A Mercedes-Benz V-Class and next-gen Vito test group was spotted somewhere in southern Europe during the final testing phase, ahead of an early 2014 launch.

A Mercedes-Benz V-Class and next-gen Vito test group was spotted somewhere in southern Europe during the final testing phase, ahead of an early 2014 launch.

Unlike previous prototypes, these ones feature significantly less camouflage and give us a better idea about what to expect in terms of exterior styling. Mercedes-Benz already showed the improved interior cabin of the V-Class (Viano successor) back in November and now they are almost ready to show the car in full.

The V-Class is tipped to be an R-Class replacement and will be sold by Mercedes-Benz in their passenger car showrooms. Rumors are suggesting it will only be offered with four-cylinder engines that will work coupled to a seven-speed 7G TRONIC PLUS automatic gearbox. In addition, the V-Class will benefit from the company's latest assistance systems and will be offered with an extensive list of optional features.

Both models have chances of reaching United States following the success of the Sprinter. The next-gen Vito and V-Class will be officially revealed in the first part of next year.

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