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Mercedes-Benz V-Class, the luxury van from the iconic German brand, will launch in India on 24 January 2019. Mercedes-Benz India aims to create a new 'Luxury Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)' segment in the country with the launch of the new V-Class.
The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is a popular vehicle in global markets, especially in Europe. It is used for both business purposes and cab services. The current-generation V-Class was introduced back in 2014.
Prior to this, there were several rumours that Mercedes-Benz is analysing the feasibility of the V-Class in India's luxury market. Even Toyota is doing the same with their Alphard luxury van.
In standard format, the latest V-class model is over five metres in length, and this can be extended a bit more with the 'Extended Length' option. Though a range of seating options (including a sleeper configuration) are available in global markets, India is expected to get the V-Class only in a six-seater format.
On the features front, the global-spec V-Class comes with customisable seats with swivelling function. Safety aids include attention assist, crosswind assist and a 360-degree camera with blind spot and lane departure warning. The luxury van also gets the latest version of the brand's Comand infotainment system.
A BS-VI-compliant 2.0-litre diesel engine (the same which powers most other Mercedes models in India) should be the possible power plant. The engine makes around 191bhp and 400Nm, while mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes-Benz India will initially sell it as a CBU model, and local assembly will be considered at a later stage, if demand persists. The expected price range of the new Mercedes-Benz V-Class is around Rs 70 – 75 lakh ex-showroom.
Thoughts On The Mercedes-Benz V-Class
The Mercedes-Benz V-Class comes loaded with a lot of equipment to make it a luxurious choice for both business and weekend trips. The brand expects it to perform decently on the market, even though it competes in a niche segment. There are no direct rivals to the V-Class as of now.