Mercedes-Benz surprised us in Geneva with a luxury plug-in hybrid van based on the new-generation V-Class. The V-ision e Concept brings a heap of cool new technologies and luxury-oriented accommodation solutions.
The Geneva concept uses the same propulsion system as the new Mercedes-Benz C 350 e. It consists of a four-cylinder gasoline engine with 155 kW (210 hp) and an electric motor (90 kW) delivering a total system output of 245 kW (333 hp) and system torque of up to 600 Nm. Rated fuel consumption is estimated at less than 3.0 liters per 100 km – CO2 emissions of 71 g per km.
Its four-cylinder gasoline engine has an output of 155 kW (210 hp) and develops a maximum torque of 350 Nm, while the electric motor delivers 90 kW and 340 Nm of torque. The Concept V‑ision e sprints from 0–100 km/h in 6.1 seconds, which makes this hybrid even faster out of the box than the current V 250 BlueTEC top engine variant.
It’s got an all-electric range of up to 50 kilometers if driven at a maximum speed of 80 km/h, short daily trips to work becoming completely emission free. The high-voltage lithium-ion battery with a total capacity of 13.5 kWh can be recharged using an external power source.
The vehicle’s intelligent drive-system management program automatically selects the ideal combination of combustion engine and electric motor. The range of options here includes a nearly silent electrical start (silent start), use of the electric motor to support the gasoline engine during acceleration, for example (boost), and energy recovery (recuperation) during braking and when the vehicle is coasting. All recovered energy is stored in the battery and can later be used for electric driving or for the boost function. Drivers can also manage hybrid interaction manually, in which case they can choose from four different modes (Hybrid, E-Mode, E-Save and Charge) that can be selected using a switch.
Stylistically, Mercedes took the subtle way, adding a fascinating designo titanium alubeam paint and a sporty-aerodynamic styling, sporty side skirts and bumpers, a rear spoiler and multi-spoke 20-inch wheels with a high-sheen polish.
The interior is probably brings more note-worthy changes, mimicking the atmosphere of a modern loft. Virtually the entire roof of the vehicle is made of glass. The 1.92 x 1.12-m panoramic sliding sunroof is divided into two sections and lets in an extraordinary amount of light. Combined with the white nappa leather and white DINAMICA microfiber material that seem to float above the contrasting dark floor made of English walnut, the roof creates an incomparable feeling of expansiveness, freedom, and lightness.
The executive seats in the rear offer outstanding additional comfort, especially on longer journeys. As is the case in the S‑Class, these seats are ideal for either concentrated work or relaxation. The push of a button is all it takes to recline the seats into a lying position with an inclination of up to 49 degrees. The Concept V‑ision e provides a comfortable working environment with two foldable convenient tables and two iPad holders integrated into the driver and front-passenger seat backrests.