Mercedes-Benz V-Class gets a facelift

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class people carrier is the latest three-pointed star model to receive a minor nip and tuck. 

The exterior changes are tricky to spot, but they are there, especially in the AMG trim line. This particular model features a new diamond radiator grille with chrome pins, and thus delivers a particularly sporty note.

To add some further spice to the package, there are some new alloy wheel designs. The 17- and 18-inch light-alloy wheels in tremolite grey or black, come with a 5-twin-spoke design and a high sheen finish. At the upper end of the new wheels portfolio are the black-painted 19-inch 10-spoke light-alloy wheels with a high-sheen finish.

On the inside it has new air vents in a sportier turbine, refreshed upholstery and equipment colours aimed at making a modern and elegant statement.

As part of the facelift, rear passengers can enjoy a special comfort feature. Optionally available luxury seats pamper occupants with reclining and back massage functions as well as air conditioning.

With the facelift, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class retains the trusted and proven four-cylinder OM 651 diesel engine in three output variants. The V 200d develops 100 kW of power and a maximum torque of 330 Nm. The V 220d generates 120 kW of power and 380 Nm.

The top-spec V 250d delivers 140kW and 440Nm of torque, which is enough for a 0 – 100km/h sprint of 9.1 seconds.

New standard safety kit includes Active Brake Assist, which can detect the risk of a collision with a vehicle ahead, and initially initiates a visual and acoustic warning. If the driver responds, it builds up brake pressure appropriate to the situation. If there is no response, the system actively assists with evasive and braking manoeuvres. In urban traffic, Active Brake Assist also reacts to stationary obstacles or crossing pedestrians.

Highbeam Assist Plus is another new safety feature. When in high beam mode, it supports the driver with a consistently optimised illumination of the road. In the event of vehicles in front or oncoming traffic, the LEDs of the main-beam module are partially deactivated, creating a U-shaped cut-out in the cone of light. The remaining areas of the roadway continue to be illuminated with the main-beam headlamps (partial main beam).

To ensure the V-Class facelift successfully takes over the reins from its predecessor, Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa is offering all V-Class facelift customers a complimentary top-up to a 6-year/100 000 km maintenance plan. This is a limited special launch offer, enhancing the standard 5-year/100 000 km maintenance plan.

Competitive V-Class pricing:

Description Recommended Retail Price (excl. VAT) Recommended Retail Price (incl. VAT) CO2 Tax (incl. VAT) Recommended Retail Price (incl. VAT and  CO2
V200 d R 789 350.00 R 907 752.50 R 6 198.50 R 913 951.00
V220 d R 825 825.00 R 949 698.75 R 5 819.00 R 955 518.00
V250 d R 888 250.00 R 1 021 487.50 R 6198.50 R 1 027 686.00
V220 d Avantgarde R 1 080 000.00 R 1 242 000.00 R 5 819.00 R 1 247 819.00
V250 d Avantgarde R 1 118 500.00 R 1 286 275.00 R 6 198.50 R 1 292  474.00