The design is strikingly different from the old model both inside and out. Mercedes-Benz boasts: ‘Its emotive design represents a flawless blend of form and function and whets the appetite for the innovative and practical technology under the surface.’
There will be three wheelbases, four body lengths ranging from 5,243 mm to 7,343 mm, three roof heights and a plethora of body options.
The new range includes variants between 3.0 and 5.0 tonnes gross vehicle weight, with load capacity of between seven and 17 cubic metres. Diesel engines will range from 88 bhp to 184 bhp and a V6 petrol will have a blistering 258 bhp, although this model is unlikely come to the UK.
Thorax airbags will be available in addition to the driver’s and front passenger airbags and window bags fitted to its predecessor. Another highlight is the standard addition on all models of adaptive ESP – the latest generation of the Electronic Stability Program.
Also included as standard are 16-inch wheels with disc brakes all round, ABS brakes, electronic brake force distribution and hydraulic Brake Assist (BAS).
Prices will be announced nearer the launch.