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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

The van made its grand debut at the 2015 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis to a crowd of fleet companies, aftermarket upfitters, and business owners. Designed to fit beneath the Mercedes Sprinter in terms of size and capability, the Metris directly competes against the Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200, and Ram C/V Tradesman – the latter of which is the cargo version of the Dodge Caravan.

The Metris is full of surprises, including its longitudinally oriented, rear-wheel drive architecture, its host of electronic safety systems, and relatively low starting price. Turns out Mercedes has a new ‘least-expensive’ vehicle in showrooms.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz Concept V-ision E

2015 Mercedes-Benz Concept V-ision E

Replacing both the Viano minivan and the ill-fated R-Class crossover, the new Mercedes-Benz V-Class went on sale in 2014. Unlike its predecessors, the model is powered exclusively by a range of four-cylinder diesel engines, but Mercedes is expected to add other drivelines in the near future. One of those could be a gasoline plug-in hybrid, albeit Mercedes-Benz is still studying the interest for such a model.

Based on the production V-Class, the Mercedes-Benz Concept V-ision E offers a take on a future plug-in hybrid version for the luxury MPV, blending increased performance with much-improved fuel economy. The concept is powered by an improved version of the plug-in hybrid system used on the C350e, offering the highest output of any V-Class and the option of all-electric driving.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz Concept V‑ision E.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz V-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz V-Class

Rumors have been circulating for quite some time now that Mercedes will bring a new model to its lineup. And now those rumors are coming true, as the new V-Class set to arrive on the market sometime next year. This is the second time Mercedes-Benz will make use of the V-Class name — Mercedes still calls the Viano the V-Class in select markets around the globe.

The new V-Class will replace both the Viano and the wildly unsuccessful R-Class, and will be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Sales will begin shortly after that.

The new V-Class — codenamed W447 — will receive a more aggressive design language when compared to the current Viano and a more luxurious interior. The first images reveal an interior with a removable touch pad on the upper section of the center console, and a premium cabin with wood inserts, chocolate leather upholstery and several metallic accents.

Under the hood, we will likely see gasoline and diesel engines, with the most powerful version delivering up to 190 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes V-Class.

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2006 - 2007 Mercedes R500 By Infinite Auto Design

2006 - 2007 Mercedes R500 By Infinite Auto Design

Anybody remember the Mercedes-Benz R-Class? Long story short, it was Mercedes-Benz’s attempt to popularize the MPV-meets-SUV segment, which included the likes of the now-deceased Chrysler Pacifica.

Even with the Mercedes-Benz image, this car was a failure due to it being hideously ugly and overly expensive — a failure that Mercedes later admitted. Once sales began, the starting price of the R-Class was very close to the starting price of the flagship S-Class. So, unless you owned a 5-star hotel with airport-transfer service, the R-Class never really justified its usefulness over the S-Class.

Keeping all of that aside, the R-Class isn’t exactly the type of car that would cross most minds when it comes to modification. At SEMA, however, cars showcased don’t really bend to convention. With that thought in mind, Infinite Auto Design decided to lease some new life to the forsaken R-Class.

Underneath that AMG-esque body kit is a standard R500 that is powered by an unmodified 5.0-liter V-8 engine. This means it cranks out 302-horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t too bad for a minivan-SUV crossover in its era.

The exterior embraces the full blown treatment that any car at Infinite Auto Design would receive. It gets custom-built front and rear bumpers that add some eye-candy to the standard and rather boring design. The car is then wrapped in a gray matte paint job and fitted with a set of delicious looking, 20-inch Forgestar wheels.

Overall, this car can only be appreciated for its attempt at injecting a few ounces of "cool" into the R-Class, much like the nowhere-to-be-seen R63 AMG.

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2012 Mercedes Vito E-Cell

2012 Mercedes Vito E-Cell

As any respectable modern manufacturer, Mercedes started to develop new technologies to increase the efficiency of its vehicles. One of the models selected to be fitted with its latest technology is the Vito E-Cell, a spacious and practical van designed for those who put interior space and cargo volume at the top of their auto needs list.

The fuel powered Mercedes Vito is one of the most appreciated vans in its class and can even be considered the segment’s leader. Given the fact that the E-Cell version is significantly more efficient than its sibling and offers the same amount of cargo space, it could prove to be a pretty smart choice, especially for commercial operators that are constantly searching for the most cost efficient method of transport.

At the heart of the Mercedes Vito E-Cell sits a pack of high-performance lithium-ion batteries which have a combined capacity of 36kWh. The battery pack powers a 60 kW electric motor and offer a range of 130 km. Unfortunately, the Mercedes Vito’s payload capacity was affected by its electric drivetrain and was dropped to 730 kg from 900 kg.

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2013 Mercedes Viano/Vito

2013 Mercedes Viano/Vito

Mercedes is prepping its lineup for a complete overhaul in the next few years, even for its less than spectacular Viano, which is the passenger version of the Vito commercial panel van. The first generation Viano has been on the market since 2004 and was due for a new look.

At first glance, these first spy images of the Viano look to be a hot AMG version with a raised hood and a bigger grille marking the most grandiose of changes. But, before anyone gets too excited, this is just a mule for the next generation Viano and that raised hood and bigger grille are there to make room for the new engine and cooling systems, which were too big to fit under the old setup.

Expect to see the new Viano/Vito make its public debut in late 2013 or 2014, quite possibly next to a Renault version since Mercedes and Renault are working together on both cars and transporters.

Updated 03/09/2012: The future Mercedes Viano has been caught testing again, this time wearing a black paint under the camouflage.

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2008 Mercedes R320 CDI 4-Matic

2008 Mercedes R320 CDI 4-Matic

The Mercedes R-Class was introduced back in 2006, a time where minivan sales where plummeting and crossovers were coming out of every design studio. It was no surprise that Mercedes wanted a part of the action, made strong from their alliance with Chrysler, a leader in the minivan market. What was more surprising was the product. The R-Class was a self proclaimed ’Sport Cruiser’. The R-class was touted as a vehicle half way between the comfortable minivan and the smaller and more stylish crossover.

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2008 Mercedes Viano X-CLUSIVE

2008 Mercedes Viano X-CLUSIVE

The airy, spacious feel of an MPV coupled with the exclusive appointments of a luxury saloon and the technical and visual attributes of a sports car - the new Viano X-CLUSIVE brings together this extraordinary combination. The name says it all: the Viano special model appeals to all the senses without compromising its basic values of spaciousness and variability.

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