Mercedes-Benz V-Class 2

After previewing it in showrooms, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has formally announced the availability of the new Mercedes-Benz V-Class – the third generation of the Tristar’s big six-seater (seven seats optional) people-carrier is now on sale in Malaysia through MBM’s passenger car division this time, as opposed to the commercial side (Nusa Otomobil) as with the previous Vito.

The V-Class is available in two variants, V 220 d and V 220 d Avantgarde. Because it’s available on a custom order basis, prices will vary, however we do know that for RM434,888 on-the-road without insurance you can get the higher-end Avantgarde variant.

What do you get with the standard non-Avantgarde variant? Not much apparently – automatic halogen reflector headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels are all that’s fitted to the outside of the car; there’s also just a single sliding door on the driver’s side. Inside, there’s a basic Audio 20 infotainment system, single-zone auto air-con, a 5.5-inch TFT LCD colour multi-info display, fabric upholstery and piano black trim.

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Step up to the Avantgarde and the spec is bolstered to include adaptive LED headlights, LED tail lights, an Easy Pack powered tailgate (with a rear windscreen able to be opened separately), a partitioned load bay and some chrome exterior trim, including on the tailgate. There are also sliding doors on both sides.

The Avantgarde model also packs Lugano leather upholstery, dark brown ash wood-look trim, Nappa leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and gearlever as well as ambient interior lighting, along with Agility Control suspension with selective damping.

Not enough posh? The options list is vast, and is able to essentially turn the V-Class into an S-Class van. These include a 360-degree parking camera, power-adjustable seats, dual-zone climate control, an uprated COMAND Online system with navigation, a 16-speaker (!) Burmeister sound system and swivelling front seats, as well as bench rear seating as opposed to the standard six individual seats.

Under the bonnet resides Mercedes’ 2.1 litre four-pot turbodiesel that produces 163 hp and 380 Nm, matched to a seven-speed 7G-Tronic automatic transmission with steering wheel shift paddles.

Standard safety kit includes six airbags (including full curtains for the rear seats), stability control, hill-start assist, Attention Assist and Crosswind Assist. Impressively, you can also spec Collision Prevention Assist, Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, Traffic Sign Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Adaptive Highbeam Assist, for an extra outlay, of course.