Mercedes-Benz has used the 2015 edition of the Geneva motor show to officially introduce the Concept V-ision e plug-in hybrid model, a V Class that has 333 hp on board.
The fancy named concept is actually pretty close to a production version, being based without many modifications on the standard V Class model, while the plug-in hybrid system has already seen the light of day in production form inside the Mercedes-Benz C350 e. The hybrid system mates a 4-cylinder petrol engine that develops 210 HP (155 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) to a 122 HP (90 kW) and 340 Nm (251 lb-ft) electric motor. Total power output sits at 333 HP (245 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque. That’s enough for a highly dynamic minivan that can reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.1 seconds and top out at 206 km/h (128 mph). That’s above the current production flagship of the V Class – the V 250 BlueTEC. All that oomph comes without serious monetary expenses when it comes to refueling with gasoline, thanks to a rated average fuel consumption of just 3 liters/100 km – which translate into CO2 emissions of 71 g/km. The MPV’s all-electric range stands at up to 50 km if the driver doesn’t exceed 80 km/h (50 mph).
In terms of design, the concept seems to befit the AMG division – there are new and sportier bumpers and skirts, a rear spoiler and the minivan rides on 20-inch multi-spoke alloy rims. All the exterior changes seem to be minimal enough that a production version could be just around the fence. Inside the cabin the concept is decisively upscale and comes with a glass roof, white nappa leather for the two executive seats that can also fiddle with the iPad’s located in the integrated holders mounted onto the driver and front-passenger seat backrests.