Official images of the all-new Mercedes V-Class MPV have been published, revealing the classy new interior for the very first time. It's set to replace the Viano in the Mercedes line-up, with a full public debut expected to take place at the Geneva Motor Show 2014 in March next year, before going on sale in mid 2014.
Currently in the final stages of development, the Mercedes V-Class uses the codename W447 and sees the revival of the V-Class name after it was dropped back in 2001. It also serves as a replacement for the slow-selling R-Class people carrier.
The revamped interior confirms Mercedes is aiming the V-Class as a family-orientated vehicle and is the German manufacturers’ attempt at a large MPV, able to carry up to seven people. Business customers will still be able to buy a larger, cheaper and more basic version sold under the Vito name, however.
The new V-Class interior features familiar Mercedes design cues such as the split-level dash and large air-vents, and the tablet-style infotainment system and leather trimmed steering wheel can also be seen. There’s also a tiered seating layout, which maximises interior space. An S-Class-inspired centre console has shed most of its buttons with a floating rotary controller for navigating the major functions.
Another plus for the V-Class is the safety tech Mercedes says it will be fitted with. Blind spot monitoring and parking assist systems from the E-Class and S-Class are likely to make their way into the MPV.