STUTTGART, Germany - Mercedes-Benz has redefined the MPV with the new V-Class. Destined for SA, the new eight-seater is packed with treats.The new Viano replacement V-Class, which will launch in the UK in early 2015, will arrive in South Africa towards the end of the second quarter/early third quarter in 2015, says Mercedes-Benz SA. Mercedes-Benz V-Class image galleryThe V-Class will be available with an exterior sports package and an interior design package, two wheelbases offering two lengths up to 5.37m, two engines and also many optional extras, says the automaker.SA-BOUNDMercedes –Benz SA said: “Even though the V-Class is headed here, we still have to confirm the model range.”Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division Dr Dieter Zetsche said: "With the new V-Class we are expanding the Mercedes-Benz premium passenger car range with a saloon for up to eight people."Functionality is a must for an MPV. Comfort and style are the icing on the cake. The new V-Class combines both in a way no other vehicle in this segment can offer."In terms of styling, the upright radiator grille features the three-dimensional central star and the head lights have optional LED technology functions available for the first time. Mercedes says the sculptured V-shaped bonnet merges elegantly into the chrome frame of the radiator grille and the lights. Inside there’s fine nappa leather available for the seats, steering wheel and shift lever, along with subtle ambient lighting in three colours. There’s a styled two-part instrument panel, a leather-look cockpit upper section with lavishly finished top-stitching as an option.SEATS FOR EIGHTThe MPV comes with four individual luxury seats with armrests in two seat rows and can be folded forward. An optional folding table can be installed between the individual seats in the first row.The automaker says as an alternative to the individual seats, a two-passenger bench seat with two-piece, individually folding backrest, or a three-passenger bench seat with two-piece seat cushion and three-piece backrest is available for both rear rows. And, if you’re on the long road and you need to turn your car into a mobile motel, the third row can be equipped with a three-passenger bench seat to make for a comfy bed. Drawers are located underneath the third section and can be used as a second loading level while other goods can also be stored under all seats.The rear windscreen can be opened and closed independently of the tailgate – which is optionally available as an ‘easy pack’ electrical tailgate. ENGINESThe V-Class will be launched with a 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with two models. First up will be the V 220 CDI making 121kW and 380Nm with a claimed fuel consumption of 5.7 litres/100km and 149g/km C02 emission. The top-of-the-line V 250 BlueTEC engine pushes out 142kW and 440Nm and comes with the agility select function which works with the automatic transmission. This enables the driver to choose from four driving modes with a push of a button: economical, comfortable, sporty and manual. All modes, excluding ‘economy’ adds an extra 10kW and 40Nm taking the power figures up to 150kW/ 480Nm. Standard equipment includes a free-standing 18cm central display, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with 12 function keys and a sporty drive selector lever with steering-wheel paddles, an adjustable steering column, luxury front seats with sidebags, electric parking brake and a rear sliding door.The automaker says there are also leather seats, leather steering wheel, ambience lighting, wood-look trim, LED high performance headlights with Intelligent Light System, separately opening rear windscreen with second loading level, an additional sliding door on the left, laminated glass windows for additional noise reduction, and the agility control suspension.