The luxury van market in India never really took off, because, for most people, the Innova would suffice. However, there are some Toyota Commuters (HiAce) too and recently, I saw an Alphard at the basement parking of a luxury hotel.
It might be a niche segment in the country, but Mercedes-Benz wants to give it a shot. Which is why the V-Class is here in the market, priced at Rs 68.40 lakh for the V-Class Expression and Rs 81.90 lakh for the V-Class Exclusive. Prices are ex-showroom, Pan India. While the Exclusive has a wheelbase of 3,200 mm, the Expression is an extra long wheelbase model with a wheelbase measuring 3,430 mm.
Key features of the V-Class include LED headlamps with Intelligent Light System, 17-inch alloy wheels, Multifunction steering wheel with Nappa leather, Comfort seats in Nappa leather – Silk beige, Marron and Black, ambient lighting, electric sliding doors, table package, rear window opening with parcel shelf and shopping crates, and Agility Control suspension with selective damping system. The 7-seater Expressive line gets 230 mm longer wheelbase.
Thermotronic 2-zone automatic AC and rear AC control units are included as well. Options list includes Burmester sound system. Safety kit includes 6 airbags, Attention Assist, Active Parking Assist with 360-degree camera and Pre Safe.
Powering the V-Class in India is a 2.2-litre (2,143 cc) 4-cylinder BS-VI compliant diesel engine, producing 120 kW (161 bhp) at 3,800 rpm and 380 Nm of torque between 1,400 – 2,400 rpm. Transmission is a 7G-Tronic automatic. Apparently, the V-Class 220d accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h in 10.9 seconds.
There are 4 colors to choose from – Obsidian Black Metallic, Cavensite Blue Metallic, Mountain Crystal White Metallic and Brilliant Silver Metallic.
“The versatile V-Class is targeted at a wide array of potential customers comprising large families, sports enthusiasts and businesses,” said Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India.