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Mercedes-Benz V-Class: Large as Life

Mercedes-Benz is redefining the Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) segment with the new V-Class. As the youngest and largest member of the passenger car family from Mercedes-Benz, the V-Class sets new benchmarks in its segment with its design and host of innovations.

The new V-Class combines room for up to eight people and exemplary functionality with high-class appeal, comfort, efficient driving enjoyment and safety. Whether travelling with a tour group, shuttling guests from airport to hotel, or chauffeuring celebrities to red carpet events – the new V-Class provides optimum flexibility when it comes to use of the luxurious interior.

With the three equipment lines: V-Class Standard, V-Class BlueTEC and V-Class BlueTEC AVANTGARDE, an Exterior Sports package and an Interior Design package available for each line, and a host of optional extras, the new MPV can be individualised to suit any taste and requirement.

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Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive – exemplary safety.
A high level of driving comfort and an exemplary standard of safety are ensured by innovative driver assistance systems. They are based on state-of-the-art radar, camera and ultrasound sensors. Standard equipment includes Crosswind Assist, which helps to stabilise the V-Class in strong crosswinds, Attention Assist, which warns the driver of inattention and drowsiness, and Active Parking Assist, which makes parking as easy and convenient as parking a compact car.
Further optional features available include: 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.
To further enhance safety, the Pre-Safe® system is available as standard on the V250 BlueTEC and V250 BlueTEC AVANTGARDE, while it is an optional extra for the rest of the derivatives. Pre-Safe® initiates protective measures to ensure that the belts and airbags offer optimum protection during a collision.

Mercedes-Benz efficiency: six-cylinder performance with four-cylinder fuel consumption.
The V-Class comes with a state-of-the-art 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with two-stage turbocharging, which has already proven highly successful and has now been further enhanced specifically for the MPV. It is available in three power output levels: The V 200 CDI develops 100 kW of power and a maximum torque of 330 Nm. The V 220 CDI generates 120 kW of power and 380 Nm. This is an increase of 20Nm in each case over the predecessor – but with fuel consumption down by around two litres. With fuel consumption of just 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 149 grams per kilometre, the V 220 CDI occupies a leading position in its segment.
With a power output of 140 kW and powerful peak torque of 440 Nm, the top-of-the-line V 250 BlueTEC engine is as powerful and agile as the previous 3-litre V6 turbodiesel engine. In the acceleration phases, an additional 10 kW and 40 Nm are available. As a result, the flagship model develops 150 kW and maximum torque of a full 480 Nm. The V 250 BlueTEC accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in an impressive 9.1 seconds.

Standard equipment: extensive and with stylish details.
Included as standard is the Audio 20 USB with free-standing 7-inch central display, piano-lacquer-look trim, 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel with 12 buttons and sporty Direct Select selector lever with steering wheel shift paddles in the case of automatic transmission, a steering column adjustable for height and tilt, luxury front seats with sidebags, electric parking brake and active arrest for the rear sliding door.

New standard of agility and driving pleasure.
At the push of a button the Agility Select function enables the driver to select from four driving modes: economical, comfortable, sporty and manual. Agility Control suspension adjusts the damping system to the road conditions, while the latest generation of Adaptive Esp® provides optimum driving safety.

Leading the field in aerodynamics and noise comfort.
Low drag is crucial to achieving outstanding efficiency. A Cd figure of 0.31, is the result of intensive detailed improvement work – from modifications to the basic vehicle design to large areas of underbody panelling and aerodynamically optimised wheel arches and exterior mirrors. Other focuses of the aerodynamic development work were on reducing wind noise and keeping the windows and exterior mirrors largely free of soiling even in inclement weather.

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Modern style and high-class appeal.
New interior highlights include the free-standing central display, the multifunction steering wheel and Direct Select lever with steering wheel shift paddles for automatic models, as well as the innovative touchpad, which allows all telematics functions to be operated by means of gestures or by entering characters in the same way as on a smartphone. The touchpad is available in conjunction with equipment starting from the Audio 20 CD or optional Comand Online.

The latest generation of Comand Online combines all audio, telephone and navigation functions and additionally offers an internet browser, the Linguatronic voice control system and transmission of traffic data in real time. The optional Burmester® surround sound system with 16 high-performance loudspeakers delivers a perfect listening experience, and in combination with Comand Online allows front-to-rear voice amplification: a microphone in the overhead control panel transmits conversation between the driver and front passenger to the rear loudspeakers so that passengers sitting further away can hear them – perfect for tourist guides!

A new dimension in comfort.
Optional 4-way lumbar support and active seat ventilation with reversing fans ensure consistent relative humidity at the contact area with the leather seat for driver and front passenger comfort. The automatic climate control system, available as a Thermotronic option in addition to the standard-fit Tempmatic system, has various ventilation modes: Focus, Medium and Diffuse. Passengers can regulate the climate control in the rear of the vehicle as well.

Numerous seating and loading configurations.
As standard, the MPV can be equipped with four individual luxury seats with armrests in two seat rows. Other configurations include the six, seven and eight seat layout. As an option, a folding table can be installed between the single seats. Thanks to the optimised seat rails with quick-release system, all seats can all be removed to create a loading area tailored to specific needs.

Separately opening rear window and second loading level.
For easy loading and unloading, the V-Class features another first – a separately opening rear windscreen attached to the upper tailgate frame, which makes loading and unloading easier. The tailgate is optionally available as an Easy-Pack tailgate, with convenient power opening and closing that can be stopped in any position.

As with all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, the V-Class is introduced standard with the class-leading Mercedes-Benz Premium Drive 6 year/100 000km maintenance contract with no customer contribution.

For more information visit www.mercedes-benz.co.za

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