Mercedes-Benz has given the V-Class a facelift, with a refreshed design, improved comfort and safety, a new engine and a new transmission. The company launched the outgoing version in India. It is imported in CBU form and not required to undergo homologation owing to the relaxed import norms.
For giving the V-Class a stronger visual presence and a broader appearance, Mercedes-Benz has introduced a new bumper design with prominent cooling air inlets and a new diamond structure in the radiator grille. On the sides, there are restyled alloy wheels, but the design remains unchanged. The rear-end gets no changes at all.
Inside, the Mercedes V-Class now features turbine-look air vents, similar to those of the Mercedes A-Class, as well as new dials in the instrument cluster and new trim element in a twin-stripe look on the instrument panel and in the side trim elements. The affluent occupants of “the spacious sedan with the star” are now pampered even more, with fully reclining seats featuring back massage and climatisation. This new comfort feature was showcased in the Mercedes Concept Vision e at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Safety has gone up with the inclusion of Active Brake Assist and Highbeam Assist Plus systems.
Along with the new seats, an important change in the V-Class with its mid-cycle update is the introduction of the OM 654 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine and the 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission. The new engine is available in 190 PS/440 Nm and 239 PS/500 Nm versions. Irrespective of the version, there is an option for the 4MATIC permanent AWD system.
The 2019 Mercedes V-Class will go up for orders in Europe in March 2019. In Germany, the prices will start at €36,990 (INR 30,13,059.40).