The V-Class line-up has doubled in size with the inclusion of the new V220 BlueTec, which features a stacked list of features.
Powered by a 2.1-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, the V220 produces 120kW of power and 380Nm of torque. This unit is mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The eight seater comes equipped as standard with a 7.0-inch multimedia system with touchpad controller, satellite navigation, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats with four-way lumbar support, interior ambient lighting, automatic climate control, 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, split tailgate, active parking assist, reversing camera, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistant and AEB (auto emergency braking).
Four driving modes – economical, comfortable, sport and manual – are also on offer, which allow the driver to adjust engine, accelerator, transmission, suspension and stability control settings.
Meanwhile, the existing V-Class variant – the V250 BlueTec Avantgarde – has copped a minor $45 price rise to $87,200 before on-road costs.
It employs the same powerplant and transmission combination as the V220, but the top-spec model’s power and torque figures are boosted to 140kW and 440Nm respectively.
Extra equipment for the V-Class flagship includes a 15-speaker Burmester sound system, exterior sports package, 18-inch five twin-spoke rims, external chrome highlights, anodised roof rails, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree surround-view camera, adaptive headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRLs), high beam assist, LED tail-lights and tyre pressure monitoring.
The V220 BlueTec is on-sale in local showrooms now.
2017 Mercedes-Benz V-Class list pricing
Mercedes-Benz V220 BlueTec – automatic – $74,990
Mercedes-Benz V250 BlueTec Avantgarde – automatic – $87,200