Facelift for the Mercedes-Benz MPV
At a glance
The new V-Class: the most important facts
Four years ago, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class set benchmarks in the MPV segment with its design, its high-quality feel, its comfort and its safety and assistance systems and has since enjoyed a successful international career. The facelift builds upon these core values and thus improves the attractiveness of the biggest member of the Stuttgart-based brand's range of passenger vehicles. The compact Marco Polo and Marco Polo HORIZON campers and leisure vans also benefit from the full scope of the innovations implemented on the V-Class. What's more, Mercedes-Benz Vans is taking the next step in this segment and will soon be offering a fully-electric MPV.
Design and comfort
Driving dynamics and efficiency
Safety and assistance systems
The future is electric
The new V-Class: the successful model just got even more attractive
In 2015, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class UK premiere saw a completely new approach to design, value appeal, comfort and safety being introduced into the MPV segment. The concept went on to be a true success: a sales record in 2018 with some 64,000 units, one of the youngest buyer groups at Mercedes-Benz and successful launches in other markets, especially in Asia. At the start of 2019, India was the latest V-Class market to be added to the equation. And the facelift will now make for a refreshing feel to the already successful model. Focal points include a re-styled and striking front-end design, as well as the introduction of the OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine generation – with the V 300 d reaching the new top value of 176 kW (239 hp) (combined fuel consumption 44.9mpg-47.9mpg, combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1. Plus, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission is available for the first time, while safety and assistance systems, among them Active Brake Assist, have been brought up to the latest technological level. The new V-Class can be ordered in Europe from March 2019. Prices in Germany start from 36,990 euros (including 19 percent VAT). Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz Vans is continuing to evolve its eDrive@VANs electrification strategy and will soon be offering a fully-electric MPV.
New design and even greater comfort
The style and value appeal of the V-Class leads the way in the MPV segment. The V-Class designers in Stuttgart have used a series of targeted measures to give the MPV a new look which follows the design idiom of the current Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. The new V-Class has a broader appearance and an even stronger visual presence thanks to its new front end. This comes courtesy of a new bumper design with striking cooling air inlets and a new diamond structure in the radiator grille. The Mercedes star is positioned centrally in the radiator grille and framed by two slats in silver. The personalisation concept with the Sport line, and new to the UK, the Exclusive line, while the AMG Line will become visually more powerful: it features a new diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and thus delivers a sporty note.
New paint colours such as graphite grey metallic expand the spectrum of the well-received black/white tones. With the new colour hyacinth red metallic, the new V-Class also optionally makes an especially emotive statement. At the same time, the two new light-alloy wheel designs ensure a powerful and avantgarde appearance. They include 18-inch light-alloy wheels in tremolite grey with a high-sheen finish and 5-spoke design. At the upper end of the new wheels portfolio are black-painted 19-inch 10-spoke light-alloy wheels with a high-sheen finish.
In the interior, too, the designers have been busy, transposing the interior design philosophy of the current Mercedes-Benz passenger car models into the new V-Class. The interior of the new V-Class follows the trend of modernity and clarity. In line with the facelift, the V-Class facelift presents itself with new air vents in a sportier turbine look as well as new dials in the instrument cluster. Thanks to the reduced design, drivers can orientate themselves much more simply. The new upholstery and equipment colour tartufo nappa leather makes a modern and elegant statement. With Lugano leather and nappa leather (nappa leather comes as standard), each are available in black and silk beige. The trim elements in ebony wood, carbon fibre and brushed aluminium looks remain.
As part of the facelift, rear passengers can enjoy an especially comfortable space. The luxury seats for the first row of seats are a real treat and, just like in the S-Class, they offer a fully reclining function, back massage and climatisation (standard with the Exclusive line).
New engine, new transmission – powerful and efficient
In line with the facelift, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class will be equipped with the four-cylinder OM 654 diesel engine. With the new best values in its segment – the V 300 d with 176 kW (239 hp) and 500 Nm torque (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km (44.9mpg-47.9mpg), combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1.
In the acceleration phase, the V 300 d can briefly deliver an additional 30 Nm of torque ("overtorque") in addition to its 500 Nm of torque. The V 300 d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 137.5 mph.
The new engine generation is even more efficient and clean and offers further improved noise and vibration characteristics. It is pleasantly quiet inside the vehicle and annoying vibrations have been reduced.
Among the innovative characteristics of the new engine generation are the combination of an aluminium housing and steel pistons, the stepped recess combustion process and NANOSLIDE® cylinder wall coating for reducing friction within the engine. How efficient these measures are can be seen on the basis of the fuel savings of up to 13 percent.
The majority of components relevant to reducing emission are directly installed on the engine. The integrated technological approach comprising a new stepped recess combustion process, dynamic multiway exhaust gas recirculation and close-coupled exhaust gas aftertreatment facilitates low consumption with low emissions. Thanks to the near-engine, insulated position of the components, the exhaust-gas aftertreatment system enjoys low heat loss and advantageous working conditions. The measures include:
The facelift will also see the V-Class optionally equipped with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission for the first time. The particularly comfortable and efficient converter automatic transmission replaces the 7G-TRONIC and is available as standard in the UK. The driver can use the DYNAMIC SELECT switch to select the drive programs "Comfort" and "Sport" and thus influence the shifting behaviour. Alternatively, "M" mode allows the driver to shift manually using the DIRECT SELECT steering wheel gearshift paddles.
All engine variants of the new V-Class are equipped as standard with rear-wheel drive.
New V-Class, even safer
With the standard feature Crosswind Assist, the driver receives support in keeping the V-Class on track even in the case of heavy crosswinds. Meanwhile, ATTENTION ASSIST which was introduced in the V-Class four years ago put the V-Class in a league of its own for safety standards in its segment. And the facelift model continues to build on this position.
In this respect, the new Active Brake Assist can now detect the risk of a collision with a vehicle driving in front and initially initiates a visual and acoustic warning. If the driver reacts, Active Brake Assist increases the brake pressure to suit the requirements of the situation. If the driver fails to react, the system initiates autonomous braking. In urban traffic the Active Brake Assist also reacts to stationary obstacles or pedestrians crossing. In this way, accidents can be avoided or, at the very least, the consequences thereof reduced.
Another new safety feature is Highbeam Assist Plus (standard in the UK) which is available for the first time in the V-Class. In main-beam mode, Highbeam Assist Plus allows the driver to enjoy a permanent, broad illumination of the roadway without dazzling other road users. In the event of vehicles in front or oncoming traffic, the LEDs of the main-beam module are partially deactivated and thus create a U-shaped cut-out in the cone of light. The remaining areas of the roadway continue to be illuminated with the main-beam headlamps (partial main beam).
Facelift also for Mercedes-Benz campers and leisure vehicles
Be it in terms of style or value appeal, performance and efficiency or safety, the Marco Polo family based on the V-Class will also benefit from the entire scope of the first facelift to the Mercedes-Benz MPV at the same time as the base model. The compact Marco Polo and Marco Polo HORIZON campers and leisure vehicles also feature the new front-end design, the new paint colours and light-alloy wheels, as well as the new air vents and upholsteries. They are joined by the new diesel engine with a new peak of 176 kW (239 hp) (combined fuel consumption is 41.6mpg-46.3mpg, combined CO2 emissions 180-160 g/km)1 as well as Active Brake Assist and Highbeam Assist Plus.
Expansion of the eDrive@VANs strategy
In the MPV segment, Mercedes-Benz Vans will soon be taking the next step and will be the first premium manufacturer to offer a fully-electric model. Thus Mercedes-Benz Vans will consistently expand its comprehensive eDrive@VANs strategy. With the eVito already available and the eSprinter due for market launch in the second half of 2019, the range of fully-electric vehicles will then be extended to include a model series for private use.
Mercedes-Benz Vans will provide an initial outlook on the electric future of its MPV at the Geneva International Motor Show with the near-series study „Concept EQV“, which will celebrate its premiere there.
Mercedes-Benz management on the new V-Class
"With the introduction of the V-Class five years ago, we showed that a stylish and dynamic presence is also possible in XXL format. In doing so, we were able to convince families, leisure adventurers and business customers alike – from Europe right across to Asia. Proof of this can be found in the 209,000 or so V-Class units that have been sold since its market launch as well as in the fact that the vehicle has one of the youngest buyer groups across Mercedes-Benz. At the beginning of 2019, we'll be continuing this success story. With the facelift, we're building on the strengths of our MPV in a targeted manner. And we'll soon also make the next big statement in this segment by expanding our portfolio with a fully electric MPV."
Wilfried Porth, Member of the Daimler AG Board of Management for Human Resources and Director of Labour Relations at Mercedes-Benz Vans
"With targeted adjustments, we've given the V-Class a new look. On the outside, it has greater presence thanks to the new front design and on the inside, it makes a statement of sensual purity." Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Daimler AG
"In line with the facelift, the V-Class will receive the Mercedes-Benz OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine. This is an especially efficient and clean unit. The new V-Class is even more dynamic with its new top engine, the V 300 d. It's truly the benchmark in the segment."3
Dr Ulf Zillig, Head of Development at Mercedes-Benz Vans
The MPV from Mercedes-Benz: a look back in time
In 2014, Mercedes-Benz became the benchmark in the MPV sector with the V-Class bringing together elegance and functionality in a single package. Since then, it has gone on to appeal to a diverse range of target groups. Since its premiere in 2014 around 209,000 V-Classes have been sold, and last year the V-Class achieved a sales record, with some 64,000 units sold. Contributing factors to its success are continuous improvements and updates to the product, including the addition of new variants and equipment options. The Mercedes-Benz MPV has also seen its worldwide popularity becoming more established over the course of the past five years – including in the big Asian markets like Japan and China.
Four customer groups in focus
The Mercedes-Benz V-Class combines a dynamic and elegant appearance with its XXL format. The biggest member of the Stuttgart-based passenger car family brings together space for up to eight people and an intelligent load space concept with the value appeal and comfort traditionally associated with cars from the brand with the three-pointed star. And thus, the vehicle appeals to a broad spectrum of customer groups:
Success thanks to the right basic concept and constant expansion of the product offering
Since its market launch in 2014, the V-Class has enjoyed a successful history. In total around 209,000 vehicles have been sold so far. Last year some 64,000 units were sold – a new best. From January to December sales were up by 7.7 percent. The MPV was particularly sought-after among customers in Germany and China; the biggest increase on the previous year was achieved in China.
Besides its well-suited basic concept the continual and targeted expansion of the product portfolio has contributed to the success of the V-Class. Customers also benefited from a growing number of possibilities to personalise their Mercedes MPV:
The V-Class as a part of the "Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global" strategy
Since its launch in 2014, it isn't just the European market which the V-Class has conquered. From November 2015 onwards, the vehicle has also been available on the Japanese and Middle Eastern markets. In the spring of 2016, it was introduced in China – tailored to the desires and requirements of the Chinese customers. Hong Kong followed in 2018. And the internationalisation doesn't stop there: in January 2019, the V-Class was also launched in India for the first time, too.
The V-Class is thus an important building block in the global "Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global" growth strategy. In line with the "Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global" strategy, Mercedes-Benz Vans has three main approaches: market strategies for global expansion, product strategies for continual development and differentiation of the product portfolio, as well as the future-oriented initiative adVANce, as part of which the development and commercialisation are combined on the basis of customer-friendly, comprehensive transport and mobility solutions.
The V-Class is produced in Vitoria. The Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria is the international Centre of Competence for Mercedes-Benz Vans vehicles of the mid segment.
The new V-Class: new design and even greater comfort
Style and value appeal of the Mercedes-Benz MPV are ground-breaking in the segment – and a major contributing factor to its success to date. By means of a series of targeted adjustments, the designers in Stuttgart have now given the V-Class a new look as part of its facelift. The model finds design inspiration from the current Mercedes-Benz passenger car model series – for example with: an even more present front design as well as new colours and materials. A further highlight of the new V-Class comes in the form of the luxury seats in the rear which offer a special spa-like experience.
New front design with high recognition value
Thanks to its new front end, the new V-Class has a broader appearance and an even stronger visual presence. This comes courtesy of a new bumper design with striking cooling air inlets and a new diamond structure in the radiator grille. The Mercedes star is positioned centrally in the radiator grille and framed by two slats in silver. In this way, the new V-Class presents itself as a member of the current generation of the Mercedes-Benz passenger car family. The personalisation concept with the attractive Sport line and Exclusive line (new to the UK) continue to exist, while the AMG Line will become visually more powerful: besides the familiar bumper with AMG bodystyling, it now features a new diamond radiator grille with chrome pins. The AMG Line thus instantaneously demonstrates its sportiness and dynamism.
On the sides, the design of the new V-Class remains unchanged compared with the predecessor. It is made up of two drawn and taut lines. Concave and convex surfaces interplay with one another, forming a sculpted and sensual character. Both lines continue the prominent contours of the new front bumper, and rise gently towards the rear. Accordingly, the side view appears stretched and
continues the dynamism of the new front design. An optional chrome trim strip on the window line further emphasises this impression. A harmonious conclusion is formed by the proven, attractively styled rear lamps featuring LED technology. Standard in the UK, the rear end design is further highlighted by means of a chrome trim element on the lower edge of the rear window.
New paint colours and light-alloy wheels
The new V-Class now has two new paint colours to show off. While graphite grey metallic expands the palette of black and white tones, the hyacinth red metallic so popular in the Mercedes-Benz passenger car range makes for a highly emotive highlight.
The light-alloy wheels available for the MPV have also been given a restyling as part of the facelift. The following are available with the new V-Class: a black-painted and high-sheen finish 19-inch light-alloy wheel with 10-spoke design as well as two 18-inch light-alloy wheels with either a 5-twin-spoke design in tremolite grey and with a high-sheen finish or a 5-spoke design in black with a high-sheen finish. The design of this light-alloy wheel is not just striking and avantgarde, it is also especially aerodynamic and thus serves to reduce the cd value of the V-Class even further.
Interior in new colours and materials
The interior of the new V-Class follows the trend of modernity and clarity. In line with the facelift, the V-Class facelift presents itself with new air vents in a more sporty turbine look familiar from the A-Class as well as new dials in the instrument cluster. Thanks to the reduced design, drivers can orientate themselves much more simply. The new upholstery and equipment colour tartufo nappa leather, as familiar from the E-Class and G-Class models, now also makes a modern and elegant statement in the new V-Class. With Lugano leather and nappa leather (standard in the UK), each available in black and silk beige, a total of three different upholsteries in light and dark colours is available. Modern and elegant can also be used to describe the new trim element in twin-stripe look which is used on the instrument panel and in the side trim elements. The trim elements in the piano lacquer, ebony wood, carbon fibre and brushed aluminium looks remain.
Luxury seats are a new, comfortable highlight
Comfort oblige in the MPV segment. To date, the V-Class has impressed passengers with such comforts as the biggest panoramic sliding roof in the segment, a broad centre console with integrated coolbox and LED-illuminated temperature-controlled cup holders or discreet ambient lighting with three colours and five dimming levels available. And with the new V-Class, passengers in the first rear row of seats can now also enjoy a further optional highlight. As in the S-Class, optionally available luxury seats (standard in Exclusive edition) with fully reclining function, back massage and climatisation now also pamper vehicle occupants. Passengers can choose from three different massage intensities and three climatisation stages. A journey in the new V-Class as a VIP shuttle thus feels more like a spa treatment after a stressful flight or business meeting.
Variable and simple loading and unloading of the new V-Class is made possible by means of a separately opening rear window, load space divider and the electric EASY-PACK tailgate – a true gain in comfort, be it for use as a shuttle, for a trip to the supermarket with the family or when transporting bulky sports equipment (standard in the UK).
Almost unlimited seating configurations and flexible luggage space
The seating in the rear of the new V-Class continues to allow a multitude of configuration options for the most varied of requirements. As standard, the MPV comes with four individual comfort seats in two seat rows which comes with 2 luxury seats. Sport and AMG line vehicles come as standard with the eight seat option and a seven seat version featuring a folding table is available optionally. The Exlcusive edition features only six seats.
The new V-Class: new engine, new transmission
With the four-cylinder OM 654 engine and the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission now being available for the first time, the new V-Class doesn't just feature visual modifications. The new V-Class delivers even more dynamic driving than the previous model and, in the V 300 d model with the top engine output variant of 176 kW (239 hp), it stands at the top of the podium in the MPV segment (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, (44.9mpg – 47.9mpg) combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1 What's more, thanks to the new engine generation, it is also more efficient and clean than before, offering an improved level of noise and vibration comfort.
Even more driving dynamism thanks to new diesel engine generation
As part of the facelift, the new V-Class can be equipped with the four-cylinder engine from the OM 654 family, which offers two-litre displacement in output stages including the following:
In the acceleration phase, the V 300 d can briefly deliver an additional 30 Nm of torque ("overtorque") in addition to its 500 Nm of torque. The V 300 d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 137mph.
OM 654: less consumption and further-developed noise and vibration comfort
In line with the facelift, the V-Class will receive the OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine. This is the first time that the stepped recess combustion process will be used in the Mercedes-Benz MPV. Its name refers to the shape of the combustion pocket in the piston. The weight of the new four-cylinder diesel engine was able to be reduced by 17 percent in comparison with the predecessor. The displacement is now just two litres instead of the previous 2.15 litres and the cylinder spacing is now shorter at 90 mm compared to 94 mm previously.
In comparison to the previous model, the new engine consumes less fuel, this saving is up to 13 percent2. This comes thanks to the airflow guidance at the intake and exhaust sides as well as the implementation of fourth-generation common-rail injection with pressures of up to 2500 bar. Above all, the internal friction was able to be reduced by 25 percent. This was achieved by means of:
Additionally, the new engine delivers further improved noise and vibration comfort. It is pleasantly quiet inside the vehicle and annoying vibrations have been reduced.
Exhaust emissions: Euro 6d-TEMP norm
The OM 654 has been manufactured such that it fulfils the future emissions regulations (RDE – Real Driving Emissions) and the Euro 6d-TEMP norm. The majority of components relevant to effectively reducing emissions are directly installed on the engine. The integrated technological approach comprising a new stepped recess combustion process, dynamic multiway exhaust gas recirculation and close-coupled exhaust gas aftertreatment facilitates low consumption with low emissions. Thanks to the near-engine, insulated position of the components, the exhaust-gas aftertreatment system enjoys low heat loss and advantageous working conditions. The measures include:
The new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission – comfortable and efficient
Suited to the new engine generation, the new V-Class will, for the first time, feature the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. The particularly comfortable and efficient converter automatic transmission replaces the 7G-TRONIC and is available as standard in the V 300 d (combined fuel consumption (44.9mpg-47.9mpg) combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km)1. The driver can use the DYNAMIC SELECT switch to select the drive programs "Comfort" and "Sport" and thus influence the shifting behaviour. Alternatively, "M" mode allows the driver to shift manually using the DIRECT SELECT steering wheel gearshift paddles.
Above all, the 9G-TRONIC stands out thanks to its lower weight and the reduced amount of installation space which it requires. It features a patented gear set concept with four planetary gear sets and six shift elements. Nine gears make possible an especially broad ratio spread which starts at 9.15. The torque converter's high operating efficiency of 92 percent is in part due to the needs-based supply of oil by means of a highly efficient vane pump and electrical auxiliary pump. Exemplary drive comfort is ensured by the twin-turbine torsional damper with centrifugal pendulum and the torque converter lock-up clutch with return spring. An innovative component comes in the form of the transmission's main shaft featuring three deep-drilled holes.
At a glance: extract from the engine range of the new V-Class
|V 300 d|
|No. of cylinders/arrangement||4/in-line|
|Rated output (kW/hp)||176/239|
|Rated torque (Nm)||500|
|Add. torque from ECO Boost||30|
|Combined consumption (l/100 km)1||44.9mpg-47.9mpg|
|Combined CO2 emissions (g/km)1||165-154|
|Emission class||Euro 6d-TEMP|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)||7.9|
|Top speed (km/h)||220|
Three chassis variants for the most varied of requirements
The new V-Class continues to be available in three different chassis versions. Their characteristics range from relaxed comfort to sporty dynamism:
The new V-Class: even safer
Journeys are best enjoyed when they come accompanied with a calming sense of feeling safe. With Crosswind Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST among the standard equipment, five years ago the V-Class redefined safety standards in this segment. And the facelift takes this position a step further with the new Active Brake Assist and Highbeam Assist Plus systems.
New V-Class now brakes to a standstill if a collision threatens
For the first time ever, the V-Class can be ordered with Active Brake Assist (comes as standard in the UK). Active Brake Assist detects when there is a risk of collision with a vehicle travelling in front and initially emits a visual and acoustic warning. If the driver reacts, Active Brake Assist increases the brake pressure to suit the requirements of the situation. If there is no reaction, the system initiates an autonomous application of the brakes. In urban traffic the Active Brake Assist also reacts to stationary obstacles or pedestrians crossing. It thus makes a definitive contribution towards avoiding accidents or, at the very least, reducing their severity. Active Brake Assist is available both as an individual item of optional equipment and as part of Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC or the Driving Assistance Package.
Equally new in the V-Class: Highbeam Assist Plus (standard in the UK). In main-beam mode, Highbeam Assist Plus allows the driver to enjoy a permanent, broad illumination of the roadway without dazzling other road users. In the event of vehicles in front or oncoming traffic, the LEDs of the main-beam module are partially deactivated and thus create a U-shaped cut-out in the cone of light. The remaining areas of the roadway continue to be illuminated with the main-beam headlamps (partial main beam).
An overview of further safety and assistance systems
Further safety and assistance systems in the new Mercedes-Benz MPV include:
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1 Details of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined by the technical service for the certification process according to the WLTP test process and correlated in NEDC values. EC type approval and conformity certification with official figures are not yet available. Discrepancy between the data and the official values is possible.
2 Information refers to V 250 d (140 kW), rear-wheel drive, automatic, left-hand drive.
3 V 250 d (combined fuel consumption 6.3-5.9 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 165-154 g/km), V 300 d (fuel consumption combined (44.9-47.9mpg), combined CO2 emissions 165-154 g/km). The stated fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures are provisional, were determined by the technical service for the certification process in accordance with the WLTP test procedure and correlated as NEDC figures. No EC type approval or certificate of conformity with official figures is yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.