Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has announced the arrival of their megavan, the V-Class. The Malaysian-market Mercedes-Benz V-Class is available in the form of V 220 d, and customers can choose from either the standard or Avantgarde versions followed by a long list of customisation options.
The V 220 d can be had in two different wheelbases and three body lengths, ranging from 4,895 mm to 5,370 mm. Depending on which option chosen, it can carry up to eight persons on board.
|Name||Mercedes-Benz V 220 d|
|Max Power||163 hp|
|Max Torque||380 Nm|
Even though the V 220 d came from a van background, the front is still recognisable as a Mercedes-Benz, with a huge three-pointed star sitting in the middle of the grille and a pair of shapely headlamps. LED Intelligent Light System and Adaptive Highbeam Assist are optional items, though.
This vast vehicle has been aerodynamically optimised for the same basic reasons. The smooth styling at the front, the wing mirrors, the underbody panelling, and even the wheel arches; all play a part in contributing to a rather impressive drag coefficient of 0.31, making the V-Class the most aerodynamic vehicle in its segment.
The sides are sculpted with strong character lines that ties the front and the back, while the rump features a wide and low tailgate. If you’re worried of not having enough space to open the rear tailgate, you can specify it with the optional separately opening rear window. Another option to consider is the powered tailgate that can be stopped in any position.
Up front, the dashboard design is shared with the current crop of Benzes featuring the round air vents and the free-standing central display. The Comand controller with touchpad sits in the middle of the dash to control the mentioned screen on top.
Audio 20 system is offered as standard, but you can upgrade to the latest generation COMAND Online system which allows internet browsing and even a thumping 16-speaker Burmester surround sound system. The front seats can also be specified with 4-way lumbar support and active seat ventilation with reversing fans. Speaking of ventilation, there’s an optional THERMOTRONIC climate control system that is able to automatically adjust cabin airflow based on the surrounding environment.
Behind the front seats, a multitude of seating configurations are offered. The standard setup is two rows of two individual seats, but buyers can specify two rows of three-passenger benches. Each bench consists of two-piece base and three splitting backrests, and the right-hand can be taken out separately, or removed together with the rest to create a cavernous loading bay. Whichever seat setup you choose you will still get a three-point safety belts for each occupants.
Getting the V 220 d in motion is a 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel that produces 163 hp and 380 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.7 l/100 km, and the diesel lump is mated to the 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission.
Four driving modes can be selected from the AGILITY SELECT: Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Manual, and the optional AGILITY CONTROL suspension allows selective damper adjustments. Remember, we’re talking about a five-metre long people carrier here.
The V 220 d retails from RM434,888 onwards, and most of the optional goodies are equipped as standard on the Avantgarde trim, such as LED headlamps, the separately opening rear window, AGILITY CONTROL suspension and get this – a passenger side rear sliding door. The standard V 220 d has to make do with just a single rear sliding door on the right-hand side.
Other available options include Active Parking Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control with COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, and 360° camera.