
THERMOTRONIC is configured as front and rear automatic climate control for three zones and is operated using the air conditioning control panel or the Controller. If a rear air conditioning system is additionally specified, the rear-seat passengers can enjoy individual climate comfort, too. Air distribution occurs automatically depending on the setting of the front system and the operating mode. In heating mode, the air is directed to the footwell and the roof, while, in cooling mode, it is directed to the roof only. The air conditioning in the rear can also be controlled by the driver via the central display.
The standard hot-air auxiliary heating with stationary heating function keeps the interior pleasantly warm on cooler evenings. The system works independently of the vehicle’s engine and can be programmed from the central control panel to switch on and off using the timer function or set to run continuously. The temperature is likewise adjusted via the central control panel. A remote control is also available as an option.
Convenient loading and unloading through separately opening rear window
To make loading and unloading even easier, the Marco Polo can be specified with a separately opening rear window as an option. This makes it possible to use the second loading surface formed by the bed extension without opening the large tailgate. In this way, smaller items of luggage and shopping bags can be quickly stowed and kept ready to hand at all times. The separately opening rear window has the additional benefit of providing an extra opening window, meaning an even better supply of fresh air and more effective ventilation of the interior. At the end of a hot summer's day, for example, it can be opened to allow plenty of cool evening air to flow through the “bedroom”.
There is also the option of the EASY-PACK tailgate with effortless power opening and closing that can also be stopped in any intermediate position. The sliding door can also be specified in a power-operated version as an option. It comes as standard with an active catch to prevent the door from sliding shut when parked on a slope.
Supreme comfort in the cockpit area too
The cockpit also takes comfort to a whole new level. 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 in the same way as on a smartphone. The Marco Polo also comes complete with the new “Mercedes-Benz Touch” app. This enables the COMAND Online infotainment system to be controlled by smartphone from any seating position. Together, the app and touchpad form the key to the most cutting-edge control and display concept in this vehicle class. The latest generation of COMAND Online combines all audio, telephone and navigation functions as well as offering an internet browser, the LINGUATRONIC voice control system and transmission of traffic data in real time.
The standard multifunction steering wheel is adjustable for height and tilt, allowing a relaxed seating position, especially on longer journeys. The luxury seats for driver and front passenger are adjustable too – for fore/aft position, height, backrest angle and seat cushion angle. They therefore allow each individual occupant to maintain an ideal posture. For the first time in this segment, a 4-way lumbar support is optionally available for both driver and front passenger to further relieve strain on the back. It is easily controlled at the push of a button. In addition to all this, the front seats also swivel. For convenient entry and exit, they can be rotated outwards by 50 degrees. And when it's time to relax around the table with the passengers in the rear, the driver's seat can be swivelled the other way by 140 degrees and the front passenger seat by 180 degrees.