The new Mercedes-Benz V-Class passenger van is on its way to Australia, with pricing and details revealed today ahead of a July launch.
Unveiled in January last year, the three-row V-Class debuted as a replacement for the big Viano people-mover.
Available to order now, the new V-Class arrives in one well-equipped model grade: the V 250 BlueTec AvantGarde, priced from $85,500.
Power in the V 250 is provided by a 140kW/440Nm 2.1 litre four-cylinder turbo diesel, the most powerful of three tunes available with this engine overseas.
The 2.1 litre diesel also boasts an ‘overtorque’ feature that increases those numbers by 10kW and 40Nm under acceleration.
The Euro 6 engine - a level of emissions compliance that Mercedes claims is a first for the segment - is matched to a seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission with Direct Select shift paddles behind the steering wheel.
Mercedes claims a 0-100km/h time of 9.1 seconds in the big van, and fuel consumption figures of 6.3 l/100km. (Although both figures are likely rated without a full complement of passengers and cargo on board.)
Standard features include Lugano leather trim, multi-function steering wheel controls, the COMAND infotainment system with satellite navigation and 16 speakers.
There’s also a 360-degree camera, Distronic Plus proximity control and Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring and Crosswind Assist.
The Theromtronic air-conditioning system also features GPS location connectivity, so that it can close exterior cabin-air intakes when entering tunnels, while also activating the air recirculation function.
Australia’s V-Class rides on a 3200mm wheelbase - the middle of three wheelbases available in Europe - and measures 4895mm long overall, giving it the same wheelbase but an overall shorter length than the 5008mm Viano it replaces.
The big passenger van can be configured in six-, seven- or eight-seat layouts, and it also boasts an ‘Easy-Pack’ powered tailgate with a window that can be opened independently of the tailgate itself.
“With the new V-Class we are expanding the Mercedes-Benz premium passenger car range with a saloon for up to eight people”, Mercedes chairman Dr Dieter Zetsche says.
“Functionality is a must for an MPV. Comfort and style are the icing on the cake. The new V-Class combines both in a way no other vehicle in this segment can offer.”
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- V 250 BlueTec AvantGarde - $85,500