Van with more business and more bums

Geneva ( Switzerland ), 11 March 2015

In March 2014, the new Mercedes V-Class was launched. So far, the Stuttgarter achieved his own words good sales with the Großraumvan and therefore the variety of vehicle models is growing steadily. Now the automaker expands its portfolio with all-wheel drive for all engine variants. But Mercedes pointing at the Geneva Motor Show ( March 5 to 15 2015) also has an interesting view on V - class basis, the Concept V ision s.

Drive unit from the C 350 e

The show uses the vehicle drive unit 350 e is also in the new Mercedes C are used. A 210-hp four-cylinder petrol engine develops a maximum torque of 350 Newton meters. An electric motor makes 122 hp and torque of 340 Newton meters. With these components, the Van concept overall system output of 333 hp and a maximum torque of 600 Newton - system meters.

Up to 50 kilometers purely electrically

Thus equipped, sprints, the plug-in class V in 6.1 seconds from zero to 100 kph and is thus again clearly spurt stronger than the current top model with 190 - hp diesel (9.1 seconds from zero to 100 km / h). The top speed of the concept is 206 km / h. Fuel consumption will be less than three liters per 100 kilometers according to the NEDC. In addition, the large Van leaves about 50 kilometers on electric power up to a maximum speed of 80 km / h. Assuming that the lithium - ion battery with a capacity of 13.5 kWh has been uploaded.

Unassuming from the outside, loft interior

The exterior design differs only marginally by a charging socket on the right rear of the vehicle, modified side skirts and bumpers, a rear spoiler and 20 - inch spoked wheels of a series V class. The interior, however, is to offer a " spatial experience reminiscent of a modern loft " according to Mercedes. To be fair the description consists almost the entire roof area of Großraumvans of glass. The nappa leather interior is designed in white, the dark ground in real walnut wood. The Executive rear seats offer an integrated calf rest, a separate footrest and an extra pillow. In addition to heat, ventilate or massage the executive chair in the rear compartment. All functions of the pews can be controlled by pressing a button or by app.

working atmosphere

Who would not just slouch, but also work, can draw on two folding tables and two iPad supports which are each integrated into the backrest of the driver and front passenger seat. Even more bins and cupholders, visit the accessible to all passengers center console. In addition, it includes USB ports, an SD card slot, a five - liter cool box and a 220-volt and 12-volt power outlet.

Series opportunities?

Whether the V-Class plug-in hybrid has a real chance at the production stage, has not yet been announced. So far, you have to make do with conventional combustors. The top model V 250 BlueTEC is available from € 48,314. The starting price is 42,031 euros. But you get the V 200 CDI with short construction and 136 hp from a 2.2 - liter diesel engine . (ml)