The local line-up again comprises five seven-seater variants, each powered by a 2,1-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine (offered in three states of tune). As we pointed out when we sampled the V300d in Spain in April, the new 2,0-litre OM654 units and their nine-speed automatic transmissions are not coming to South Africa (for now, at least).
Instead, the SA-spec version of the refreshed V-Class soldiers on with the old oil-burner, again offered in 100 kW/330 N.m form in the case of the V200d, 120 kW/380 N.m guise for the V220d and 140 kW/440 N.m for the flagship V250d. All models employ a seven-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels.
Pricing now starts at R913 951 and tops out at R1 292 474. This represents an increase of around three percent.
As before, the V220d and V250d derivatives are also available in Avantgarde trim, which includes items such as Nappa leather, heated (and ventilated) front seats (complete with electric adjustment), a Burmester surround sound system, electrical operation of the sliding doors, 19-inch alloys, sportier exterior styling and more.
Various options – such as the AMG Line package (R55 413) and a panoramic sliding roof (R32 084) – are again offered, depending on the model.
*Note: an earlier version of this story suggested Mercedes-Benz SA had actually reduced pricing, based on the figures published on the local configurator. However, the firm failed to include VAT on its configurator (despite a note saying VAT was indeed included).
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