Explore New Worlds in the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Campervan
Include the words ‘Westfalia’ and ‘van’ in the same sentence and you’ll likely have daydreams of rough-and-tumble VW Syncros crashing through underbrush and camping on mountaintops. We do at least. But the latest camper van graced by Westfalia hands isn’t even a Volkswagen at all, it’s a Mercedes. Meet the Marco Polo, Mercedes-Benz’s luxury take on classic campervanning. Named after Italian explorer Marco Polo, the Benz started out as a new V-Class van before being overhauled by Westfalia, which was absorbed by Daimler in 2001. The van sits and sleeps up to four people thanks to an electronically folding rear bench seat and a second mattress underneath the pop-top roof.
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When you’re not sleeping in the Marco Polo, you could be eating, or at least preparing your food. The van features a kitchenette equipped with two gas burners, a refrigerator, sink with 10-gallon reservoir, and a foldout worktop.
As you’d expect, the interior is up to typical Mercedes quality, complete with ambient LED lighting, wood, leather, and tinted privacy windows. Occupants can even take their seating outside with them thanks to a set of portable chairs and a table, normally stored within the luggage compartment when not in use.
The Marco Polo is powered by a choice of four-cylinder turbodiesel engines, ranging in power from 136hp to 190hp, with the highest-powered offering an additional ‘over-torque’ function to boost power by 13hp.
The adventure-ready Marco Polo goes on sale in Germany at the end of July, with no price currently announced.
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