The Mercedes-Benz V Class changed the game in the MPV segment by introducing the absolute pinnacles of luxury from its saloon cars to this category – and, despite the high cost, it has worked with 209 000 sold since the launch back in 2014.
Now, it is time for a facelift where focal points include a re-styled front-end design, as well as the introduction of the OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine generation – with the V 300d reaching the new top value of 176 kW.
Additionally, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is available for the first time, while safety and assistance systems, among them Active Brake Assist, have been brought up to the latest technological level.
The new V-Class has a broader appearance and a stronger visual presence thanks to its new front end. This comes courtesy of a new bumper design with cooling air inlets and a new diamond structure in the radiator grille.
At the same time, the four new light-alloy wheel designs are added that include 5-twin-spoke 17-inch light-alloy wheels painted in black with a high-sheen finish as well as 18-inch light-alloy wheels in tremolite grey with a high-sheen finish and 5-twin-spoke design or in black with a high-sheen finish and 5-spoke design.
At the upper end of the new wheels portfolio are black-painted 19-inch 10-spoke light-alloy wheels with a high-sheen finish.
The interior of the new V-Class gains new air vents in a more sporty turbine look as well as new dials in the instrument cluster.
As part of the facelift, rear passengers can enjoy an especially comfortable space. The optionally available luxury seats for the first row of seats are a real treat and, just like in the S-Class, they offer a fully reclining function, back massage and climatisation.
In line with the facelift, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class will be equipped with the four-cylinder OM 654 diesel engine in output variants including the following:
1. The V 250 d with 140 kW and 440 Nm torque (combined fuel consumption 6,3 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165 g/km)
2. The V 300 d with 176 kW and 500 Nm torque (combined fuel consumption 6,3 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165 g/km)
Among the characteristics of the new engine generation are the combination of an aluminium housing and steel pistons, the stepped recess combustion process and Nanoslide cylinder wall coating for reducing friction within the engine.
The facelift will also see the V-Class optionally equipped with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission for the first time. The automatic transmission replaces the 7G-TRONIC and is available as standard for the V 300 d.
All engine variants of the new V-Class are equipped as standard with rear-wheel drive, but 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive is available as an option.
In terms of safety, the new Active Brake Assist can now detect the risk of a collision with a vehicle driving in front and initially initiates a visual and acoustic warning. If the driver reacts, Active Brake Assist increases the brake pressure to suit the requirements of the situation. If the driver fails to react, the system initiates autonomous braking. In urban traffic the Active Brake Assist also reacts to stationary obstacles or pedestrians crossing. In this way, accidents can be avoided or, at the very least, the consequences thereof reduced.
Another new safety feature is the optional Highbeam Assist Plus which is available for the first time in the V-Class. In main-beam mode, Highbeam Assist Plus allows the driver to enjoy a permanent, broad illumination of the roadway without dazzling other road users. In the event of vehicles in front or oncoming traffic, the LEDs of the main-beam module are partially deactivated and thus create a U-shaped cut-out in the cone of light. The remaining areas of the roadway continue to be illuminated with the main-beam headlamps (partial main beam).
“With the introduction of the V-Class five years ago, we showed that a stylish and dynamic presence is also possible in XXL format. In doing so, we were able to convince families, leisure adventurers and business customers alike – from Europe right across to Asia. At the beginning of 2019, we’ll be continuing this success story. With the facelift, we’re building on the strengths of our MPV in a targeted manner,” says Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG.