Mercedes-Benz may roll out its new V-class minivan and Vito commercial vehicle in the United States in 2015, company insiders told Automotive News. The new minivan and commercial vehicle are set to go on sale in spring in Europe. When it arrives in the US, the V class minivan would be targeted against the Chrysler Town & Country, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna.
The V-class would be the only rear-wheel-drive offering in the minivan segment and would be a bit larger than its US rivals. The Vito commercial van, meanwhile, would be targeted against the Ford Transit and the Chevrolet City Express/Nissan NV 200 sibling models. Both the V class and the Vito are underpinned by the same rwd platform, with all-wheel drive available.
The vehicles will be powered by either a four-cylinder engine or a six-cylinder powerplant. The V class will be carlike and have a more upscale interior than the Viano van it is replacing. It will boast of wood decor, ambient lighting and many electronic features.
Customers could also avail of a large panoramic roof for the V class. Volker Mornhinweg, global head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, told Automotive News earlier this year that the Sprinter was a "door opener" and said a US rollout of the new models was possible.