The Mercedes-Benz Metris is dead in the United States after 2023, as is the rest of the mid-size-van segment. Since they’re still desirable in other markets, Mercedes has revealed a new series of V-class cargo and passenger vans. The diverse lineup ranges from the standard version to the electric EQV to the campsite-exploring Marco Polo van.
The updated vans have redesigned instrument clusters and the latest version of Mercedes’s MBUX infotainment system. The standard V-class, Marco Polo, and EQV come equipped with a pair of 12.3-inch displays and a new center console that features an optional wireless charger. Mercedes also turned up the luxe dial on the new vans, adding a remote-start function, heated steering wheel, dimmed rear lighting for night driving, and 64-color ambient interior lighting.
The V-class’s bodywork now looks sharper too. Select trims get an LED light band surrounding the grille, which is now bigger than before. The headlights and taillights are also revised, and, depending on the trim, adaptive LED headlights are standard or optional. Along with five new paint colors, there are newly designed 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels. Our favorite is the monoblock wheels on the luxurious V-class Exclusive, which also has a sweet thee-pointed-star hood ornament.
Mercedes says the updates to the V-class serve as a bridge to an all-electric future. After all, VAN.EA—a new EV-specific platform—is planned for 2026 and onwards. Mercedes also expects its electric vans to make up more than 50 percent of sales in both private and commercial figures by the end of the decade.
Source : CARANDDRIVER