The 2020 Auto China in Beijing has seen the introduction of several new vehicles over the weekend, including the 2021 Mercedes-Benz V-Class aimed exclusively at the People’s Republic – which holds a quarter of all examples sold globally.
A facelift of the current generation, this luxury minivan is built at the Fuzhou plant by the Daimler joint venture Fujian Benz Automotive Co., Ltd (FBAC), and has been specifically tailored for Chinese customers.
Like its European counterpart, the 2021 V-Class offered in China sports an updated exterior design, new paint colors and rims, as well as the 9G-Tronic automatic torque converter transmission and AirMatic air suspension. The vehicle is also safer as it is available with Active Brake Assist and Highbeam Assist Plus.
New equipment has been added in the cabin, with an emphasis placed on the comfort of rear passengers. As a result, the 2021 V-Class has redesigned luxury seats in the second row, with heating, ventilation and massage functions, plus head restraints, leg and footrests, as well as light wood trim with embedded ambient lighting that decorates the backrests of the front seats, extended armrests, smartphone storage trays, cup holders and USB ports.
Offered in three trim levels (Pilot, Exclusive and Luxury), the facelifted minivan features the MBUX infotainment system, with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display, a touchpad on the center console and self-teaching voice control, activated by saying ‘Hey Mercedes’. Things such as Baidu Carlife, WeChat, Mercedes me connect, QQmusic and a variety of other features are also integrated.