Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV to launch in India on January 24
The Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV is set to launch in India on January 24. The V-Class is a large MPV aimed mainly at high-end fleet operators like hotels and commercial enterprises. This generation of the V-Class has been on sale internationally since 2014 and will come to India as a CBU. Prices are expected to be around the Rs 75 lakh mark.
The underpinnings of the V-Class are derived from the Vito panel van and 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 LE tail-lamps
The MPV is available in a 2+2+2, 2+2+3 or a 2+3+3 combination internationally and a last two options should be made available here. The interiors borrow a lot of components from the pre-facelift C-Class, as seen with the infotainment screen and controls, AC vents. The steering wheel and instrument cluster are also borrowed from previous Mercedes cars. Other notable features are the 360 degree cameras, electric sliding doors, leather upholstery and trim, ambient lighting and air-bags for all occupants.
The international-spec MPV also gets a 4matic AWD option but the Indian variant should most likely be RWD. No details are available on engine options yet but the 2.0 litre diesel from the C 220d seems most likely, given that it meets the upcoming BSVI norms. This motor puts out 194PS and 400 Nm in the C-Class and is mated to a nine-speed auto.
Given the brand image that Mercedes-Benz enjoys in India, it is easy to forget that international the firm is a notable player in the commercial segment. The V-Class is unique in how it straddles the line between these to aspects of the brand. The MPV should be functional and efficient while also providing most of cosseting feel of Mercedes-Benz cars.
Starts Rs 31.72 Lakhs
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