Really? What’s new?
Given that it’s lacking much in the way of a visual freshen-up, the good news is that the mechanicals have been given a thorough overhaul.
Ousted is the torquey-but-talky 2.1-litre diesel unit and in its place is the much more refined 1950cc motor already seeing service in the E-Class range.
Initially, the UK will be offered the OM 654 unit in V250d and new V300d forms, with 187bhp/325lb ft and 236bhp/369lb ft, respectively. The punchier unit’s good to haul the V-Class from 0-62mph in just 7.9 seconds, although your seven passengers aren’t likely to appreciate such thrusting exuberance.
Out also goes the old 7G-Tronic auto ‘box, replaced by the newer, smoother nine-speeder. British-bound V-Classes aren’t offered with a manual transmission.
If they sound a tad rich for your pocket, a detuned version will appear in a new V220d towards the end of 2019, but don’t expect a Mercedes-AMG V63 anytime soon.