The 70s are over. Can we quit trying to make minivans cool again?

I love the goodness that is AMG as much as the next man. There’s no denying that AMG makes some of the finest engines and most aggressive looking vehicles you can buy today. Be that as it may, what Mercedes-AMG just did to the V-Class is worthy of crucifixion or, at the very least, burning someone at the stake. I introduce you to the V-Class Night Edition – a traditional Mercedes Minivan with lots of hope and absolutely NO go. Seriously, Mercedes gave this thing everything AMG from branded front fascias to wheels to goodness on the inside too.

V-Class Night Edition – The Atrocity of Atrocities

The Mercedes V-Class Night Edition is the Worst Thing to Come Out of Mercedes-AMG in a Long Time
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Seriously, it has the black trim, the blacked out grille, the black mirrors, and even the typical AMG front fascia with big fake vents and two black louvers

In the ’70s, vans had a way of being cool. But the days of hippies and driving around with shag carpeting are long gone. In fact, minivans have essentially been dead for years now – just as dead as the station wagon in the United States. Meanwhile, Mercedes and AMG decide to make this late-term abortion for the handful of van enthusiasts who want to wish they had an AMG GT, I guess. Seriously, it has the black trim, the blacked out grille, the black mirrors, and even the typical AMG front fascia with big fake vents and two black louvers. Oh, and don’t forget about that big, pointless air dam too.

Apparently, there’s even an AMG rear fascia too. We can’t see it because Mercedes – in a move that’s far from typical – only released one photo, but we’re praying to all that is holy that it doesn’t have a diffuser. At this point, though, I guess we can’t rule anything out. It also gets those 19-inch alloy wheels, edition badging here and there, and tinted rear windows. The interior gets its own AMG treatment too, as the brand through in some black Nappa leather, gave the dash an “enhanced leather look finish (cheap as hell,) special edition floormats, and a black roof liner.

The Mercedes V-Class Night Edition is the Worst Thing to Come Out of Mercedes-AMG in a Long Time
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In Germany, the V-Class Night Edition can be had for €55,260 or about $66,100 at current exchange rates

Here’s the worst part, it got all of this AMG goodness, so it looks kinda fast, but neither Mercedes or AMG thought it would be a good idea to poke around under the hood. It comes with the standard 2.1-liter turbodiesel with just 190 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. And, it sucks down between 6.8 and 7.5 liters per 100 kilometers or achieves about 31.4 mpg.

So, what we have here is a van that looks like it wants to be cool and fast, yet it’s the definition of a turd. The V-Class is on its way out, and this is an attempt to draw in a few more sales. In Germany, the V-Class Night Edition can be had for €55,260 or about $66,100 at current exchange rates. That’s a staggering €20,270 more than the entry-level model. You can actually get an E-Class for that price or get yourself a brand new GLE SUV for 3,000 Euro more. In fairness, if you optioned the standard V-Class with similar features, it would cost you a little more so, in theory, it offers a savings of around €2,300 assuming you would actually option out a minivan like this anyway.

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Fuel consumption, combined: 7.5 - 6.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 199 - 179 g/km*
A high-quality Night Edition of the V-Class is now available with immediate effect. The new special model of the popular people carrier from Mercedes-Benz emphasizes its distinctively sporty highlights with exclusive black design features. On top of this, AMG front and rear aprons as well as AMG trim elements in the interior come as standard.

The exterior of the Night Edition boasts black exterior mirrors, a radiator grille with two louvres in high-gloss black, exclusive AMG 19-inch 7-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in black, EDITION badges on the front wings and also tinted glass in the rear. Visual highlights in the interior include comfort seats in black nappa leather, a dashboard in a leather look finish – both with contrasting topstitching – floor mats with EDITION badges and a black roof liner. On-board convenience comes courtesy of the standard-fit Parking package with 360-degree camera, among other features. This enables easy manoeuvring and parking. Dynamic driving pleasure continues to be ensured thanks to the V250 d diesel engine with an output of 140 kW/190 hp (fuel consumption, combined: 7.5 - 6.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 199 - 179 g/km).

Pricing for the Night Edition starts at 55 260 euros – which is a saving of approx. 2300 euros compared with buying similar items of equipment individually. The V-Class Night Edition is available to order with immediate effect in Germany, with deliveries commencing from June 2018.

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