Mercedes-Benz has announced UK pricing and specification for its new Marco Polo camper van, based on the long wheelbase version of the new V-Class people carrier range.
Starting at just over £53,000, the Marco Polo can carry four people in a seated or sleeping configuration. A two-seat bench (optimistically described as a ‘sofa’) carries passengers when travelling and folds into a bed for sleeping, complete with under-bed storage, while a separate roof bed is accessed via an electrically-raised roof.
The Marco Polo is fitted out with a comprehensive range of equipment, including a built-in kitchenette with a fridge and hob, a wardrobe, generous luggage compartment, camping table with two chairs and storage bags, three-zone climate control, Garmin navigation system, rear-view camera, and front and rear parking sensors. Wood flooring in the main compartment is available in a choice of two colours. External connectors for power and fresh water are built in.
Two versions of the familiar Mercedes-Benz 2.1-litre diesel engine will be offered; the V 22 d model producing 163hp and 380Nm, and the V 250 d model producing 190hp and 440Nm. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines, and Mercedes-Benz claims 44.8 mpg for both models on the official combined cycle test.
Two trim levels will be offered in the UK; Sport and AMG Line, mirroring most of the current Mercedes-Benz passenger car range.
The Sport models are kitted out with 18-inch alloy wheels, while the AMG Line versions (add £2,140) get 19-inch bi-colour wheels, different bumpers, tailgate spoiler and standard metallic paint (£645 on the Sport).
The starting price for the Marco Polo V 220 d Sport is £53,180 on-road, and the V 250 d Sport is £55,055 on-road. The V 220 d AMG Line starts at £55,320 on-road while the V 250 d AMG Line is £57,195 on-road. The Marco Polo range is available to order now, with first UK deliveries expected to start in Spring 2017.