Mercedes has introduced the new Marco Polo at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Based on the V-Class, the Marco Polo is a compact camper van that "sets new standards in perceived quality, stylish living and comfortable practicality."

While the exterior is instantly recognizable, the cabin has been significantly revised for family vacations. Notable highlights include fabric or leather seats, yacht-inspired wood flooring and porcelain-colored surfaces to create a sense of spaciousness. The model also has piano black trim, metallic accents and LED interior lighting.

Since the van is also a camper, it has been equipped with a sink, a refrigerator and a kitchenette with two gas burners. There's also a cupboard, a closet and adjustable folding tables.

The real coup de grâce is the two electrically adjustable rear seats which can be transformed into a bed at a push of a button. There's also a second bed - which is described as a high-quality foam mattress - in the pop-up roof compartment.

Under the hood, there's a variety of four-cylinder diesel engines. The entry-level Marco Polo 200 CDI produces 136 PS (100 kW) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque, while the 220 CDI churns out 163 PS (120 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. If that's not powerful enough, the range-topping engine produces 190 PS (140 kW) and 440 Nm (324 lb-ft) of torque but that figure can briefly increase to 204 PS (150 kW) and 480 Nm (353 lb-ft) of torque when accelerating.

The Marco Polo will go on sale in Germany on July 29th but there's no word on pricing.

Gallery: Mercedes Marco Polo introduced, based on the V-Class

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