March 11, 2017, 3:30 AM
For discerning buyers who year for a Mercedes-Benz vehicle but also need a minivan to attend to family duties AND want a camper in which to get away on weekends, Mercedes-Benz is offering the new Marco Polo Horizon.
Based on the Viano compact van (Metris in North America), the Horizon is the latest variant in the Marco Polo family, substituting the original’s galley and wardrobe for more seating (up to seven). As a result of adding a wider rear bench, it also adds sleeping space for one more person. The other member of the clan, the Activity, is much like the new Horizon but with just five seats.
“With our new Marco Polo Horizon, we appeal to customers who want the handling and high-quality design of a passenger car but need a flexible vehicle for their active leisure pursuits,” explains Klaus Maier, Head of Marketing and Sales Mercedes-Benz Vans.
Aimed at trend-conscious adventurers looking for flexible and functional vehicles for spontaneous trips to chase their outdoor activities, the Marco Polo Horizon features a Wesfalia-constructed pop-up roof that can make sleeping space for two or can be pulled down to stand less than two metres tall to allow it to easily fit in a home garage and any standard height parking garage.
The interior can be equipped with the Marco Polo’s 5-seat arrangement consisting of a rear, 3-position bench and front seats that can swivel to create a living/dining room interior; or, it can be equipped with four individual rear seats in two rows, or even the rear bench and individual middle row seats. Drawers underneath the rear bench provide stowage space.
The interior is highly customizable, with customers able to pick from high quality materials such as wood trim or Lugano leather. Of course, taking the family out these days means not necessarily leaving connectivity behind, so the Marco Polo features the Mercedes me connect services, which also allows control of vehicle functions via smartphone, tablet or PC.
Meant primarily for Europe, the Marco Polo Horizon can be powered by the V-Class vans’ diesel engines (from 134 to 188 hp) distributing power to the rear or all four wheels (4Matic all wheel drive) via the 7G-Tronic Plus 7-speed automatic.
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