The Mercedes-Benz V-Class which made its India debut just a few days ago, has received a facelift globally. Speaking of which, the update is noticeable only on the front fascia where there’s a new bumper which makes the van appear more wider.
The side and rear profiles are pretty much the same as the outgoing model. Joining the color palette are graphite grey metallic and selenite grey metallic, while there are two more optional colors called steel blue and hyacinth red metallic. As for the wheels, there are four light-alloy wheel designs ranging from 17- to 19-inches. As for personalization, Avantgarde and Exclusive lines continue to exist, while the AMG Line features a new diamond radiator grille with chrome pins.
While the interior layout of the V-Class facelift looks mostly similar to the outgoing model, there are new air vents inspired by the turbines, and new dials in the instrument cluster. As for the materials, a total of six different upholsteries in light and dark colours are available. The trim elements in the piano lacquer, ebony wood, carbon fibre and brushed aluminium have been retained.
As part of the facelift, the optional luxury seats for the first row of seats offer a fully reclining function, back massage and climatization. Passengers can choose from three different massage intensities and three climatization stages.
As we can see in the pictures, there are different options for the rear passengers. As standard, the MPV comes with four individual comfort seats in two rows.
As for the safety equipment, the V-Class can be ordered with Active Brake Assist for the first time. Other equipment includes Driving Assistance Package with Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Parking Assist with reversing camera and Active Parking Assist with 360° camera, Traffic Sign Assist, and Highbeam Assist Plus which is also an option.
The V-Class now gets OM654 diesel engine. In V 250d, the engine is tuned to produce 140 kW (188 bhp) and 440 Nm torque, while the V 300d offers 176 kW (236 bhp) and 500 Nm torque; the latter is claimed to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, thanks to an additional 30 Nm of torque (ECO boost) in the acceleration phase. It can reach a top speed of 220 km/h.
Transmission is a 9G-Tronic automatic. The V-Class comes as standard with rear-wheel drive but can optionally be equipped with 4Matic permanent all-wheel drive.
A fully-electric model will join the lineup at a later date. The Concept EQV is expected to make its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show.