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We’ve nearly clocked 2019’s first full month and its already marked by the automobile industry’s pursuit for building bigger, more luxurious vehicles. Case in point: Mercedes’ first Luxury Multi-Purpose Vehicle called the V-Class. Not an SUV, sedan or coupe, this is a hybrid van built for multiple indulgences. Luxury elegance fused with utility and functionality would be an apt description. 

Mercedes V-Class
The headlights and grille on the V-Class take inspiration from the luxurious S-Class line

This is an off-lay cruiser that could sprint long country roads, while maintaining business-class standards. The 6- and 8-seater wheelbase have been dubbed ‘The Exclusive Line’ and ‘The Expressive Line’. Length-wise, they stretch between three variants – 4985 mm, 5140 mm, and an extra-long wheelbase version, which measures at 5370 mm. Marking 25 years of Mercedes automobiles in India, the V-Class stands as flagship for the brand as it strives towards redefining the luxury automotive space in India. 

Mercedes V-Class
7-inch display panel much like the S-Class

The luxurious cockpit power-glides on a 2143 cc diesel engine that churns out 380 Nm of torque and the power of nearly 200 horses, which is efficient for a car of this size and purpose. However, if you’re looking an eco-friendlier version, the V-Class V220 d AMG Line would be apt. The V-Class also comes with 360-degree parking sensors and precision parking assistance. Inside, you’ll find a floating 7-inch display for entertainment borrowed from the S-Class, just a bit more buffed up. 

Mercedes V-Class
Mercedes V-Class 6-seater ‘Exclusive Line’

The front seats are heated, there’s three-zone climate control up-front, and in the back, lots of leather, carbon-look trim, ambient lighting, and a cracking Burmester surround system. 

Mercedes V-Class
Mercedes V-Class 7/8-seater ‘Expressive Line’

This hybrid caravan comes with an entry level price of Rs 68 lakh and goes up to 81 lakh (approx), which is considerable for a car not primarily built for the city. However, it’s important to remember that Mercedes is spearheading a new category here.

The V-Class will be open for bookings this week.

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.