The W447 Mercedes-Benz V-Class is finally set to receive a small update after more than four years since its world debut back in February 2014. Our European spy photographers managed to catch sight of the facelifted model doing winter testing, and it’s only camouflaged at the front.

This points towards the obvious styling refresh, which may include revisions to the entire front bumper, front grille, lower air intake and headlights design. A closer look at the grille reveals a thicker set of louvres, and it doesn’t appear to be connected to the edges of the grille. There’s also a small cutout beneath the tri-star badge for the forward-facing camera and presumably for other driving assistance technologies.

Elsewhere, the V-Class remains identical as before, at least on the outside. There’s no pictures of the interior as yet, but all will be revealed in due time. Back at home, the luxurious people-mover is offered in two trims – V 220 d Avantgarde and V 220 d AMG Line. Both models share the same 2.1 four-cylinder turbodiesel producing 163 hp and 380 Nm, and it’s paired with a seven-speed 7G-Tronic automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Prices start from RM449k.

The options list include upgradable items such as a 360-degree parking camera, power-adjustable seats, dual-zone climate control, COMAND Online system with GPS navigation, a 16-speaker Burmeister sound system and swivelling middle-row seats, as well as bench rear seating as opposed to the standard six individual seats.

Safety-wise, it gets six airbags, stability control, hill-start assist, Attention Assist and Crosswind Assist as standard. However, features such as Collision Prevention Assist, Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, Traffic Sign Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Adaptive Highbeam Assist are optional.

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