Mercedes-Benz India kicks off the new year with an entry into a new segment - the luxury people-mover space. The V-Class MPV will be launched shortly, as a CBU import, now that the government has allowed for 2,500 vehicles to be imported and sold in the country without local homologation. Mercedes-Benz' website calls the V-Class "the spacious sedan with a star" and that really is its unique selling point - being able to offer all the luxury one expects from a Mercedes, but with the ability to seat six/seven passengers in greater comfort than anything else in the portfolio. Follow this page for more details on the V-Class, right up to the moment its price is revealed.
The V 220d is powered by the same 2.1-litre engine and seven-speed automatic gearbox, as offered on the GLA 220d currently. In the V-Class, its BS6-compliant and outputs 163PS and 380Nm torque.
The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is priced at Rs 68.40 lakhs, ex-showroom for the Expression trims. The Exclusive trim costs Rs 81.9 lakhs.
Wondering what that wheelbase translates to in real life? Presenting the Mercedes BenzInd V-Class
The V-Class in its Expression trim carries a looong 3,433mm wheelbase and will seat 7 with third row being a bench. Safety? 6 airbags and Mercedes' suite of passive safety systems.
The boot can be accessed via a separately-opening glass window, or the electrically-operated tailgate.
The V-Class also allows passengers to rotate their seats 180 degrees and allow for a conference-like setup
Notable features are the 360 degree cameras, electric sliding doors, leather upholstery and trim, ambient lighting and air-bags for all occupants.
Interiors are typical Mercedes-Benz, with leather, wood and metal trim. A floating non-touch infotainment screen is controlled via the MB COMAND touch dial interface on the centre stack.
The underpinnings of the V-Class carries a design language from the previous generation of Mercedes cars. The LED headlamp unit is similar to the last-gen GLE SUV with a traditional three-slat grille. The V-Class lives up to its space-efficient design brief with a boxy, slab-sided profile. The rear is similarly straight-forward and comes with a pair of small upright LED tail-lamps
Wheelbase is a whopping 3,200mm to 3,430mm in length, depending on the variant. There are LWB and extra LWB versions available internationally
The MPV is available in a 2+2+2, 2+2+3 or a 2+3+3 combination internationally and the first two options should be made available here.
The history of the V-Class goes back to the line of Mercedes-Benz vans from prior to 2010, in the Vito and Vianos. The V-Class is actually derived from the latter when it was shelved in 2013.