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V for Vivified


SOUTH Africans will remember the first and second generations of the Mercedes-Benz Vito well. It was an MPV that bore the three-pointed star and developed a reputation as reliable business vehicles and people carriers.

In line with the Mercedes-Benz naming practice, the new version has been named the V-Class.

The new model will be the biggest passenger vehicle that the Stuttgart-based brand makes, with seating for eight. The interior is set to feature a two-part instrument panel which is separated by a three-dimensional element. There is also a free-standing central display as well as a multi-function steering wheel with the Direct Select gearlever along with gear shift paddles on the automatic models. It is also the only MPV to offer optional four-way lumbar support and active seat ventilation with reversing fans.

The V-Class will feature four individual luxury seats with armrests in two rows. There will also be the option of having a two-person bench seat with individually folding backrests. The different seating options have been designed to provide the consumer with the choice of how they would like to configure the seating arrangements.

There will also be a rear windscreen that can open and allow for loading and unloading without the need to open the tailgate. The load bay inside the rear windscreen can hold up to 50kg and has two recesses which can hold a shopping basket each.

Engine-wise, expect a 122kW/380Nm 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel seen in both the A- and C-Class, as well as a four-cylinder 142kW/440Nm V250 BlueTec diesel engine that replaces the outgoing V6 model. The claimed fuel consumption figure for the V220 CDI is 5.7 litres/100km, with CO2 emissions 149g/km.

The new V-Class will be introduced to Europe in early 2015 with a local introduction not far beyond that.


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