New V-Class broadens appeal to company car drivers

  • New V-Class replaces current Viano
  • Interior space and practicality impress
  • Lightweight design lowers CO2 emissions

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new V-Class, the successor to the Viano that will arrive in showrooms early in 2015.

Luxury transport services are spoilt for choice when it comes to large MPVs and Mercedes-Benz is hoping to the new V-Class will help secure a sizeable chunk of the business.

Ideally suited as a luxurious VIP or hotel shuttle, Mercedes-Benz is also hoping that the new V-Class will be just as attractive for user-choosers with large families and sporty hobbies.

Keen to lose the V-Class’s commercial vehicle ties, the new model calls on design cues from the likes of the recently launched S-Class and the new 2014 C-Class to help broaden its appeal.

"Functionality is a must for an MPV. Comfort and style are the icing on the cake. The new V-Class combines both in a way no other vehicle in this segment can offer, said says Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the Board of Management Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division.

Crucially for company car drivers, fuel consumption has improved by up to 28 percent and CO2 emissions now start from 149g/km, meaning lower tax bills. The main reason for the reduction in running costs is a new lightweight chassis design allowing a smaller engine to be used.

There will be only one engine available, a 2.1-litre diesel with two different power outputs to choose from: 160bhp and 187bhp.

Interior space and practicality in the V-Class is impressive and the car will be available as a six-, seven- or eight-seater vehicle depending on whether you specify three-seat benches or sets of two individual seats in the rear.

UK pricing and specification is yet to be confirmed.

For more details of the new Mercedes-Benz V-Class, click here to read our preview.