Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will launch the V 250 BlueTec 4MATIC at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. Order will be accepted starting December 2014 and it will be the first V-Class that comes with the company's 4MATIC AWD system.
Superficially, the front end features a black grill with chrome accents that compliment the 3-pointed star and is flanked by slanted headlights. The van has sliding doors on both sides while the rear section is dominated by a large tailgate which can be operated remotely and stopped at different positions. Furthermore, the tailgate window can be opened separately, allowing easy storage without needing to open the entire tailgate.
Inside, the V 250 is capable of seating up to 8 people, comprised of 4 rear seats that come as standard. An optional two-passenger or three-passenger bench seat will be available for even added seating capability. All of the bench seats can be folded down and be used as added storage space. Goods can also be placed underneath the bench seats as well. The interior and seat material to be used were not detailed by the German automaker but according to them, high quality materials will be used along with a stylish color scheme and the lowest interior noise level in the segment.
Under the hood is a V 250 BlueTec spec engine that produces 190 PS with 440 Nm of torque and is mated to the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic gearbox. It meets Euro6 standards, emits 177g of CO2/km and has an average fuel consumption of 14.9km/l. Power is delivered to all of the wheels via Mercedes-Benz's 4MATIC AWD system that is based on the 4ETS Electronic Traction System that works in tandem with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP). Naturally the wheel system delivers a 45:55 split ratio between the front and rear axle, if one of the wheels loses grip, the system automatically slows it down and diverts power to other wheels that have better road adhesion. The transmission features a double-disc clutch that is fitted to the central differential, creating 50 Nm of torque between the front and rear axle.
Safety features that will come as standard equipment on the V 250 BlueTec will be Attention Assist and Crosswind Assist. Other safety systems like the Collision Prevention Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, LED Light Intelligent System and Active Parking Assist will be offered as optional extras.