Benz V-Class redefines MPV

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Mercedes-Benz Vans are available in three variants across the region – Standard, Avantgarde and Exclusive

MERCEDES-Benz Vans has placed the spotlight at this year’s Dubai International Motor Show on its V-Class, a model that has redefined the MPV. The V-Class has been exceptionally well received in the region with MENA retail sales for 2017 (January to October) already delivering approximately a 40% increase over 2016.

As the largest member of the passenger car family, the V-Class has set new benchmarks in its segment with its superior design and host of innovations. With capacity for up to eight people, the vehicle combines exemplary functionality with high-class appeal, efficient driving pleasure and a five star safety rating that distinguishes automobiles bearing the three-pointed star. This makes the Mercedes V-Class the perfect vehicle for those who appreciate great spaciousness, but do not want to sacrifice style and comfort.

The V-Class is offered in three variants: Standard, Avantgarde and Exclusive. A particularly luxurious variant of the MPV is the V-Class Exclusive. With an incomparably high level of exclusive equipment and appointments, it raises style, comfort and functionality of the V-Class to an even higher level and marks the pinnacle of the model series. The V-Class AvantGarde option includes the option of an Exterior Sports package and an Interior Design package, and a range of other extras.

For the first time in this segment, Mercedes-Benz is also offering the AMG Line equipment package, enabling the new MPV to be individualized to suit any taste and requirement. As a result, the model meets a wide variety of customer needs and is just as attractive for families as it is for people who need a variable and spacious interior for their leisure and sports activities. Even more than that, it is ideally suited to use as a luxurious VIP or hotel shuttle.

“The demand across the region for the V-Class has significantly exceeded forecasts for 2017, and confirms our global strategy in establishing this new segment combining luxury travel and exceptional functionality,” said Thomas Greipel, General Manager, Mercedes-Benz Vans MENA. “V-Class models sold in our region also enjoy additional enhancements to ensure peak performance despite the heat, dust and local fuel quality conditions. There is no need therefore to compromise on performance or comfort in a vehicle that accommodates an MPV sized passenger requirement, thanks to the V-Class.”

Even at first glance the V-Class is unmistakably a member of the Mercedes-Benz passenger car family and sets an emotional highlight in its segment.

The new V-Class demonstrates that an elegant and dynamic appearance is also possible in size XXL. The V-Class is a versatile, multitalented vehicle that offers value, efficiency and safety at the highest level. As a result it is addressing a completely new customer group – among them those who are in need of a generous amount of space but never wanted to drive an MPV because style, a sense of well-being and also ride comfort have so far been lacking in this segment.

A high level of driving comfort and an exemplary standard of safety are ensured by a total of ten innovative driver assistance systems. They are based on state-of-the-art radar, camera and ultrasound sensors, which were introduced in the E-Class and S-Class under the name “Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive”. Standard equipment includes Crosswind Assist, which helps the driver to stabilise the V-Class in strong, gusting crosswinds, and Attention Assist, which can warn of inattention and drowsiness. An available option is Active Parking Assist. It makes parking the new MPV as easy and convenient as parking a compact car.

Also optionally available are the 360° camera, Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control with Collision Prevention Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, the LED Intelligent Light System and Adaptive Highbeam Assist. Most of these assistance systems are available in this segment for the first time.

The Pree-Safe system, familiar from the passenger car models, is available as an optional extra to further enhance safety. When an accident threatens, it initiates protective measures to ensure that the belts and airbags offer optimum protection during a collision.

To enhance personal driving pleasure, the V-Class is the only vehicle in its segment to offer the Agility Select function in conjunction with the automatic transmission. At the push of a button the driver can select from four driving modes: economical, comfortable, sporty and manual. Engine, accelerator and transmission response are then adapted accordingly. — SG

The interior of the V-Class is a completely new MPV experience. And not only because it is pleasantly quiet. High-quality materials with a pleasant touch and feel and a harmonious colour concept, intricate details as well as a progressive and sensuous design idiom convey outstanding high-class appeal in the segment – and that hallmark “welcome home” feeling typical of Mercedes-Benz cars. Fine nappa leather is also available for the seats, steering wheel and shift lever. This inviting atmosphere is rounded off by subtle ambient lighting in three colours.

in comfort and variability with a host of innovations. The Mercedes-Benz MPV is the only vehicle in the segment to offer optional 4-way lumbar support and active seat ventilation with reversing fans to ensure a consistent relative humidity at the contact area with the leather seat for driver and front passenger. Also unique in this class of vehicles is the enhanced Thermotronic automatic climate control system, which is available in addition to the standard-fit Tempmatic system. It has various ventilation modes to offer individual climate control. The Focus, Medium and Diffuse climate modes have distinct settings for air flow and distribution. Even for hot climate regions, the V-Class climate control system ensures pleasant temperatures both in the front and in the rear part of the vehicle due to its enhanced cooling capacity. With additional optional extras like air-conditioned front and rear seats, large panoramic roof, iPad holders in rear and LED-illuminated thermo cup holders and the large centre console with integral cooler compartment, the V-Class makes all passengers feel as comfortable as in their living rooms.

The seating in the rear allows numerous configurations to meet any requirements. As standard, the MPV is equipped with four individual luxury seats with armrests in two seat rows. Thanks to improved technology and operating logic, they can be folded forward intuitively to afford fast and easy access to the rear. As an option, a folding table can be installed between the single seats.

As an alternative to the individual seats, a two-passenger bench seat with two-piece, individually folding backrest, or a three-passenger bench seat with two-piece seat cushion and three-piece backrest is available for both rear rows. The outer right-hand seat of the three-seater bench can be folded forward or taken out separately. The entire bench can be folded forward to create space for large items, such as sports equipment or newly purchased furniture. Like the individual seats, all bench seats are fitted with integral three-point seat belts. — SG


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