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Mercedes-Benz is putting the final touches on the new W447 V-Class, a people mover that’s expected to fill the void left by the discontinuation of the R-Class in certain markets like the US.

The V-Class, also known as the Viano, is traditionally based on the Vito commercial panel van. You could say it’s the original ‘Alphard’ – before the Japanese got good at making their version of such vans more appealing to the loaded, the Mercedes-Benz Viano was the people mover of choice for the affluent. You can still see them parked in the bungalows of the ‘old money’ in Malaysia.

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The car that we see on test matches the sketches that were released previously, even down to the design of the alloy wheels! The glass at the rear covers the C-pillar, making it invisible.

The V-Class will get sliding doors, with a visible track for the doors on the van’s body. That’s one thing many of these large passenger van manufacturers always miss – in the Alphard and Vellfire, the track is hidden neatly just below the window, making it invisible.

The previously released photos show a large interior that has the second and third row facing each other. They are likely configurable to make all of them face the same direction.

The dashboard features Mercedes-Benz’s new touchpad COMAND controls, with a floating tablet display for the infotainment system.