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Mercedes V-Class Van

Soon to join the list of new Mercedes-Benz inventory, the Benz brand has returned to the luxury minivan segment with a resurrection of the V-Class – the commercial-based van first introduced to the Mercedes lineup in 1996. Positioned as an upmarket rival to popular minivans such as Volkswagen Multivan, the new V-Class was conceived and developed in a joint-engineering program with the third-generation Vito.

As many as eight passengers can fit inside the 2014 V-Class, which is available in two wheelbases and three lengths. There are also three engine options, all including a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel units. Starting with the base model,  the V 200 boasts 136 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque, followed by a V 220 with 163 hp and 280 lb-ft and a top-level V 250 that offers 190 hp and 325 lb-ft. In top trim, Mercedes claims as much pulling power as its previous V6 turbodiesel while using 28 percent less fuel.

Inside, with so many variants to choose from, interior options and configurations are plentiful, with all options available in everything from basic trim, which includes a seven-inch LCD screen and an audio system, to fully-loaded with leather and LED lighting. A selective damping system is also available as part of the brand’s Agility Control suspension. To no surprise, Mercedes has followed the van industry’s shifts towards more car-like interiors with a curved dash, analog gauges, circular air vents and a touch screen mounted on top of the center stack. Both six- and eight-seater variants are offered.

There 2014 V-Class offers four different driving parameters built into the seven-speed automatic transmission: economical, comfortable, sporty and manual. Using that first mode actually reduces power through engine tuning for greater efficiency.

Keep your eye out for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz V-Class Minivan, rumored to arrive in the U.S. soon. Visit Mercedes-Benz of Tucson for the latest.