Mercedes updates the EQV and eVito

Mercedes-Benz Vans is giving its mid-sized series for private and commercial use, including the purely electric EQV and eVito models, a facelift. It includes design refreshes in the exterior and interior as well as more comfort, safety and functionality. However, there are no changes to the drive systems.

With the facelift now presented, the manufacturer is bridging the way to the all-electric future: the third generation of the V-Class (internally referred to as the 447 series) has already been on the market since 2014. In mid-May, Mercedes-Benz Vans presented the new BEV platform VAN.EA, on which all newly developed medium-sized and large vans of the manufacturer will be based from 2026. By 2030, the share of all-electric vans is to be increased to 50 per cent. A completely new combustion engine generation of the V-Class and the current electric offshoots is therefore not planned.

For the private customer model EQV and the commercial vehicles eVito panel van and eVito Tourer for commercial passenger transport, the familiar drive systems with EQV 250 (60 kWh) and EQV 300 (90 kWh) and 150 kW engine output each will remain. For the eVito variants, the exact model designations deviate from this scheme. Even the detailed 25-page press release on the model update does not include a table with technical data.

The main focus is on design and equipment updates. Particularly striking is the new front with a much larger radiator grille – in the EQV this is again a closed “black panel”, but with an illuminated background. Depending on the paintwork of the rest of the vehicle, the black front blends into the design or stands out as a contrast. There are also smaller but less noticeable changes at the rear – the LED lights have been redesigned and the EQV also has a new chrome trim bar with Mercedes-Benz lettering at the rear.

Inside, there is a new cockpit – the EQV now gets the instrument panel inspired by the passenger car models with two 12.3-inch widescreen displays in one unit. On the left is the speedometer display for the driver, and on the right is a touchscreen for the MBUX infotainment. Until now, the EQV had a classic cockpit with round instruments and a tablet-like free-standing touchscreen in the middle. The eVito gets a 5.5-inch instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen in the middle – “suitable for the needs of commercial customers”, according to Mercedes-Benz Vans.

Since the van division wants to offer “the most valuable vans and services” according to its new business strategy and secure “leadership in electromobility and digital experiences”, updates cannot be missing in this area either. Here, however, eVito customers will benefit the most, as some of the services are linked to MBUX, which is now also installed in the commercial vans. For example, the EV route planning “Navigation with Electric Intelligence” for automatically planned charging stops, access to Mercedes me Charge or Plug&Charge.

Mercedes-Benz Vans has also upgraded the standard equipment and increasingly bundled functional equipment, which is often bought together, into packages. In the V-Class and the EQV, for example, the sliding doors on the driver’s side are now factory-fitted (previously this was optional), and in the eVito Tourer the electric tailgate is available for the first time, to name just one example of the changed equipment.


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