Mercedes’ new V the bridge to an Electric Van future
Mercedes-Benz has unleashed its latest line-up of V class cargo and passenger vans. Featuring a bold new nose. there’s also a fresh cabin with a redesigned instrument panel and latest MBUX tech. The diverse new line-up ranges from the standard version to the electric EQV to the Marco Polo camper van (below).
Sharper V Class moves upmarket
The most noticeable change is sharper, bolder bodywork. The grille is now far bigger than before and some upmarket trims even get an LED light band around the revised head and taillights. Adaptive LEDs are optional.
Newly designed 17, 18 and 19-inch wheels are joined by five new paint colours, including uber-cool monoblock wheels on the V-class Exclusive with its cool thee-pointed-star hood ornament.
New instruments, uprated V cabin
The updated vans get a redesigned instrument cluster and latest Mercedes’s MBUX ‘My Mercedes’ infotainment. The standard, Marco Polo, and EQV V-classes come with a pair of 12.3-inch displays. And an optional wireless charger on the new centre console
There’s also a newremote-start function, heated steering wheel, dimmed rear lighting for night driving, and 64-color ambient interior lighting. Mercedes explains that this vehicle is the bridge to an all-van electric future.
‘The bridge to an all-electric future’
A new EV-specific VAN.EA platform comes in 2026. Benz reckons electric vans will make up more than 50 percent of its sales by the end of the decade. Expect new V-class in South Africa in the next 18-24 months.