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The New Mercedes V-Class Marco Polo Is A Luxury Campervan


This tech-laden camper isn't your grandfather's Westfalia

  • The carmaker has announced a launch date of February 6.
  • This will be India’s first factory-spec campervan.
  • Likely to come with features like a roof-mounted tent and smart home connected car tech.
  • Prices are likely to be higher than the recently launched V-Class.

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will launch the V-Class Marco Polo campervan in India at Auto Expo 2020. The campervan variant of the V-Class will launch on February 6. It is likely to come in a long-wheelbase form with multiple seat configurations. We expect it to be priced higher than the V-Class, which retails from Rs 68.40 lakh to Rs 1.10 crore (ex-showroom India). Expect the V-Class Marco Polo to be priced at around Rs 1.20 crore.  

The Marco Polo variant is available internationally in 5- and 4-seater variants. The former gives you a three-seater couch with a bed extender. The latter gets you a slightly smaller bed but adds a kitchenette complete with a stove, mini-refrigerator, foldout table, inlet for water, and an auxiliary power plug.

Both front seats can be swivelled to face backwards. A pop-up roof holds a tent, which can be electrically adjusted to make room for two bedchambers. Although both the extra-long wheelbase and long-wheelbase models are available in India, the Marco Polo is likely to be the long-wheelbase model.

India’s first campervan will have a host of connected car features as part of the Mercedes Me app. For one, you’ll be able to control the ambient lighting from your phone. The V-Class also features Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system.

The India-spec Marco Polo is likely to be powered by the same BS6 2.0-litre engine found under the bonnet of the V-Class. It makes 163PS of power and 380Nm of torque and is likely to be mated to the 9G-Tronic automatic transmission.

Once launched, the Mercedes V-Class Marco Polo will be the first OEM-spec luxury campervan in India. We hope to see more lifestyle vehicles make an appearance in our country and its national park campsites.

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