It was back in 2014 when Mercedes-Benz first introduced the third-generation V-Class. Five years since, the German automaker has decided to give it a bit of an update. For 2019, the van gets slightly updated styling, along with some new tech as well.
So what's new for the 2019? Looking at the photos, only the front bumper appears to have been revised which now incorporates a larger, one-piece lower air intake. It is then outlined by a chrome trim piece.
But for those who want a bit more zing in their people carrier, the AMG trim level has also been updated. While the AMG bumper – which features more aggressive intakes – appears to have been carried over, the grill has been revised. The new piece now sports a single-bar design with chrome pins similar to other AMG-line models.
Mercedes-Benz also made changes to the V-Class’ cabin. The dashboard has been updated and now sports revised air vents coupled with new trim pieces. Customers also have more options to choose when picking the interior, such as Lugano and nappa leather available in a number of different colors. As for the trim pieces, customers can now spec their vehicles with lacquer, wood, carbon fiber, or brushed aluminum. Those seated in the rear also get an upgrade. Mercedes has fitted new seats similar to that found in the flagship S-Class sedan which features a number of functions such as massage and even air-conditioning.
Under the hood, Mercedes now offers the V-Class with a new powertrain in the V300d model. It is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel which produces 236 PS and 500 Nm of torque which can be boosted to 530Nm when needed. Power is then sent to the rear wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional.
New safety features added into the V-Class include Optional Active Brake Assist, which makes a warning before automatically stopping the van, and Highbeam Assist Plus that automatically dips the lights when necessary.
In the near future, Mercedes has announced that they will be offering a fully electric version of their vans. The upcoming Concept EQV which will debut at Geneva should give us an idea as to what it would be like.