Mercedes-Benz, Westfalia Team Up on Marco Polo Camper Van
Mercedes Smaller Van Makes for Classy Camper
Those of us that grew up in the ’70s and ’80s surely remember the iconic Volkswagen Microbus and its successor, the Vanagon. Chances are, you probably remember the camping variants of these vans, created by German upfitter Westfalia. The last time a VW camper van was sold new in the U.S. was in the early 2000s with the Eurovan, and that conversion was done stateside by Winnebago. But if you’re pining for a classy Euro-style camper (and live in Europe), you have a new option in the form of Mercedes-Benz’ V-Class Marco Polo.
Like the original VW camper vans back in the day, the camper conversion is done by Westfalia. The Marco Polo trim of the V-Class features premium trim and amenities, such as all-LED interior lighting, piano-black trim, and a choice of contrasting premium cloth or available leather upholstery. Further aft, the conversion includes a kitchenette with a two-burner stovetop, a 1.4-cubic-foot refrigerator, and a sink. An inside folding table is complemented with a removable camping table and two chairs for outdoor use that store in the luggage area when not in use. The Marco Polo can sleep up to four with a pop-up roof, which gets a power option for ultimate convenience.
Under the hood, the V-Class is powered by a 2.1L turbodiesel I-4 in three available power levels, starting at 136 hp and 243 lb-ft, up to 190 hp and 325 lb-ft. For now, the V-Class Marco Polo is just for Europe, but Mercedes-Benz has hinted that the V-Class could be offered in the U.S. We think the Marco Polo would make an interesting variant, although we can hear the swimming-pool-game jokes already.