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by Tim Beissmann

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class will cost from $85,500 plus on-road costs when it reaches Australian showrooms in July.

Mercedes-Benz Australia will initially offer one V-Class variant, the V250 BlueTec Avantgarde, which is available with seating for up to eight occupants.

The V-Class effectively takes the place of the Viano as the premium German car maker’s luxury people-mover and is priced $4385 above the model it replaces.

Die neue Mercedes-Benz V-Klasse, The new Mercedes-Benz V-Class

The Mercedes-Benz V250 is powered by a 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 140kW and 440Nm in standard conditions and 150kW and 480Nm when operating in a temporary ‘overtorque’ mode under hard acceleration.

Though the V250’s engine is significantly smaller than the 3.0-litre V6 diesel of its predecessor, the new model is just as quick to accelerate from 0-100km/h, stopping the clock in 9.1 seconds.

Even more impressive is the V250’s efficiency. Combined cycle fuel consumption improves more than 26 per cent to 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres.

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Mercedes claims the V250 is the first vehicle in its class to comply with Euro 6 emissions standards. It comes standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission and steering wheel paddleshifters, and sends power to its rear wheels.

An Agility Select function allows drivers to choose between four driving modes – Economical, Comfortable, Sport, and Manual – each offering a different tune for the engine, accelerator and transmission response.

Agility Control adaptive suspension and Adaptive ESP stability control further emphasise that the new V-Class is designed as much for driving enjoyment as for its people-moving ability.

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It also inherits a host of advanced safety systems from Mercedes’ luxury sedans such as crosswind assist, attention assist, active parking assistant, Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, blind spot assist, lane keeping assist, and the Pre-Safe accident anticipatory system.

Redefining luxury in the people-mover class, the V250’s cabin comes standard with Lugano leather upholstery, freestanding tablet-style central display, console-mounted touchpad, Comand Online infotainment system, and a 16-speaker Burmester surround sound system that supports front-to-rear voice amplification, allowing the driver to communicate easily with the rearmost passengers.

The V-Class’s ventilated seats feature reversing fans to ensure consistent humidity levels, while the climate control system uses map information from the navigation system to automatically close and open the air recirculation flap when the vehicle enters and exits tunnels.

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At the rear, the auto tailgate provides access to the full boot, while the separately opening rear windscreen and removable load compartment shelf (which can hold up to 50kg) mean smaller items can be loaded in without needing to lift the whole tailgate.




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