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V-Class now with added luxury

February 8, 2019

Mercedes-Benz has made its attractive V-Class even more appealing for 2019 – with driveline, safety and styling components being top of the agenda.

The OM 654 four-cylinder diesel engine makes its debut in the V-Class, with the V 250 d and V 300 d models. These produce 140 kW/440 Nm and 176 kW/500 Nm respectively. The new engine generation is said to be more efficient (Mercedes-Benz claims the V 250 d is 13-percent more efficient than its predecessor), while noise and vibration have been reduced.

The V-Class will also now be optionally available with the nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, replacing the previous 7G-TRONIC.

In addition to the existing Crosswind Assist and Attention Assist systems, the new V-Class introduces Active Brake Assist that can detect the risk of a collision with a vehicle driving in front and initially initiates a visual and acoustic warning. If the driver fails to react, the system initiates autonomous braking.

With its LED headlamps, another new safety feature is the optional Highbeam Assist Plus that allows the driver to enjoy a permanent, broad illumination of the roadway without dazzling other road users.

Styling wise, the new V-Class boasts a new bumper design and diamond structure in the radiator grille. Four new paint colours and alloy-wheel designs have been added.

The interior also gets a smattering of detail enhancements, but the most important are the optional luxury seats for rear-seat passengers. Just like in the S-Class executive sedan, they offer a fully reclining function, back massage and climatisation.

Since its premiere in 2014, more than 209 000 Mercedes-Benz V-Class units have been sold – and in 2018 a sales record of some 64 000 units was reached.

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