The V-Class Marco Polo is Mercedes-Benz’s answer for home on wheels. It is the German automaker’s latest add-on in its MPV line-up and has been unveiled in all its glory at the Auto Expo 2020 which is ongoing in Noida. It is based on a V-class but gets a lot of modifications to get converted to the home you need on wheels.
The V-class was always focused on long touring but the Marco Polo is catered for the campers. It puts forth a very good case of camping and has all of the necessary components to assist you while camping atop a hill. Mercedes-Benz has focused on comfort and luxury in the new Marco Polo and thus boasts of several features to mimic a fully-fledged house.
Marco Polo will be available in two variants; the base Marco Polo Horizon and “Standard” Marco Polo. The base variant is priced at Rs. 1.38 crore and the standard version comes in at a whopping Rs. 1.46 crore. This puts the Marco Polo range atop Mercedes-Benz’s V-class line-up and is now officially the priciest MPVs in this line-up. The above-mentioned are Ex-showroom pan-India pricing and technically speaking doesn’t have any competitors either in terms of pricing or feature list. Mercedes-Benz India has started taking in bookings for this extravagant duo.
The Marco Polo duo is powered by a 2.0L inline-four turbocharged diesel engine that pumps out 160.7 bhp of power and 380 Nm of torque. These are the numbers for the V220d variant and as of now, there is no confirmation of a petrol powerplant. But this isn’t a performance machine and thus the above numbers will do good. The 2.0L turbo-diesel is a common powerplant in the V-class line-up. This engine is coupled to a potent 9-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox and powers the rear wheels.
Dimensionally, the Marco Polos are based on the long-wheelbase version of the V-class and has a larger footprint. It is 5140 mm long, 1928 mm wide and 1901 mm high with a wheelbase of 3200 mm. This gives a lot of cabin space and Mercedes-Benz has utilized is well and even the area above!
The interior is nothing short of a home. In its most wholesome state, the V-class Marco Polo can lavishly accommodate four people. The standard trim comes equipped with a wardrobe, a foldout table, a 40-L fridge and an equipped kitchenette. Oh! It also has a sofa-cum bed! Even with all of these add-ons, Mercedes-Benz didn’t compromise on the luxury front and the interior is laden with leather upholstery and comes with a wood finish for flooring. The most insane feature is that of the roof opening up to make the cabin airier and help amplify the overall setup. It also houses the second bed. The base variant, however, misses out on the kitchenette and few other comforts. But it still doesn’t take away it’s home on wheels” tag.
Mercedes-Benz is bringing this duo in limited number to India as there will not be many takers for such segment of vehicles. We surely are seeing a boom in the MPV market but that is confined to the lower end, upto the Rs.40 lakh bracket. The V-Class Marco Polo is catered for a very narrow audience and people looking for a well-built home on wheels.