A new front fascia has a broad intake, or an AMG Line option provides a sporty look.

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class and Marco Polo campers receive a refresh that gives the vans a revised face, updated interior, new engines, and cutting-edge driver assistance tech. The models go on sale in Europe in March 2019 for a starting price in Germany of 36,990 euros ($42,355 at current exchange rates), including the country's 19 percent VAT.

The new front end makes the V-Class appear wider by incorporating a broad inlet in the lower fascia. Bracket-shaped chrome trim gives the piece a visual flourish. An optional AMG Line package adds a shiny, single-bar grille and a fascia with three intakes to lends the van a sportier look.

There are minor changes to the interior where the V-Class has redesigned air vents and new trim. There are lots of new options, too, that let buyers add lots of luxury to the van. For example, Nappa and Lugano leather are available. The accent material choices include piano lacquer, ebony wood, carbon fiber, and brushed aluminum. 

Drivers should have a more comfortable time behind the wheel thanks to new assistance tech. Optional Active Brake Assist initially makes an audible warning before automatically stopping the van. There's also the Highbeam Assist Plus for automatically dipping the lights when necessary.

Mercedes also updates the powertrain range by introducing the new V300d model. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel produces 236 horsepower (176 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque. During hard acceleration, the powerplant enters an overboost phase to increase torque by an extra 22 lb-ft (30 Nm). It comes with a nine-speed automatic and standard rear-wheel drive, although all-wheel drive is an option.

Mercedes also says an electric version of the Metris is on the way, and the Concept EQV debuting in Geneva should provide a preview of what to expect from the production model.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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Facelift for the Mercedes-Benz MPV

January 2019
 
The new V-Class – the successful model just got even more attractive


At a glance

The new V-Class: the most important facts

Five years ago, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class set benchmarks in the MPV segment with its design, its high-quality feel, its comfort and its safety
and assistance systems and has since enjoyed a successful international career. The facelift builds upon these core values and thus improves the attractiveness of the biggest member of the Stuttgart-based brand's range
of passenger vehicles. The compact Marco Polo and Marco Polo HORIZON campers and leisure vans also benefit from the full scope of the innovations implemented on the V-Class. What's more, Mercedes-Benz Vans is taking the next step in this segment and will soon be offering a fully-electric MPV.

Design and comfort

·       New presence and an impression of breadth thanks to newly designed bumper with striking cooling air intake and diamond structure of the radiator grille

·       Available as an option, the AMG Line features a new diamond radiator grille with chrome pins which both make for a still more sporty appearance

·       Four new paint colours as well as four new light-alloy wheel designs will also be available

·       There's a new-look interior thanks to new trim elements with double stripe look, newly designed air vents in sporty turbine look and the new "tartufo" leather colour

·       Optimal luxury seats in the rear enhance the range of seats in the MPV and pamper occupants with berth function, back massage and climate control


 

Driving dynamics and efficiency

·       The four-cylinder OM 654 diesel with reduced emission and consumption values and further improved noise and vibration characteristics is being used for the first time in the V-Class

·       New top engine in the V 300 d with 176 kW (239 hp) and 500 Nm torque delivers the best values in the MPV segment (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1. In the acceleration phase, the V 300 d can briefly
deliver an additional 30 Nm of torque ("overtorque")

·       For the first time in the V-Class, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission will be available to increase shifting comfort
and fuel efficiency

Safety and assistance systems

·       The multifaceted range of safety and assistance systems will become more comprehensive with the facelift

·       Available for the first time, Active Brake Assist can, depending on the situation, reduce the severity of a collision with a vehicle in front, stationary obstacles and pedestrians crossing the vehicle's path (in urban traffic) or it can even prevent them from occurring altogether

·       New Highbeam Assist Plus makes it possible to drive with the
main-beam headlamps permanently active and only switches to dipped-beam mode when the situation requires

The future is electric

·       Mercedes-Benz Vans will soon be the first premium manufacturer to offer a fully-electric MPV

·       Consistent expansion of the eDrive@VANs strategy to also include model series for private use

·       Near-series study „Concept EQV“ celebrates its premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2019


 

Short version

The new V-Class: the successful model just got even more attractive

In 2014, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class premiere saw a completely new approach to design, value appeal, comfort and safety being introduced into the MPV segment. The concept went on to be a true success: proof of this can be found in the 209,000 or so V-Class units that have been sold since its market launch in 2014, a sales record in 2018 with some 64,000 units, one of the youngest buyer groups at Mercedes-Benz and successful launches in other markets, especially in Asia. At the start of 2019, India was the latest V-Class market to be added to the equation. And the facelift will now make for a refreshing feel to the already successful model. Focal points include a re-styled and striking front-end design, as well as the introduction of the OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine generation – with the V 300 d reaching the new top value of 176 kW (239 hp) (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1. Plus, 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
can be ordered in Europe from March 2019. Prices in Germany start from 36,990 euros (including 19 percent VAT). Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz Vans is continuing to evolve its eDrive@VANs electrification strategy
and will soon be offering a fully-electric MPV.

 

New design and even greater comfort

The style and value appeal of the V-Class lead the way in the MPV segment. The V-Class designers in Stuttgart have used a series of targeted measures
to give the MPV a new look which follows the design idiom of the current Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. The new V-Class has a broader appearance
and an even stronger visual presence thanks to its new front end. This comes courtesy of a new bumper design with striking cooling air inlets and a
new diamond structure in the radiator grille. The Mercedes star is positioned centrally in the radiator grille and framed by two slats in silver. The personalisation concept with the attractive AVANTGARDE and EXCLUSIVE lines continue to exist, while the AMG Line will become visually more powerful: it features a new diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and
thus delivers a sporty note.

New paint colours in graphite grey metallic and selenite grey metallic
expand the spectrum of the well-received black/white tones. Equally new is
the optional paint colour steel blue. With the new colour hyacinth red metallic, the new V-Class also optionally makes an especially emotive statement. At
the same time, the four new light-alloy wheel designs ensure a powerful and avantgarde appearance. They 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.

In the interior, too, the designers have been busy, transposing the interior design philosophy of the current Mercedes-Benz passenger car models into
the new V-Class. The interior of the new V-Class follows the trend of modernity and clarity. In line with the facelift, the V-Class facelift presents itself with new air vents in a more sporty turbine look as well as new dials in the instrument cluster. Thanks to the reduced design, drivers can orientate themselves much more simply. The new upholstery and equipment colour tartufo nappa leather makes a modern and elegant statement. With Lugano leather and nappa leather, each available in black and silk beige, not to mention Santos black fabric, a total of six different upholsteries in light and dark colours is available. Modern and elegant can also be used to describe the new trim element in
twin-stripe look which is used on the instrument panel and in the side trim elements. The trim elements in the piano lacquer, ebony wood, carbon fibre and brushed aluminium looks remain.

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. A journey in the new V-Class as a VIP shuttle thus feels more like a spa treatment after a stressful flight or business meeting.

New engine, new transmission – powerful and efficient

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:

·       The V 250 d with 140 kW (190 hp) and 440 Nm torque (combined
fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1

·       And – with new best values in its segment – the V 300 d with 176 kW (239 hp) and 500 Nm torque (combined fuel consumption
6.3-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1

In the acceleration phase, the V 300 d can briefly deliver an additional 30 Nm of torque ("overtorque") in addition to its 500 Nm of torque. The V 300 d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 220 km/h.

The new engine generation is even more efficient and clean and offers further improved noise and vibration characteristics. It is pleasantly quiet inside the vehicle and annoying vibrations have been reduced.

Among the innovative 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. How efficient these measures are can be seen on
the basis of the fuel savings of around 13 percent which the new V 250 d can boast in comparison with its predecessor model2.

The majority of components relevant to reducing emission are directly
installed on the engine. The integrated technological approach comprising
a new stepped recess combustion process, dynamic multiway exhaust gas recirculation and close-coupled exhaust gas aftertreatment facilitates low consumption with low emissions. Thanks to the near-engine, insulated
position of the components, the exhaust-gas aftertreatment system enjoys
low heat loss and advantageous working conditions. The measures include:

·       High and low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation including cooling

·       A diesel oxidation catalytic converter (DOC) reduces the carbon monoxide (CO) emissions and unburnt hydrocarbons (HC)

·       A particle filter with SCR catalytic converter functionality (sDPF)

·       An SCR catalytic converter (Selective Catalytic Reduction) for reducing nitrous oxides. Plus, ammonia is mixed into the exhaust gas upstream
of the sDPF in the form of AdBlue®

·       An additional Selective Catalytic Reduction catalytic converter (SCR) with ammonia slip catalyst (ASC) in the exhaust gas duct

The facelift will also see the V-Class optionally equipped with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission for the first time. The particularly comfortable and efficient converter automatic transmission replaces the 7G-TRONIC and
is available as standard for the V 300 d (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1 and V 250 d (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1. The driver can use the DYNAMIC SELECT switch to select the drive programs "Comfort" and "Sport" and thus influence the shifting behaviour. Alternatively, "M" mode allows the driver to shift manually using the DIRECT SELECT steering wheel gearshift paddles.

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 this way, the new V-Class can still move agilely on various types of terrain. The vehicle height remains under the two-metre mark even when equipped with all-wheel drive. Thus the new V-Class doesn't lose any of its daily usability and can still fit in regular garages as well as multi-storey and underground car parks problem-free.

New V-Class, even safer

With the standard feature Crosswind Assist, the driver receives support in keeping the V-Class on track even in the case of heavy crosswinds. Meanwhile, ATTENTION ASSIST which was introduced in the V-Class five years ago put the V-Class in a league of its own for safety standards in its segment. And the facelift model continues to build on this position.

In this respect, 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).

Facelift also for Mercedes-Benz campers and leisure vehicles

Be it in terms of style or value appeal, performance and efficiency or safety,
the Marco Polo family based on the V-Class will also benefit from the entire scope of the first facelift to the Mercedes-Benz MPV at the same time as the base model. The compact Marco Polo and Marco Polo HORIZON campers and leisure vehicles also feature the new front-end design, the new paint colours and light-alloy wheels, as well as the new air vents and upholsteries. They
are joined by the new diesel engine with a new peak of 176 kW (239 hp) (combined fuel consumption 6.8-6.1 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 180-160 g/km)1 as well as Active Brake Assist and Highbeam Assist Plus.


 

Expansion of the eDrive@VANs strategy

In the MPV segment, Mercedes-Benz Vans will soon be taking the next step and will be the first premium manufacturer to offer a fully-electric model. Thus Mercedes-Benz Vans will consistently expand its comprehensive eDrive@VANs strategy. With the eVito already available and the eSprinter due for market launch in the second half of 2019, the range of fully-electric vehicles will
then be extended to include a model series for private use.

Mercedes-Benz Vans will provide an initial outlook on the electric future of
its MPV at the Geneva International Motor Show with the near-series study „Concept EQV“, which will celebrate its premiere there.


 

Mercedes-Benz management on the new V-Class

"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. Proof of this can be found in the 209,000 or so
V-Class units that have been sold since its market launch as well as in the fact that the vehicle has one of the youngest buyer groups across Mercedes-Benz. 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.
And we'll soon also make the next big statement in this segment by
expanding our portfolio with a fully electric MPV."
Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG.
Human Resources and Director of Labor Relations, Mercedes-Benz Vans

"With targeted adjustments, we've given the V-Class a new look. On the outside, it has greater presence thanks to the new front design and on the inside, it makes a statement of sensual purity."
Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Daimler AG

"In line with the facelift, the V-Class will receive the Mercedes-Benz OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine. This is an especially efficient and clean unit. By way of example, in the V 250 d output variant, the fuel savings are greater
than ten percent in comparison to the predecessor model2. At the same time the new V-Class is even more dynamic with its new top engine, the V 300 d. It's truly the benchmark in the segment."3
Dr Ulf Zillig, Head of Development at Mercedes-Benz Vans


 

Long version

The MPV from Mercedes-Benz: a look back in time

In 2014, Mercedes-Benz became the benchmark in the MPV sector with the
V-Class bringing together elegance and functionality in a single package. Since then, it has gone on to appeal to a diverse range of target groups.
Since its premiere in 2014 around 209,000 V-Classes have been sold, and
last year the V-Class achieved a sales record, with some 64,000 units sold. Contributing factors to its success are continuous improvements and updates to the product, including the addition of new variants and equipment options. The Mercedes-Benz MPV has also seen its worldwide popularity becoming more established over the course of the past five years – including in the big Asian markets like Japan and China.

Four customer groups in focus

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class combines a dynamic and elegant appearance
with its XXL format. The biggest member of the Stuttgart-based passenger
car family brings together space for up to eight people and an intelligent load space concept with the value appeal and comfort traditionally associated with cars from the brand with the three-pointed star. And thus, the vehicle appeals to a broad spectrum of customer groups:

·       Families with two or more children who place value on an active family life, leisure time and a good work-life balance

·       People who place importance on active leisure activities and the need for a vehicle to transport the most varied types of sports and outdoor equipment

·       Providers of luxurious VIP and hotel shuttle vehicles, who wish to offer their guests a comfortable journey

·       Business owners who need their vehicle both for private use and for work purposes, and for whom the V-Class also serves as their calling card


 

Success thanks to the right basic concept and constant expansion of the product offering

Since its market launch in 2014, the V-Class has enjoyed a successful
history. In total around 209,000 vehicles have been sold so far. Last year
some 64,000 units were sold – a new best. From January to December sales were up by 7.7 percent. The MPV was particularly sought-after among customers in Germany and China; the biggest increase on the previous
year was achieved in China.

Besides its well-suited basic concept the continual and targeted expansion of the product portfolio has contributed to the success of the V-Class. Customers also benefited from a growing number of possibilities to personalise their Mercedes MPV:

·       Since 2015, 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive has been available

·       Since 2016, the V-Class has featured the biggest panoramic roof in this segment, plus the range also saw the introduction of the AMG Line, the V-Class EXCLUSIVE and further comfort-enhancing equipment such as the centre console with integrated coolbox and temperature-controlled cup holders

·       Equally available since 2016 are Mercedes me connect services.
With these, customers can use their smartphone, tablet or PC to connect with their V-Class at any time, provided they have an internet connection. Services the customer can use include the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system, accident and maintenance management or the real-time traffic service

·       Since 2017, the V-Class is available in conjunction with the "Night Package" option which features black design accents

·       There are also a number of different special models available,
including the V-Class Night Edition from 2018

The V-Class as a part of the "Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global" strategy

Since its launch in 2014, it isn't just the European market which the V-Class has conquered. From November 2015 onwards, the vehicle has also been available on the Japanese and Middle Eastern markets. In the spring of 2016,
it was introduced in China – tailored to the desires and requirements of the Chinese customers. Hong Kong followed in 2018. And the internationalisation doesn't stop there: in January 2019, the V-Class was also launched in India for the first time, too.

The V-Class is thus an important building block in the global "Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global" growth strategy. In line with the "Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global" strategy, Mercedes-Benz Vans has three main approaches: market strategies for global expansion, product strategies for continual development and differentiation of the product portfolio, as well as the future-oriented initiative adVANce, as part of which the development and commercialisation are combined on the basis of customer-friendly, comprehensive transport and mobility solutions.

The V-Class is produced in Vitoria, Spain and as part of the joint venture Fujian Benz Automotive Corporation in Fuzhou, China. The Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria is the international Centre of Competence for Mercedes-Benz Vans vehicles of the mid segment.


 

The new V-Class: new design and even greater comfort

Style and value appeal of the Mercedes-Benz MPV are ground-breaking
in the segment – and a major contributing factor to its success to date. By means of a series of targeted adjustments, the designers in Stuttgart have now given the V-Class a new look as part of its facelift. The model finds design inspiration from the current Mercedes-Benz passenger car model series – for example with: an even more present front design as well as
new colours and materials. A further highlight of the new V-Class comes
in the form of the luxury seats in the rear which offer a special spa-like experience.

New front design with high recognition value

Thanks to its new front end, the new V-Class has a broader appearance and an even stronger visual presence. This comes courtesy of a new bumper design with striking cooling air inlets and a new diamond structure in the radiator grille. The Mercedes star is positioned centrally in the radiator grille and framed by two slats in silver. In this way, the new V-Class presents itself as
a member of the current generation of the Mercedes-Benz passenger car family. The personalisation concept with the attractive AVANTGARDE and EXCLUSIVE lines continue to exist, while the AMG Line will become visually more powerful: besides the familiar bumper with AMG bodystyling, it now features a new diamond radiator grille with chrome pins. The AMG Line
thus instantaneously demonstrates its sportiness and dynamism.

On the sides, the design of the new V-Class remains unchanged compared with the predecessor. It is made up of two drawn and taut lines. Concave and convex surfaces interplay with one another, forming a sculpted and sensual character. Both lines continue the prominent contours of the new front bumper, and rise gently towards the rear. Accordingly, the side view appears stretched and continues the dynamism of the new front design. An optional chrome trim
strip on the window line further emphasises this impression. A harmonious conclusion is formed by the proven, attractively styled rear lamps featuring LED technology. Upon request, the rear end design can be further highlighted by means of a chrome trim element on the lower edge of the rear window.

New paint colours and light-alloy wheels

The new V-Class now has four new paint colours to show off. While graphite grey metallic and selenite grey metallic expand the palette of black and white tones, the hyacinth red metallic so popular in the Mercedes-Benz passenger car range makes for a highly emotive highlight. Equally new is the optional paint colour steel blue.

The light-alloy wheels available for the MPV have also been given a restyling as part of the facelift. The following are available with the new V-Class: a black-painted and high-sheen finish 19-inch light-alloy wheel with 10-spoke design as well as two 18-inch light-alloy wheels with either a 5-twin-spoke design in tremolite grey and with a high-sheen finish or a 5-spoke design in black with
a high-sheen finish. Plus, a 17-inch black-painted and high-sheen finish light-alloy wheel in 5-twin-spoke design is also newly available. The design of this light-alloy wheel is not just striking and avantgarde, it is also especially aerodynamic and thus serves to reduce the cd value of the V-Class even further.

Interior in new colours and materials

The interior of the new V-Class follows the trend of modernity and clarity. In line with the facelift, the V-Class facelift presents itself with new air vents in
a more sporty turbine look familiar from the A-Class as well as new dials in
the instrument cluster. Thanks to the reduced design, drivers can orientate themselves much more simply. The new upholstery and equipment colour tartufo nappa leather, as familiar from the E-Class and G-Class models, now also makes a modern and elegant statement in the new V-Class. With Lugano leather and nappa leather, each available in black and silk beige, not to mention Santos black fabric, a total of six different upholsteries in light and dark colours is available. Modern and elegant can also be used to describe the


 

new trim element in twin-stripe look which is used on the instrument panel and in the side trim elements. The trim elements in the piano lacquer,
ebony wood, carbon fibre and brushed aluminium looks remain.

Luxury seats are a new, comfortable highlight

Comfort oblige in the MPV segment. To date, the V-Class has impressed passengers with such comforts as the biggest panoramic sliding roof in
the segment, a broad centre console with integrated coolbox and LED-illuminated temperature-controlled cup holders or discreet ambient lighting with three colours and five dimming levels available. And with the new
V-Class, passengers in the first rear row of seats can now also enjoy a further optional highlight. As in the S-Class, optionally available luxury seats with fully reclining function, back massage and climatisation now also pamper vehicle occupants. Passengers can choose from three different massage intensities and three climatisation stages. A journey in the new V-Class
as a VIP shuttle thus feels more like a spa treatment after a stressful flight
or business meeting.

Variable and simple loading and unloading of the new V-Class is made possible by means of the familiar optionally-available separately opening rear window, load space divider and the electric EASY-PACK tailgate – a true gain in comfort, be it for use as a shuttle, for a trip to the supermarket with the
family or when transporting bulky sports equipment.

Almost unlimited seating configurations and flexible luggage space

The seating in the rear of the new V-Class continues to allow a multitude of configuration options for the most varied of requirements. As standard, the MPV comes with four individual comfort seats in two seat rows. Upon request, between the individual seats, a folding table can also be installed. Alternatively to the individual seat for the first rear row of seats, a two-seater bench seat with two-piece folding backrest is available, not to mention a three-seater bench seat with two-piece seat cushion and three-piece backrest. The outer right-hand seat of the three-seater bench seat can be folded forwards or

separately removed and the whole bench seat can be folded in order to make space for large luggage. This bench seat is also optionally available for the second row of seats. Anyone who wishes to have the possibility of sleeping in the V-Class can also order the rear seat row with a comfort berth three-seater bench seat.


 

The new V-Class: new engine, new transmission

With the four-cylinder OM 654 engine and the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission now being available for the first time, the new V-Class does not just feature visual modifications. The new V-Class delivers even more dynamic driving than the previous model and, in the V 300 d model with the top engine output variant of 176 kW (239 hp), it stands at the top of the podium in the MPV segment (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1. What's more, thanks to the new engine generation, it is also more efficient and clean than before, offering an improved level of noise and vibration comfort.

Even more driving dynamism thanks to new diesel engine generation

As part of the facelift, the new V-Class can be equipped with the four-cylinder engine from the OM 654 family, which offers two-litre displacement in output stages including the following:

·       The V 250 d with 140 kW (190 hp) and 440 Nm torque (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1

·       The V 300 d with 176 kW (239 hp) and 500 Nm torque; this represents a new top value in the segment (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1

In the acceleration phase, the V 300 d can briefly deliver an additional 30 Nm of torque ("overtorque") in addition to its 500 Nm of torque. The V 300 d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 220 km/h.

All output stages of the V-Class come as standard with rear-wheel drive but
can optionally be equipped with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive. Thus, the V-Class can move around with ease on the most varied types of terrain – be it in inner-city traffic or when heading out into nature. The vehicle height also remains under the two-metre mark even when equipped with all-wheel drive.


 

Thus the V-Class does not lose any of its day-to-day usability and can still fit
in regular garages as well as multi-storey and underground car parks problem-free.

OM 654: less consumption and further-developed noise and vibration comfort

In line with the facelift, the V-Class will receive the OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine. This is the first time that the stepped recess combustion
process will be used in the Mercedes-Benz MPV. Its name refers to the
shape of the combustion pocket in the piston. The weight of the new four-cylinder diesel engine was able to be reduced by 17 percent in comparison with the predecessor. The displacement is now just two litres instead of the previous 2.15 litres and the cylinder spacing is now shorter at 90 millimetres compared to 94 millimetres previously.

In comparison to the previous model, the new engine consumes less fuel – for example, in the V 250 d output stage, this saving is around 13 percent2. This comes thanks to the airflow guidance at the intake and exhaust sides as well as the implementation of fourth-generation common-rail injection with pressures of up to 2500 bar. Above all, the internal friction was able to be reduced by 25 percent. This was achieved by means of:

·       Flat steel pistons with innovative stepped recesses and a long connecting rod

·       NANOSLIDE® coating of the cylinder walls

·       Offset of the crank assembly

·       Reduction of the displacement

·       A comprehensive range of measures, e.g. in camshaft operation

Additionally, the new engine delivers further improved noise and vibration comfort. It is pleasantly quiet inside the vehicle and annoying vibrations have been reduced.


 

Exhaust emissions: Euro 6d-TEMP norm

The OM 654 has been manufactured such that it fulfils the future emissions regulations (RDE – Real Driving Emissions) and the Euro 6d-TEMP norm. The majority of components relevant to effectively reducing emissions are directly installed on the engine. The integrated technological approach comprising
a new stepped recess combustion process, dynamic multiway exhaust gas recirculation and close-coupled exhaust gas aftertreatment facilitates low consumption with low emissions. Thanks to the near-engine, insulated
position of the components, the exhaust-gas aftertreatment system enjoys
low heat loss and advantageous working conditions. The measures include:

·       High and low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation including cooling

·       A diesel oxidation catalytic converter (DOC) reduces the carbon monoxide (CO) emissions and unburnt hydrocarbons (HC)

·       A particle filter with SCR catalytic converter functionality (sDPF)

·       An SCR catalytic converter (Selective Catalytic Reduction) for reducing nitrous oxides. Plus, ammonia is mixed into the exhaust gas upstream of the sDPF in the form of AdBlue®

·       An additional Selective Catalytic Reduction catalytic converter (SCR) with ammonia slip catalyst (ASC) in the exhaust gas duct

The new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission – comfortable and efficient

Suited to the new engine generation, the new V-Class will, for the first time, feature the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. The particularly comfortable and efficient converter automatic transmission replaces the 7G-TRONIC and
is available as standard in the V 300 d (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1 and in the V 250 d (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1. The driver can use the DYNAMIC SELECT switch to select the drive programs "Comfort" and "Sport" and thus influence the shifting behaviour. Alternatively, "M" mode allows the driver to shift manually
using the DIRECT SELECT steering wheel gearshift paddles.

Above all, the 9G-TRONIC stands out thanks to its lower weight and the reduced amount of installation space which it requires. It features a patented gear set concept with four planetary gear sets and six shift elements. Nine gears make possible an especially broad ratio spread which starts at 9.15.
The torque converter's high operating efficiency of 92 percent is in part due
to the needs-based supply of oil by means of a highly efficient vane pump and electrical auxiliary pump. Exemplary drive comfort is ensured by the twin-turbine torsional damper with centrifugal pendulum and the torque converter lock-up clutch with return spring. An innovative component comes in the
form of the transmission's main shaft featuring three deep-drilled holes.

At a glance: extract from the engine range of the new V-Class

 
V 250 d
V 250 d 4MATIC
V 300 d
V 300 d 4MATIC
Transmission
9G-TRONIC
9G-TRONIC
9G-TRONIC
9G-TRONIC
No. of cylinders/arrangement
4/in-line
4/in-line
4/in-line
4/in-line
Displacement (cc)
1951
1951
1951
1951
Rated output (kW/hp)
140/190
140/190
176/239
176/239
Rated torque (Nm)
440
440
500
500
Add. torque from ECO Boost


30
30
Combined consumption (l/100 km)1
6.3-5.9
6.8-6.5
6.3-5.9
6.8-6.5
Combined CO2 emissions (g/km)1
165-154
180-171
165-154
180-171
Emission class
Euro 6d-TEMP
Euro 6d-TEMP
Euro 6d-TEMP
Euro 6d-TEMP
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)
9.5
10.2
7.9
8.3
Top speed (km/h)
205
199
220
214

Three chassis variants for the most varied of requirements

The new V-Class continues to be available in three different chassis versions. Their characteristics range from relaxed comfort to sporty dynamism:

·       The comfort suspension ensures pleasant driving behaviour with low noise levels despite good driving dynamics

·       The AGILITY CONTROL suspension with selective damping system combines agility with very high levels of driving comfort

·       The sports suspension impresses drivers with high driving dynamics
and agility


 

The new V-Class: even safer

Journeys are best enjoyed when they come accompanied with a calming sense of feeling safe. With Crosswind Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST among the standard equipment, five years ago the V-Class redefined safety standards in this segment. And the facelift takes this position a step further with the new Active Brake Assist and Highbeam Assist Plus systems.

New V-Class now brakes to a standstill if a collision threatens

For the first time ever, the V-Class can be ordered with Active Brake Assist. Active Brake Assist detects when there is a risk of collision with a vehicle travelling in front and initially emits a visual and acoustic warning. If the driver reacts, Active Brake Assist increases the brake pressure to suit the requirements of the situation. If there is no reaction, the system initiates
an autonomous application of the brakes. In urban traffic the Active Brake Assist also reacts to stationary obstacles or pedestrians crossing. It thus
makes a definitive contribution towards avoiding accidents or, at the very
least, reducing their severity. Active Brake Assist is available both as an individual item of optional equipment and as part of Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC or the Driving Assistance Package.

Equally new in the V-Class: Highbeam Assist Plus. 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).


 

An overview of further safety and assistance systems

Further safety and assistance systems in the new Mercedes-Benz MPV include:

·       Driving Assistance Package with Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Brake Assist and the preventive occupant protection system PRE-SAFE®

·       The Lane Tracking package comprising Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist

·       Active Parking Assist with reversing camera and Active Parking Assist with 360° camera - make searching for a parking space easier, and also manoeuvring into and out of end-on and parallel parking spaces

·       Traffic Sign Assist points out signposted speed restrictions as well as no-entry and no-overtaking restrictions detected by the system


Further information about Mercedes-Benz is available online: www.media.daimler.com and www.mercedes-benz.com

1 The stated fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures are provisional, were determined by the technical service for the certification process in accordance
with the WLTP test procedure and correlated as NEDC figures. No EC type approval
or certificate of conformity with official figures is yet available. There may be
differences between the stated figures and the official figures.

2 Information refers to V 250 d (140 kW), rear-wheel drive, automatic, left-hand drive.

3 V 250 d (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 165-154 g/km), V 300 d (fuel consumption combined 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km). The stated fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures are provisional, were determined by the technical service for the certification process in accordance with the WLTP test procedure and correlated as NEDC figures. No EC type approval or certificate of conformity with official figures is yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.