The Mercedes-Benz V-Class made its local debut back in 2015, although somehow it feels like the luxurious people mover has around for much longer. Since its arrival on local soil, the model has been a success, and now the brand is ready to build on that success by adding a V300d to their model range.

In terms of the overall design, not much has changed in the Mercedes-Benz MPV, we saw the facelift being introduced into our market in 2019 and frankly, the V300d embodies all of the existing design cues. So what exactly has changed? Well besides the obvious engine upgrade, which we’ll get into in a moment, you now have the option of having the sporty AMG Line body styling on the AVANTGARDE and Exclusive models.

Inside is where the V-Class has always scored most of its points. Here you find the same highly configurable and rear seating designed for comfort, except now there’s the option of having luxury seats which will keep rear occupants more than satisfiedwith functions such as reclining, heating and massaging. Anyone complaining at the back may need to spend a day in a mini-bus taxi to recalibrate their senses. Seven seats are available as standard, however, this number can be increased or decreased depending on customer specification, to either a 6 or 8 seater.

Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) has finally made its way into the MPV. The system operates chiefly through the 10.25-inch screen and allows users to use voice commands to operate vehicle functions. What’s more is that the large infotainment screen responds to touch inputs, meaning one can toggle through menus and settings directly. The MBUX system is available across the V-Class range.

An improved 2.0-litre diesel engine, codename OM 654, rejoins the lineup and takes residency in the new V300d. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine has been tweaked for reduced emissions and lower consumption according to Mercedes-Benz. There are noise and vibration improvements as well, says the firm. How does it translate to power figures you’re wondering? Well, it has an output of 176 kW and 500 Nm of torque, which on paper looks sufficient enough to shuttle the MPV around effortlessly. Under hard acceleration, the diesel engine will eagerly offer up an additional 30 Nm on over-boost. All this power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a 9G-Tronic gearbox, which makes its debut in the brand’s local Van range.

Nice to have features include an electrically closing tailgate, a split window in the tailgate which essentially allows users to access the boot area through the glass window for quick and easy access. The V300d will be available in three different trims for our market;  AVANTGARDE,  AMG Line AVANTGUARD, and  EXCLUSIVE.

Pricing starts at R1 440 023.

By Gugu Masuku