The Mercedes-Benz V-Class and Marco Polo campers receive a refresh that gives the vans a revised face, updated interior, new engines, and cutting-edge driver assistance tech. The models go on sale in Europe in March 2019 for a starting price in Germany of 36,990 euros ($42,355 at current exchange rates), including the country's 19 percent VAT.
The new front end makes the V-Class appear wider by incorporating a broad inlet in the lower fascia. Bracket-shaped chrome trim gives the piece a visual flourish. An optional AMG Line package adds a shiny, single-bar grille and a fascia with three intakes to lends the van a sportier look.
There are minor changes to the interior where the V-Class has redesigned air vents and new trim. There are lots of new options, too, that let buyers add lots of luxury to the van. For example, Nappa and Lugano leather are available. The accent material choices include piano lacquer, ebony wood, carbon fiber, and brushed aluminum.
Drivers should have a more comfortable time behind the wheel thanks to new assistance tech. Optional Active Brake Assist initially makes an audible warning before automatically stopping the van. There's also the Highbeam Assist Plus for automatically dipping the lights when necessary.
Mercedes also updates the powertrain range by introducing the new V300d model. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel produces 236 horsepower (176 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque. During hard acceleration, the powerplant enters an overboost phase to increase torque by an extra 22 lb-ft (30 Nm). It comes with a nine-speed automatic and standard rear-wheel drive, although all-wheel drive is an option.
Mercedes also says an electric version of the Metris is on the way, and the Concept EQV debuting in Geneva should provide a preview of what to expect from the production model.