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Mercedes-Benz has launched the new V-Class van in India at a starting price of Rs 68.4 lakh ex-showroom (India). The V-Class is offered in two variants: Exclusive and Expression. The 'extra-long-wheelbase' Expression variant (seven-seater) is the base model, while the long-wheelbase Exclusive variant (six-seater) is the higher trim which retails at Rs 81.90 lakh.
With the launch of the Mercedes van in the country, the German brand aims to create a new 'Luxury Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)' segment on the market.
The Mercedes-Benz V-Class might not be that familiar to the Indian audience even though some examples of it were imported to the country over the years. However, the luxury van is quite popular in foreign countries (sold in over 90 nations), especially in Europe.
Used for a variety of purposes including business transports and cab services, the present-generation Mercedes-Benz V-Class was first introduced back in 2014, with a few mild updates over the years.
Towards the second half of 2018, there were multiple rumours that Mercedes-Benz India is considering the feasibility of the V-Class van in their product portfolio. As of now, the V-Class has no direct rivals to absorb its market, unless Toyota comes to the scene with the Alphard MPV.
Previously, Mercedes-Benz had similar offerings in the country such as the MB100, MB140 and the R-Class. However, those were discontinued within a short period of time due to poor demand. The brand has good hopes in the new V-Class.
Though the global iterations of the V-Class are available in a range of engine and seating formats, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class in India is powered by the existing BS-VI-compliant 2.0-litre diesel engine which makes 160bhp and 380Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Regarding its seating configuration, the India-spec V-Class is offered in two as mentioned before: Long Wheelbase (six-seater; 3200mm wheelbase, 5140mm length) and Expression (seven-seater; 3430mm wheelbase; 5370mm length).
Full-LED headlamps, TFT instrument console, 15-speaker Burmester audio system (optional), ambient lighting, electric sliding doors, independent rear window and many more come part of the package. Furthermore, a host of driving/safety aids such as six airbags, PreSafe, Attention Assist, Active Parking Assist, 360-degree camera, etc., are also on offer.
The new Mercedes-Benz V-Class is available in four metallic paint choices: Brilliant Silver, Cavansite Blue, Obsidian Black and Mountain Crystal White.
Thoughts On The Mercedes-Benz V-Class
The new van from Mercedes-Benz India is certainly an interesting product. The Indian luxury-vehicle has seen a huge growth in recent times and a lot of automotive trends are being introduced lately. For the same reason, the new V-Class will find some buyers even though the sales figures wouldn't be as impressive as that of the other models from Mercedes-Benz India.
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