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Exterior design: Emotional, powerful, dynamic – the restaging
OverviewDrive system - Efficient driving pleasure: six-cylinder power with four-cylinder fuel consumptionExterior design: Emotional, powerful, dynamic – the restagingInfotainment programme: Unique selection that caters to every needInterior design: Sophisticated style and high-class appealInterior design: Sophisticated style and high-class appealMercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive: Assistance systems on boardNew control and display concept: Multifunctional touchpad with gesture controlSuspension: New benchmark for agility and safetyThe bodywork and passive safety: High-strength passenger cell and the very latest in restraint systems for optimum occupantThe innovations of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class: Redefining the MPVThe model range: Versatile and individual for the most widely ranging requirementsThe new V-Class: The Mercedes among MPVsUnder the microscope - high-class appeal: "The most spacious car from Mercedes-Benz"Under the microscope: automatic climate control - Individual feel-good climate
A power-emphasising front end with an upright radiator grille, a superior gaze from the headlamps in a design characteristic of the brand, a sinewy, elongated body reflecting the dynamic interplay of sculptural surfaces and clearly defined lines – unmistakably, the new V-Class presents itself as a member of the Mercedes-Benz passenger car family and embodies the brand-distinguishing design philosophy of sensuous clarity.
The distinctive design of the front end stresses the affinity to the Mercedes-Benz saloons and strengthens the brand identity. The upright radiator grille and the progressive headlamp design are the dominant features of the MPV's face. The three-dimensional, centrally positioned star is flanked by sporty twin louvres with inserts in high-grade chrome. The sculptured V-shaped bonnet merges elegantly into the chrome frame of the radiator grille and the headlamps. Its sharply etched contours and the wing-like shape of the headlamps signal dynamism and passion. The bumper, like the bonnet, excitingly alternates between convex and concave surfaces with precisely traced contours. Both the lower air intakes and the radiator grille do not have diamond-shaped perforations, but narrow louvres in high-gloss black. In conjunction with the headlamps, which extend far into the wings, they emphasise the width of the vehicle – and underscore the self-confident appearance of the new V-Class.
"Sensuous, dynamic contours, intelligently showcased high tech and exquisite high-class appeal make the V-Class an automotive icon that blends elegance and functionality to perfection. The new V-Class is a self-confident statement of modern luxury and embodies our design philosophy of sensual purity in striking fashion," says Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG.
All light functions with LED technology
The design idiom of the headlamps deliberately cites the S-Class and so highlights the claim to leadership of the Mercedes among MPVs. The V-Class is the first vehicle in the segment which provides all light functions in LED technology as an optional feature. The all-LED headlamps with Intelligent Light System make for a visual highlight and at the same time enhance safety (see "Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive" section). Their inner workings are arranged on three levels from top to bottom. At the top are the LED indicators, which form the brand's hallmark "torch" and span all other lighting elements like an eyebrow. Underneath, running in a sweeping line, are the LED daytime driving lamps. Low beam, high beam and cornering light are arranged on the lower level. All in all, 34 LEDs in each headlamp give the vehicle an unmistakable appearance and, compared with conventional systems, offer much improved vision in the dark.
Dynamic, flowing lines
The clearly contoured side wall is structured by two elongated, taut lines. The interplay of concave and convex surfaces conveys a sculptural and thus very sensuous character. Both lines smoothly continue the distinctive contour lines of the front bumper and rise slightly as they continue on towards the rear. The side view thus appears elongated and signals dynamism. This impression can be additionally enhanced by an optional chrome strip along the window line.
The side view is completed by the wraparound tail lamps, which likewise feature LED technology depending on equipment line. Three vertically arranged fibre optics produce especially elegant and dynamic looking indicators, brake lights and tail lamps. The reversing lamp and rear fog lamp are horizontally arranged below them. They create a visual link with the defined line above the tailgate release handle and emphasise the width of the rear end.
Tail lamps, headlamps, doors and bonnet – all detachable body parts are of high precision and fitted with minimal clearances. This contributes to an extraordinarily low noise level in the interior because disruptive wind factors are eliminated. On the other hand, the small clearances together with the structure lines stretching from the front around to the rear give the MPV the appearance of a sculpture cast from a single piece.
As standard, depending on equipment line the V-Class rolls on 16-inch steel wheels or 17-inch 5-spoke light-alloy wheels. Optionally, 17-inch 20-spoke light-alloy wheels and 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels are available. Optional extra 19-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted black with a high-sheen finish, make for an especially dynamic look.