The Mercedes among MPVs

The new Mercedes-Benz V-Class is redefining the MPV. As the youngest and largest member of the passenger car family from Stuttgart, it sets new benchmarks in its segment with its design and a host of innovations. The new V-Class standard equipped with 7-seater setting, customer can choose among 6-seater or 8-seater as optionally equipment to suit their needs. With the high-class appeal, comfort, efficient driving pleasure and safety that distinguish automobiles bearing the three-pointed star.

Whether off 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 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, two body lengths from 5140 to 5370 millimetres, the new MPV can be individualised 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 centre 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 standard. The sculptured V-shaped bonnet merges elegantly into the sporty chrome frame of the radiator grille and the headlamps. The lower air intakes and the radiator grille feature narrow louvres. In conjunction with the headlamps, which extend far into the wings, they emphasise the width of the vehicle and underscore the self-confident appearance of the new V-Class.

      Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive – exemplary safety

      A high level of driving comfort and an exemplary standard of safety are ensured by several innovative driver assistance systems, which were introduced in the new E-Class and S-Class under the name "Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive". Standard equipment includes Crosswind Assist, which helps the driver to stabilise the V-Class in strong, gusting crosswinds, ATTENTION ASSIST, which can warn of inattention and drowsiness and Active Parking Assist. It makes parking the new MPV as easy and convenient as parking a compact car. The PRE-SAFE® system, familiar from the passenger car models, is standard for V-Class AVANTGARDE to further enhance safety. When an accident threatens, it initiates protective measures to ensure that the belts and airbags offer optimum protection during a collision. Most of these assistance systems are available in this segment for the first time.

        Top efficiency: six-cylinder performance with four-cylinder fuel consumption

        With a power output of 190 hp and powerful peak torque of 440 Nm, the V 250 d engine has as much pulling power and agility as the previous 3-litre V6 turbodiesel engine. In the acceleration phases, an additional 10 kW and 40 Newton metres are available ("over-torque"). As a result, V 250 d develops 150 kW and maximum torque of a full 480 Newton metres. The V 250 d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in an impressive 9.1 seconds. At the same time, it provides an extremely smooth ride and interior noise has been reduced significantly – among other things by means of comprehensive insulation.

        With significantly reduced fuel consumption from as low as 6.0 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres (157 g CO2/km) the four-cylinder turbodiesel requires 28 percent less fuel than the six-cylinder while maintaining the same standard of performance. Thanks to BlueTEC, V 250 d is also the first vehicle in the segment to comply with the Euro 6 emissions standard. The V 250 d is equipped as standard with the 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission with DIRECT SELECT lever and DIRECT SELECT shift paddles.

          Leading the field in aerodynamics and noise comfort

          Low drag is crucial to achieving outstanding efficiency. With a Cd figure of 0.31, the V-Class is the most aerodynamic vehicle in its segment. The level of noise and perceptible vibrations has a major influence on the sense of wellbeing in an automobile. Experts use the term NVH for this: Noise Vibration Harshness. Throughout the development period, the engineers at Mercedes-Benz showed an almost forensic fervour in investigating every possible source of noise and vibrations, so as to eliminate these with specific measures. As a result, thanks to new component concepts and comprehensive insulation 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.

            Modern style and high-class appeal

            The interior of the V-Class is a completely new MPV experience. And not only because it is pleasantly quiet. High-quality materials with a pleasant touch and feel and a harmonious colour concept, intricate details as well as a progressive and sensuous design idiom convey outstanding high-class appeal in the segment – and that hallmark "welcome home" feeling typical of Mercedes-Benz cars. Fine nappa leather is optionally available for the seats, steering wheel and shift lever. This inviting atmosphere of V-Class AVANTGARDE is rounded off by subtle ambient lighting in three colours: Neutral (White), Solar (Amber) and Polar (Ice Blue).

            A particular eye-catcher is the dynamically styled two-part dashboard. The upper and lower sections are separated by a large, three-dimensional trim element that creates an impression of width and underscores the high-class appeal. The lower section is sculptural in design. This emphasises the generous sense of space while also exuding a tangible lightness. For the first time in this class, a leather-look cockpit upper section with lavishly finished topstitching is optionally available.

              Other highlights include the free-standing central display, the multifunction steering wheel with 12 buttons and DIRECT SELECT lever with steering wheel shift paddles, 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. The touchpad is available in conjunction with equipment starting from the Audio 20 CD or COMAND Online.

              The optional Burmester® surround sound system with 16 high-performance loudspeakers, including a bass reflex loudspeaker, delivers the perfect listening experience. It provides exceptional surround sound, and in combination with COMAND Online allows technically supported front-to-rear voice amplification: where necessary to improve communication, a microphone in the overhead control panel transmits conversation between the driver and front passenger to the rear loudspeakers so that the passengers sitting further away can also hear them.

                A new dimension in comfort

                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 4-way standard lumbar support and optional 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. Also unique in this class of vehicles is the standard THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system. It has various ventilation modes to offer individual climate control. It features automatic pre-entry climate control at the touch of a button on the vehicle key, an integral demisting sensor and distribution of cooled air to the driver and front passenger sides, the intensity of which is automatically controlled by the position of the sun.

                  Numerous seating and loading configurations

                  The seating in the rear allows numerous configurations to meet any requirements. The MPV is standard equipped with two individual seats with armrests in rear seat first row, and three-passenger seats in rear seat second row. Thanks to the optimised seat rails with quick-release system, very little effort is required to move the individual seats and benches fore and aft or to position them as vis-à-vis seats. They can all be removed as well to create a loading area tailored to specific needs at any time.

                    Separately opening rear window and second loading level

                    For easy loading and unloading, the V-Class features another first in this segment in the shape of the separately opening rear windscreen attached to the upper tailgate frame. It can be opened and closed independently of the tailgate. This makes loading and unloading easier in two respects: on the one hand, it allows a second loading level; on the other – particularly in tight parking spaces – there is no need to open the large tailgate. The corresponding load-compartment organiser is easy to install and remove. It can bear up to 50 kilograms and has two recesses, each of which holds a removable and collapsible shopping basket. In both V-Class and V-Class AVANTGARDE, the separately opening rear windscreen including load-compartment organiser is a standard feature.

                    Another USP for the new V-Class: the tailgate is standard equipped with EASY-PACK tailgate, with convenient power opening and closing that can be stopped in any position. As a result even lightly built people have no difficulty in closing the tailgate.

                      Standard equipment: extensive and with stylish details

                      The new Mercedes-Benz MPV occupies the leading position in its segment thanks to 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 CD 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 sidebags, electric parking brake and active arrest for the rear sliding door and separately opening rear window with second loading level.

                      The V-Class AVANTGARDE design and equipment line features additional highlights as standard, such as leather seats, a leather steering wheel, ambient lighting, wood-look trim (also in the rear), LED High Performance headlamps with Intelligent Light System, and the AGILITY CONTROL suspension with selective damping system for even better agility and ride comfort.

                        The new Mercedes-Benz V-Class 7-seater MPV data at a glance:

                        Model V 250 d Long V 250 d Extra Long
                        No. of cylinders /arrangement In-line 4 diesel In-line 4 diesel
                        Transmissions 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7G-TRONIC PLUS
                        Total displacement (cc) 2,143 2,143
                        Rated output (hp/rpm) 190/ 3800 190/ 3800
                        Max torque (Nm at rpm) 440 / 1,400 – 2,400 440 / 1,400 – 2,400
                        Fuel consumption
                        Combined (l/100km)
                        6 6
                        CO2 emissions combined (g/km) 157 157
                        Emission standard EU 6 EU 6
                        Acceleration
                        0-100 km/h (s)
                        9.1 9.1
                        Top speed (km/h) 206 206
                        Length (mm) 5,140 5,370
                        Width (mm) 1,928 1,928
                        Height (mm) 1,874 - 1,936 1,878 – 1,942
                        Wheelbase (mm) 3,200 3,430
                        Gross Vehicle Weight (kg) 3,050 3,050
                        List Price in Hong Kong $717,500
                        (Avantgarde) $778,000
                        $728,000
                        (Avantgarde) $788,500