Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class of vans now available


Mercedes-Benz South Africa has released pricing and spec details of what it claims to be the most luxurious people carrier ever made.

Introduced for the European market early last year, the new V-Class replaces the previous Vito-based Viano and is said to feature an extensive range of technologies and kit that redefines the MPV segment.

Depending on the model, standard spec, amongst others, includes Crosswind Assist, Active Parking Assist using the combination of a reverse camera, ultrasound sensors and radar motion, as well as a system known as Attention Assist which uses sensors to detect driver drowsiness.

Models fitted as standard with the seven-speed automatic transmission also feature Agility Select which allows for choosing of four settings (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Manual) for the engine, throttle response and transmission.

In addition, these models also sport Agility Control which not only adjusts the damping of the standard air-suspension depending on road surface, but also determines intervention of the Adaptive ESP.

Optional extras are plentiful and includes a 360 degree camera system, adaptive cruise control with Collision Prevention Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist and a Thermotronic automatic climate control system with three settings; Focus, Medium and Diffuse.

Underneath the bonnet, the V-Class comes equipped with a single 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, but in three states of tune with the option of two trim levels; Standard and Avantgarde and either a six-speed manual or the aforementioned automatic box.

Available only in Standard spec, the V200 CDI churns out 100 kW and 330 N.m of torque with Mercedes claiming a combined fuel consumption figure of 6.1 L/100 km for the manual and 5.8 L/100 km for the automatic.

Moving one up, the V220 CDI produces 120 kW and 380 N.m of torque with trim levels comprising of Standard and auto exclusive Avantgarde. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.7 L/100 km regardless of transmission specified.

Completing the range, the auto only V250 BlueTEC can be have in either Standard or Avantgarde trim levels with power mirroring that of the outgoing Viano’s 3.0-litre V6 at 140 kW and 440 N.m of torque. Mercedes claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 9.1 L/100 km.

A six year / 100 000 km maintenance plan is standard on all models.



V200 CDI Standard 100 kW / 330 N.m R695 981
V200 CDI Standard 7G 100 kW / 330 N.m R720 981
V220 CDI Standard 120 kW / 380 N.m R726 875
V220 CDI Standard 7G 120 kW / 380 N.m R751 875
V220 CDI Avantgarde 7G 120 kW / 380 N.m R949 175
V250 BlueTEC Standard 7G 140 kW / 440 N.m R782 416
V250 BlueTEC Avantgarde 7G 140 kW / 440 N.m R984 196


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