New V-Class has broad appeal

The new Mercedes Benz V-Class has been given a thorough make over. It will have top end equipment and comfort levels, and will appeal to a broad range of customes.

The new Mercedes Benz V-Class has been given a thorough make over. It will have top end equipment and comfort levels, and will appeal to a broad range of customes.

Known previously as the Viano, the new V-Class now has a vastly more distinctive and more stylish exterior appearance, improved interior spaciousness, a host of technical and safety enhancements, plus a number of high-class features that raise it beyond the purely practical and into the realm of luxury one normally associates with mainstream Mercedes-Benz models.

High on the list of those interested in the V-Class will be large families with pets and paraphernalia that need to be transported. Another target will be that growing band of adventurers and outward-bound types who head out of our cities at weekends and whose recreational pursuits are filled surf boarding, sailing, hang gliding and mountain scaling.

For them, V-Class is a true multi-purpose vehicle with oodles of room inside for passengers and cargo, plus plenty of length and lateral space above for luggage boxes and rooftop racking.

Another interested market will be made up of hotels, school bus and bed and breakfast owners, shuttle service operators, health and remedial service providers and the occasional business person whose need is for an office space that is truly mobile.

Top of list

For all of these, the new V-Class will top the calling list. Amongst its many features is an extensive range of safety items and innovative driver assist elements that use radar, camera and ultrasonic sensors to deliver a result.

There are features that warn the driver against drowsiness, inattention and the effects of crosswinds plus an array of systems that help with braking, blind spot, parking and 360-degree collision prevention assist.

As standard, the vehicle is equipped with four individual luxury seats (with armrests) that can be folded forward intuitively to allow easy access. All rear seats can be fully removed to optimize space.

A fully integrated infotainment and multimedia system with 80GB capacity includes optional surround sound, DVD player, internet access, apps usage, photorealistic mapping and real time traffic info.

Other elements that underline its versatility as a people carrier include a versatile seating arrangement with centre table seating, fore/aft swivel adjustment and full clip-in/clip-out seat removal plus 4-way lumbar support, discreet ambient lighting and a 12-button multifunction steering wheel.

The range

The model range comprises three 2-litre, 4-cylinder TDI engine versions (V200 CDI, V220 CDI and V250 BlueTEC in automatic transmission only) plus a choice of three body lengths – Compact, Long and Extra Long.

Though exact prices and model details will not be known until closer to launch date, Mercedes-Benz sales manager in Ireland, Ciaran Allen said that a figure tagged closely to the current version could be anticipated.

“Despite its improved design, enhanced specifications and numerous technical advancements, we expect to introduce the new V-Class at prices no more than modestly above current levels,” he said.