Mercedes-Benz redefines MPV competition with new family van

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Mercedes-Benz is redefining competition in the Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) segment with the family van, in a class that is traditionally dominated by VW’s family van.

Mercedes-Benz’ new Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) combines room for up to eight people and exemplary functionality with high-class appeal, comfort, efficient driving enjoyment and safety.

The new MPV features rear seating that allows numerous configurations to meet any requirements. 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. Thanks to improved technology and operating logic, they can be folded forward intuitively to afford fast and easy access to the rear. As an option, a folding table can be installed between the single seats.

Whether travelling with the whole family, heading out for a mountain bike holiday with friends or driving prominent guests to a red carpet event – the new MPV provides optimum flexibility when it comes to use of the luxurious interior.

The vehicle is offered in Standard, BlueTEC or as BlueTEC AVANTGARDE model with an exterior sports package and an interior design package available for each line, and a host of optional extras. It could also be kitted to serve as a luxurious VIP transfer or hotel shuttle.

The van comes in three different engine variations from a 200 CDI that develops 100 kW of power and a maximum torque of 330 Nm. Then there is the 220 CDI that 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 220 CDI occupies a leading position in its segment.

There is a more powerful 250 BlueTEC engine that develop a power output of 140 kW and powerful peak torque of 440 Nm. The 250 BlueTEC accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in an impressive 9.1 seconds.

On top of the range is the powerful and agile 3-litre V6 turbodiesel engine, which develops 150 kW and maximum torque of a full 480 Nm. The V6 model provides an extremely smooth ride and interior noise has been reduced significantly – among other things by means of comprehensive insulation.

Mercedes-Benz’ new MPV also sets new standards in comfort and variability with a host of innovations. It 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 contact area with the leather seat for 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 airflow and distribution. Passengers have the luxury of regulating the climate control in the rear of the vehicle as well.

Thanks to the optimised seat rails with quick-release system, very little effort is required to move the individual seats and benches or to position them in a number of different ways. They can all be removed as well to create a loading area tailored to specific needs at any time.

As with all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, the MPV is introduced standard with the class-leading Mercedes-Benz Premium Drive 6 year/100 000km maintenance contract with no customer contribution. Pricing is from N$695 981 to N$984 196 for the top of the range.

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