Beyond the latest examples of high performance motoring and traditional automotive luxury, the Geneva Motor Show this year also plays host to the Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo Horizon, the Stuttgart manufacturer’s latest take on the Marco Polo recreational vehicle, itself based on the W447 V-Class.

“The Marco Polo and Marco Polo Activity are very popular with our customers and are high in demand. We therefore decided to extend our portfolio of compact camper vans and recreational vehicles by adding the Marco Polo Horizon,” said Klaus Maier, head of marketing and sales at Mercedes-Benz Vans.

The Marco Polo Horizon offers flexible seating configurations for up to seven with sleeping options for up to five persons, aimed at what Mercedes-Benz calls trend-conscious adventurers. The key differentiator here from the standard Marco Polo is the Horizon’s added cabin flexibility.

A standard, five seater with three-seat bench and berth plus two swivelling seat configuration comes in addition to four single comfort seat layout, as well as a three-seater bench/berth in the second rear row with two additional single seats in the first rear row.

The Horizon’s flexibility also extends to accomodating oversized cargo, with seats that can be removed for sports and leisure equipment. Alternatively for overnighting, a roof bed measuring 2.05 m by 1.13 m promises comfort for two, while the bench seat/berth in the rear can be reconfigured as a bed measuring 1.93 m by 1.35 m for three. As on the standard Marco Polo, the pop-up roof adds vertical space within.

As with other models in the Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicle range, the Marco Polo Horizon can be configured with various interior trim options: wood-look, piano lacquer-look or wave-look trims are available, while the Interior Design package with Lugano leather can be specified, as can the AMG Line trim level.

Hauling the ensemble of comforts and conveniences is a range of three diesel engines, ranging from 136 PS/330 Nm in the base version, up to 190 PS/440 Nm in the range-topper. In addition to the standard rear-wheel drive layout, 4Matic all-wheel drive is optionally available, which receives drive from the 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission.


GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz W447 V-Class