Restyled Mercedes V-Class Is More Efficient And Luxurious Than Ever

Mercedes‘ latest V-Class has been redesigned as a more efficient and better equipped version of its former self. Changes include a new front bumper, new radiator grille, new exterior paints, redesigned air vents for the cabin and a more efficient engine range, among other things.

Order books are set to open in Europe starting with March 2019, and pricing in Germany kicks off at 36,990 euros ($42,347). Pricing for other markets has yet to be disclosed.

A more handsome exterior

According to the German automaker, this updated V-Class has a broader appearance and more visual presence thanks to its new front end design. Noticeable is the new bumper with its cooling air intakes, as well as the new diamond structure in the radiator grille. Customers who opt for the AMG Line version will even get chrome pins in the grille.

Other changes to the exterior include the new paint colors, such as graphite grey metallic or hyacinth red metallic, but also two new alloy wheel designs, one measuring 18-inches and the other 19-inches, the latter featuring a 10-spoke aesthetic with a high-sheen finish.

Meanwhile, the interior features new air vents with a sportier turbine look, as well as new instrument cluster dials. There is also a new color for the upholstery (Tartufo nappa leather), while Lugano leather and nappa leather (standard) are each available in black and silk beige.

As for passengers in the rear, they can enjoy luxurious accommodations, much like you would in an S-Class, with seats that offer a fully reclining function, back massage and climatisation – standard on the Exclusive line.

A more efficient powertrain

This year, you’ll be able to purchase a V-Class with a new four-cylinder OM 654 diesel engine in V 300d spec. It produces 239 PS (236 HP) and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque, and can even deliver an additional 30 Nm (22 lb-ft) under acceleration. In a straight line, the V 300d can get you from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds. The top speed is 137.5 mph (221 km/h).

Helping you get there is a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, which is said to increase shifting comfort and fuel efficiency, to go with the already improved noise and vibration characteristics of the new engine.

Safer than your average van

Getting behind the wheel of a new V-Class should be pretty safe, seen as how you benefit from features like the standard Crosswind Assist, Attention Assist, new Active Brake Assist and Highbeam Assist Plus (standard in the UK).

The latter is available for the first time in a V-Class, and allows the driver to “enjoy a permanent, broad illumination of the roadway without dazzling other road users.”

This facelift also applies to Mercedes-Benz campers and leisure vehicles, like the compact Marco Polo and Marco Polo Horizon. Going forward, interested parties will want to keep an eye out during this year’s Geneva Motor Show in March, where Mercedes-Benz Vans will provide an initial outlook on the electric future of its MPV with a study dubbed ‘Concept EQV’.


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  • Bash

    How many of these are sold every year?

    • driv3r

      64,000 units last year.

      • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

        In what countries?

        • driv3r

          Globally (all markets where the V-Class is sold. E.g. not the US but China).

          • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

            Now, I’m wondering what the difference is between the V-Class and the Metris. Because, visually on the exterior there is little difference. (we have the Metris in the US). I understand that one is more of a business vehicle, but otherwise, visually at least, they’re holding out lol That said, vans may not be the most popular thing at the moment, in the US anyway (though they aren’t a strange sight).

          • DMJ

            It’s just visually. I have been a passenger for both Vito Tourer and V-Class (usually V250d 4Matic fully optioned) and I can tell you that that “van” is an E-Class with a higher roof and 6/7 seats. Top quality materials, excelent seats and ride confort, quietness, and good looks. The Vito Tourer/Metris is a reliable and practical van to transport workers or tourists, with cheap plastics only made to last.
            The V-Class is used, as said, by hotels, high class shops or even to transport VIP’s. In Europe, basicly every music singer or actor is transported in a V-Class.

          • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

            Nevermind. The V-Class is called the Metris in the US…for some reason 😛

          • driv3r

            The Metris is the non-US Vito Tourer which itself is the passenger version of the commercial van Vito.
            The more luxurious, passenger car like V-Class differs from the Vito Tourer/Metris in terms of interior design, optional equipment such as panoramic roof, Nappa leather, ambient lighting and a different bumper and rim design on the exterior (such as optional AMG Line package).

          • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

            Ahhhhh. In that case, I return to my prior question/complaint. Why don’t they just go ahead? It’s not like most of it isn’t already here.

      • Bash

        Wow. That is actually not bad.

  • Christian Wimmer

    In Munich where I live, these are popular as taxis (also in LWB form) and with some luxury hotels as shuttles. These are also popular with private buyers, and the commercialized and cheapened version, the Vito, is also popular.

    The facelift looks good. I am just disappointed that MBNUX has not found its way into the V-Class or some recent MB cars (new G-Class etc.). But I suppose they need to redesign the entire interior for that application. I love using MBUX in my new A-Class, it’s incredibly practical and helpful and useful. Every car needs this! 🙂

  • S3XY

    That dashboard is clutterly atrocious

    • KAG25

      agreed, they just stuck the car dash on it, even the shifter is on at a weird angle.

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