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Oct 2, 2014
- 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive: outstanding driving stability
- Top-class efficiency and exemplary safety
- Stellar high-class appeal and the ultimate in comfort in the interior
- Variable interior and separately opening rear window
Mercedes-Benz adds to the model range of the new V-Class: The top-of-the-range V 250 BlueTEC with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive will be available to order from dealers from December 2014. The system, already proven in many Mercedes-Benz passenger car models, provides palpably more traction and driving stability in all driving conditions. Regardless of whether it's on a pot-holed street, a muddy track or a snowy or icy road – the V 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC copes effortlessly with every driving surface, thereby further enhancing the flexibility of the Mercedes range of MPVs over the competition.
With the V-Class, Mercedes-Benz is redefining the MPV. Its design and numerous innovations set new standards in this segment. The new V-Class combines seating for up to eight persons and exemplary practicality with the typical strengths of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars – from perceived quality to comfort, efficient driving pleasure and safety. This makes the Mercedes among MPVs the perfect vehicle for all those who appreciate great spaciousness but do not want to sacrifice style and comfort. The V-Class is as suitable for families or sporty, active types as it is for use as a luxurious VIP or hotel shuttle.
4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive: outstanding driving stability
The 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system is based on the proven 4ETS Electronic Traction System working together with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP)®. 4ETS distributes power to the front and rear axle in a 45:55 ratio. If one or more wheels lose traction, 4ETS slows them down immediately and automatically distributes power to the wheels with good roadholding. Conventional mechanical differential locks are therefore not needed. This technology, which is also deployed in Mercedes-Benz SUVs and off-road vehicles, saves on weight and at the same time increases driving safety and comfort.
A double-disc clutch is fitted to the central differential. This achieves a basic locking torque of approximately 50 Nm between the front and rear axles. The clutch pack is permanently preloaded. In the case of spinning wheels on one of the two axles, friction torque is transmitted to the axle spinning more slowly by the relative movement of the discs. This variable torque shift improves traction and driving stability. The traction and stabilising effect of this pre-lock clutch are clearly noticeable, particularly on slippery surfaces with correspondingly low friction between the tyres and the road surface.
With the V 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC, the V-Class range has now been extended to include an all-wheel drive model. This allows improved moving off and acceleration, particularly on poor road surfaces or in unfavourable weather conditions. Regardless of whether it's on a pot-holed street, a muddy track or a snowy or icy road – the V 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC copes effortlessly with every driving surface.
It is fitted with the most powerful engine for the V-Class range, with an output of 140 kW (190 hp) and a mighty 440 Nm of torque. That means it can deliver great pulling power and agility – yet at the same time post commendably low consumption figures. The V 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC requires a mere 6.7 l/100 km (177 g CO2/km). And thanks to BlueTEC, it is also the first vehicle with permanent all-wheel drive in its segment to comply with the Euro 6 emissions standard. Power is transmitted by the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive transfer case is integrated into the main gearbox.
The V 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC with body length "Long" is available in Germany from EUR 53,109.70 incl. 19 percent VAT. Further all-wheel drive models will be introduced for the V-Class over time.
Top-class efficiency and exemplary safety
The V-Class has been available with rear-wheel drive as standard since March 2014. There are three output levels to choose from: 100 kW (136 hp), 120 kW (163 hp) and 140 kW (190 hp). With fuel consumption from as little as 5.7 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 149 grams per kilometre, the 120 hp V 220 CDI is the outright leader in its segment.
One of the key preconditions for the outstanding efficiency of the V-Class is its low drag coefficient. With a Cd figure of 0.31, the Mercedes MPV is the most aerodynamic vehicle in its segment.
The level of safety is just as exemplary. There are eleven driver assistance systems available. ATTENTION ASSIST and Crosswind Assist are on board as standard. Optional extras include the DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control system, together with COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, Traffic Sign Assist with the wrong-way warning function, the LED Intelligent Light System and Active Parking Assist, which makes parking an MPV as easy as parking a compact car. Most of the assistance systems are available for the first time in this vehicle class.
The PRE-SAFE® system, familiar from the passenger car models, is available as an optional extra to further enhance safety. When an accident is looming, it initiates protective measures to ensure that the belts and airbags offer optimum protection during a collision. In addition to the six standard airbags for the driver and front passenger, the V-Class is optionally available with large-area windowbags. These extend across three seat rows from the A to the D-pillar to ensure the safety of passengers in the rear.
New standard of agility and driving pleasure
To enhance personal driving pleasure, the V-Class is the only vehicle in its segment to offer an AGILITY SELECT function in conjunction with the automatic transmission. At the push of a button the driver can select from four driving modes: extremely economical, comfortable, sporty or manual. Engine, accelerator and transmission response are then adapted accordingly.
Ground-breaking features for this vehicle class also include the AGILITY CONTROL suspension with selective adjustment of the damping system to the road conditions, and the latest generation of ADAPTIVE ESP®, featuring many assistance functions for optimum driving safety. The light and precise electromechanical power steering likewise contributes greatly to the well-balanced driving comfort in the new V-Class.
Stellar high-class appeal and the ultimate in comfort in the interior
The interior of the V-Class redefines the meaning of spaciousness in an MPV. High-quality materials, stylish colour schemes, beautifully manufactured detail features, a progressive and sensuous design idiom and tasteful ambient lighting in three colour tones together create an outstanding sense of perceived value for a vehicle in this 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. The feel-good atmosphere is complemented with the lowest noise level in the segment. Thanks to new component designs and extensive insulation. The interior noise level has been almost halved compared to the predecessor model.
Other highlights in the interior include the free-standing central display, the multifunction steering wheel with 12 function keys and DIRECT SELECT lever (plus steering-wheel shift paddles with automatic transmission) as well as the innovative touchpad, which allows all telematics functions to be operated as with a smartphone. The touchpad is available in conjunction with equipment starting from the Audio 20 CD or with COMAND Online. In addition the V‑Class features the new "Mercedes-Benz Touch" app. This enables the infotainment system COMAND Online to be conveniently operated by smartphone from any seat. Together, the app and touchpad form the key to the most cutting-edge control and display concept in this vehicle class.
The Mercedes 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 point of contact with the leather seat for the driver and front passenger. Also unique in this class of vehicles is the enhanced THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system, which is available as an option 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.
In addition, the THERMOTRONIC system features automatic pre-entry climate control at the touch of a button on the vehicle key, an integral demisting sensor and distribution of cooled air to the driver and front passenger sides, the intensity of which is automatically controlled by the position of the sun. Equally unique is the tunnel detection feature with self-activating air recirculation. The climate control system uses the map information from the navigation system and the GPS location data to close the air recirculation flap automatically when the vehicle enters a tunnel, subsequently re-opening it when the vehicle emerges from the tunnel.
Variable interior and separately opening rear window
The seating in the rear allows numerous configurations to meet any requirements. As standard, the MPV is equipped with four single seats with armrests in two seat rows. Alternatively a two-seater bench or a three-seater bench is available for both rear seat rows. A further alternative is the Bunk package. All bench seats can be folded down and used as a second loading level. Items can also be loaded beneath them.
For convenient loading and unloading the V-Class is also available with a separately opening rear window. It can be opened and closed independently of the tailgate. This makes loading and unloading easier in two respects: on the one hand, it allows a second loading level; on the other – particularly in tight parking spaces – there is no need to open the large tailgate. Another USP for the new V-Class: the tailgate is optionally available as an EASY-PACK tailgate, with convenient power opening and closing that can be stopped in any position.