We’re slowly approaching that time of the year when the summer is almost over and we’re already thinking about the start of a new school year for our children – and then Mercedes pops up with these caravans and sends us on a last minute trip.
Mercedes’ vans have always been a very popular choice for the aftermarket specialists that convert them into campers, but starting last year the company itself entered the game with the factory-built Vito Marco Polo. Very conventional – when discussing such conversions – the Marco Polo is of course of very fine quality, as it should, because it has to go against the very popular VW California, the only other choice when discussing brand-produced campers.
Next week’s Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf, Germany will have Mercedes showcasing new versions of the Marco Polo. We have the Marco Polo Edition that comes with an Exterior Sports Package and 17-inch wheels, plus numerous infotainment, navigation, and climate control upgrades. Next up is the Activity Edition (the one with trailer), which has the same array of infotainment, nav, and climate control updates but different stylistic choices. It’s also way more affordable than the Edition because it relies on the less powerful engines. The Marco Polo range can fall in between 88 horsepower, front-wheel-drive and a 190 hp all-wheel-drive version. The AMG Line version should be easy to spot, while the black-wheeled Vansportcamper was manufactured by specialist Terracamper.