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2019 Mercedes V300d - Driven

2019 Mercedes V300d - Driven

Mercedes V300d is the posh shuttle that beckons a chauffeur

Mercedes pitches the V-Class (known as the Metris in North America) as a cavernous van that can cater for both people and cargo carrying duties. And because it is a Mercedes, the passenger versions can be specced up to an almost unbelievable level, with comfort and luxury features you’d normally associate with the brand’s flagship S-Class sedan, or one of their other top-tier models.

The V-Class was recently lightly facelifted, but the refresh is so light that it’s clear Mercedes thought it was already quite good as it was. On the outside, the facelift only changed the front bumpers you can have on your V, depending on which version you opt for, as well as four all-new wheel designs that range in size from 17 to 19 inches - that’s it.

But Mercedes wasn’t sloppy in its effort to improve the V-Class (which in its third and current generation was introduced in 2014) and it mainly concentrated on improving its interior. For Europe, Mercedes swapped out the older 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel available in several states of tune, replacing it with a new (and better) 2.0-liter that is just better in every single way.

My tester was a V300d, motivated by the new four-pot oil-burner in its most powerful guise, in Avantgarde trim and with the AMG Line pack fitted on. The latter transforms the look of the big V, especially since it swaps out the front bumper for a sportier looking one that is as aggressive as on any other AMG pack-equipped Mercedes. Essentially, it adds an AMG pack-specific grille and AMG pack-specific rims (in this case seven-twin-spoke 19-inch rims that have a silver-black two-tone finish and they really match the vehicle’s silver paint).

Photography by Andrei Nedelea

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The 2020 Mercedes EQV Is the First Electric Luxury MPV, but Is It More than a V-Class with a Heart of Lithium?

The 2020 Mercedes EQV Is the First Electric Luxury MPV, but Is It More than a V-Class with a Heart of Lithium?

Mercedes EQV has a 405-km (251 miles) range and can carry up to eight people

Electrification has caught up with one of Mercedes’ largest passenger car offerings, its V-Class people carrier. What you’re looking at here is called the EQV and according to Mercedes, it is the only vehicle of its type currently available on the market.

It’s not Mercedes’ first commercial-type vehicle that has gone all-electric, as it follows in the footsteps of the eVito and eSprinter models. But unlike those models which are not especially luxurious or sport a premium feeling, the EQV has a more posh vibe about it (and a lot more range than either of them).

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2019 Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV

2019 Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV

The world’s first premium van with an all-electric drivetrain

The Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV is a vehicle that previews the company’s upcoming all-electric passenger van. Based on the existing V-Class production model, the EQV is part of Mercedes’ recently introduced EQ brand, which currently includes the EQC crossover. The production model is set to break cover at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Part of the EQ family of all-electric crossovers, the EQV follows in the footsteps of the Concept EQ, Concept EQA, and EQC. The second EQ show car to become a production model, the EQV doesn’t have a unique design language like the EQC. The concept is heavily based on the V-Class van and adds only a handful of new styling features, mostly inspired by the EQC, to the front fascia. But the good news is that it will become the first premium van with a seating capacity of up to eight people that features an all-electric drivetrain.

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Mercedes Concept EQV Previews the World's First Premium Electric Van

Mercedes Concept EQV Previews the World’s First Premium Electric Van

It looks like a V-Class with an EQC grille

Mercedes-Benz showed up at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show with a new vehicle that will expand it’s EQ-badge all-electric offering. Following the introduction of the EQC crossover, Mercedes now wants to expand into the van market with the EQV. It’s just a concept for now, but it previews an all-electric version of the V-Class passenger van.

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Custom Mercedes-Maybach V-Class - an Exceptional Coach - Exclusive Images and Video

Custom Mercedes-Maybach V-Class - an Exceptional Coach - Exclusive Images and Video

A Benz Van That Has Almost Become The Maybach

What you are seeing on these photos is a specially prepared Mercedes-Benz V-Class rigged out with Maybach gear. Of course, it is not a stock production model, but a finely customized V-Class probably produced for the French coach-limousine service - CLS Paris - where it is currently in service. This particular Maybach V-Class was filmed some time ago on the streets of Paris, and within the CLS Paris coach service, it complements the fleet with a couple of other high-end cars - including the equally black Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

In contrast to any other stock V-Class, this particular one comes with a fully customized interior - the same quality found in Mercedes-Maybach cars. That’s what makes this particular V-Class that incredible in the world of cars.

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Check Out the First Video Reviews of the 2019 Mercedes B-Class

Check Out the First Video Reviews of the 2019 Mercedes B-Class

The A-Class’ practical cousin tested

The fact that Mercedes made an all-new B-Class is proof that people don’t only want crossovers - Mercedes could have very easily replaced the B-Class with a taller and more rugged looking vehicle, yet it chose to evolve the outgoing B-Class’ identity and add as many new features as possible, instead of completely reimagining it.

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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class is Here and It's Still Ugly

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class is Here and It’s Still Ugly

The technology isn’t bad, though

The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class is here. If nobody remembers the previous generation, that’s okay, because Mercedes has made their new compact minivan crossover taller, longer, and more in-line with the current Merc styling trends.

The new B-Class just dropped at the Paris Motor Show while everyone’s looking at the new EQC and the brash-looking A35 AMG. But the B-Class doesn’t deserve to be overlooked - within its tight minivan-crossover class niche, only BMW’s 2-Series Active Tourer provides any real competition.

Some may argue that there isn’t much market left for these compact minivan crossovers, as people look towards SUVs of varying shapes and sizes as grocery-getters and family carriers. But Mercedes hopes there is. The problem with the B-Class is that it’s not particularly good looking - you can thank the headlights from the A-Class for that - but, at least, it looks better than the visual atrocity that is the 2-Series Active Tourer.

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The 2019 Mercedes B-Class Might not be Pretty, but it has Some Awesome Technology and Drivetrain Options

The 2019 Mercedes B-Class Might not be Pretty, but it has Some Awesome Technology and Drivetrain Options

You may not want to be seen in one, but gadgets will keep you entertained along the way

Mercedes has unveiled an all-new B-Class practical family car, and no, this new model isn’t very pretty either, continuing in its predecessors’ tracks, but there are plenty of other reasons you may want to buy one. I’m pretty sure it was never really bought based on styling, so that takes a back seat to the features it does offer its occupants.

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The 2019 Mercedes B-Class is Pulling into Paris for Tonights Debut but Here's a Teaser to Hold You Over

The 2019 Mercedes B-Class is Pulling into Paris for Tonights Debut but Here’s a Teaser to Hold You Over

We get a good look at the exterior and the overhauled interior

Leave it to Mercedes to get a jump on teasing the all-new Mercedes-Benz B-Class days ahead of its unveiling at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. The German automaker released a teaser video of the model, revealing a good amount of its exterior and interior designs. Major upgrades are in store for the next-generation B-Class as Mercedes works hard in shedding the model’s “ugly duckling” label.

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Mercedes Previews Future City Driving with Vision URBANETIC Concept

Mercedes Previews Future City Driving with Vision URBANETIC Concept

A tech-heavy look to the future

Auto show season is creeping up, and that means the concepts are starting to roll on out. One of the first out the gates is this new all-electric, fully autonomous, highly customizable transportation bubble from Mercedes-Benz Vans, which offers highly intelligent conveyance for not only people, but goods and cargo as well.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes Vision Urbanetic Concept.

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The Mercedes V-Class Night Edition is the Worst Thing to Come Out of Mercedes-AMG in a Long Time

The Mercedes V-Class Night Edition is the Worst Thing to Come Out of Mercedes-AMG in a Long Time

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.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Third-Generation Sprinter is more connected, includes electric version

Mercedes-Benz has debuted its third-generation Sprinter van in Duisburg, Germany, appropriately at a portside warehouse. This marks the first all-new Sprinter since 2006 and represents a huge leap forward for the utility vehicle. The van sports a new exterior design, a classy interior with touches from the E-Class, and Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system that recently debuted at the 2018 Consumer Electronics show. What’s more, the Sprinter is going electric with the eSprinter variant. Preliminary specs say it uses a 41.4 kWh battery pack with a range of roughly 100 miles.

The Sprinter has enjoyed a very successful run since its introduction in 1995. The van is currently sold in 130 markets and has a lifetime sales figure exceeding 3.4 million. Just last year, Mercedes sold 200,500 Sprinters globally. The new 2019 model replaces the aging second-generation Sprinter, which has been around since 2006. Unfortunately for the U.S., the new Sprinter won’t arrive until late 2019, likely making it a 2020 model.

Continue reading for more information.

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A Look Back at the Mercedes Utility Vehicles that Preceded the X-Class Truck

A Look Back at the Mercedes Utility Vehicles that Preceded the X-Class Truck

Mercedes-Benz has been building them since the 1920s!

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the X-Class, its first mass-produced pickup truck, and while it may seem weird for a premium company to build a car like this, the German brand is actually a big producer of utility vehicles. And it all started more than 100 years ago!

Long before his company developed into a luxury car manufacturer in the 1930s, Karl Benz actually built buses. He unveiled the world’s first motorized bus back in 1895 and actually competed against Gottlieb Daimler, soon to become his partner, in this field, with both exporting vehicles to England and Wales. Daimler and Benz merged into one company in 1926 and the success story of Mercedes-Benz began.

Continue reading for the full story.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo

2015 Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo

The Tokyo Auto Show is about to kick off, and manufacturers aren’t wasting time previewing their latest futuristic design concepts. Mercedes-Benz is bringing something truly unique to the table this year with its Vision Tokyo Concept. Like other concepts such as the Nissan IDS Concept and Nissan Leaf Autonomous Concept, the Mercedes Vision Tokyo Concept is moved by electric motors and is capable of fully autonomous driving.

According to Gorden Wagener, the Head of Design at Daimler AG, “The purity and sensuality of the Vision Tokyo’s styling defines a new interpretation of modern luxury from Mercedes-Benz.” Its design is slated to increase the appeal of the Mercedes brand the younger generations, and give a view into where Mercedes plans to go in the future with self-driving cars. Aside from its unique design and excessive lighting, the Vision Tokyo is also equipped with an advanced artificial intelligence system that is capable of learning and evolving as it learns about passenger preferences, where they go and what they like.

The Vision Tokyo is set to make its first public appearance on October 30th at none other than the Tokyo Motor Show. Until then, let’s take a look at what we already know about it and see just what we can expect when it debuts.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz V-Class AMG Line

2016 Mercedes-Benz V-Class AMG Line

The Mercedes V-Class has had an interesting life, to say the least. First introduced in 1996, the V-Class has undergone more name changes than Diddy himself. It was first called the V-Class before being rebranded as the Viano when the second-generation model arrived in 2004. Then in 2014, the third-generation model was introduced and with it, Mercedes went back to the van’s roots by bringing back the V-Class name. Depending on where you are in the world, iterations of the van have also been called the Vito, Marco Polo, and most recently in the US, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris.

The current 2014 Mercedes-Benz V-Class, or at least the one sold in Europe, is considered as one of the plushest people carriers in the market. The interior, for instance, is a picture of luxury, providing the same aura of elegance as some of Merc’s luxury sedans.The popularity of the V-Class is a big reason why Mercedes is trying to parlay that success by introducing the new V-Class AMG Line package for the people-mover.

Like most packages of this sort, the AMG Line features plenty of exterior and interior updates, all created with help coming from Merc’s performance division. It’s actually the first time AMG will get its hands on a model from Mercedes’ van division, so expect it to be dressed to the nines with plenty of new components, features and tech additions.

The V-Class AMG Line will be showcased at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Once it’s done turning heads at the exhibition floor, the AMG Line package will then head to dealerships where it’s set to become available in markets where the V-Class is sold.

Continue reading for my full review of the V-Class AMG Line.

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2015 Mercedes Sprinter

2015 Mercedes Sprinter

The Sprinter might not be the first vehicle that pops into peoples’ minds when they think Mercedes, but the van has certainly grown in popularity, even in the U.S. 2014 brought the versatile van a new look inside and out, along with a host of additional safety features and upgraded engine options. What’s more, 2015 brings the addition of the Sprinter 4x4 to the States. That makes Mercedes the only automaker to currently offer a 4WD van.

Astute van fans will recall General Motors’ Chevy Express and GMC Savanna vans offered AWD, but it the system was geared more towards foul weather than muddy job sites. The AWD system was limited to the 1500-series versions with the short wheelbase. That’s not the case with the Sprinter, as it boats an electronically operated transfer case with an available low range with each body configuration.

Speaking of body configurations, the Sprinter comes in nearly every shape and size, fitting the needs of small business owners to church groups needing to haul people. Mercedes offers no less than a dozen possible configurations between wheelbase lengths, roof heights, and weight classification (2500 and 3500 series).

Of course, there’s much more to the Sprinter’s new makeover, so keep reading for all the information.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Mercedes Sprinter.}

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Mercedes-AMG Announces Sprinter63 S

Mercedes-AMG Announces Sprinter63 S

Watch out, folks – the April Fools jokes are rolling in. Mercedes is first out of the gate with this gem, the Mercedes-AMG Sprinter63 S. Yep, Mercedes has rendered up what an AMG-built Sprinter van would look like. In fact, the rendering is scary-good and it includes all the right details one would expect from the German tuning house.

The AMG Sprinter63 S comes complete with AMG-spec wheels, a larger front valance, a power-bulge hood with twin vents, and a rear diffuser with quad exhaust tips. The high-roof van is then painted a beautiful grey and silver color with matching grey stripes. You know, because stripes add horsepower.

Speaking of horsepower, the gag gets even better. Mercedes says the Sprinter63 S comes powered by its new 4.0-liter biturbo V-8. The hand-built engine makes 503-horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, just as it does in the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT S. Mercedes’ press material says the Sprinter63 S is ready to haul a lot more than just cargo. We’d concur.

Keeping the shiny side up is an AMG custom-engineered sport suspension that allows the Sprinter63 S to blast around tracks like the Nürburgring with grace and speed. Stopping performance is also improved thanks to those AMG-spec brakes peaking through the double-spoke AMG wheels. Undoubtedly they’re wrapped in summer performance rubber that meats all the demands of track duty and local deliveries.

There’s no word on whether Mercedes will offer the Sprinter63 S with the van’s recently release 4WD version. If so, expect this beast to be even more deadly at the track thanks to the added traction and low-range gears.

Continue reading for Mercedes’ full press release

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2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris

Mercedes-Benz has just announced it will be launching its midsize van into the U.S. and Canadian markets come October 2015. Meet the 2016 Metris. For those outside North America, this van should look familiar, as it’s basically the Vito. The Vito turned Metris packs a big punch in terms of its large interior volume relative to its compact exterior dimensions. Available in both cargo and passenger versions, the Metris offers room for eight or two full-size pallets.

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