U Spy: New Mercedes-Benz V-Class Minivan Spotted, May Fill in for the R-Class

The clock is ticking for Mercedes-Benz’s all-new V-Class that will make its first appearance in front of an international crowd at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show this March before going on sale in Europe later this year. 

The brand with the star has already shown us the minivan’s vastly upgraded and more luxurious interior through an official batch of photos, and now, Carscoops’ reader Marco C. kindly shared these spy shots of a lightly disguised prototype he recently snapped in Germany.

“I grabbed my camera and took a few pictures of the vehicle in Stuttgart when I was walking home from work last week,” Marco told us in an email, adding, “Thank you guys for your good work. I’ve been a reader for years and I guess now it’s time to ‘give something back’.” Well, thank you Marco; it’s always a pleasure to have quality readers who contribute to the site!

Getting back to the new V-Class that replaces both the Viano and Vito passenger and light commercial van models, the exterior design of the MPV comes with a no-frills boxy shape, but the front and rear ends will get a more modern styling influenced by Mercedes‘ latest passenger cars.

The interior also brings to mind other Benz cars like the new C-Class dashboard, with the automaker also spiffing up the rest of the cabin, which accommodates 6 passengers seated in individual captain-chairs in the version previewed in the official photos, and more people on regular models.

Recent reports bring Mercedes-Benz officials thinking about offering the new V-Class for sale in North America from next year, as a spacious alternative to the R-Class that was discontinued last year.

Thanks to Marco for sharing the spy pics!

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