Mercedes Confirms Electric V-Class MPV for U.S.

The VAN.EA platform-based model is set for sale in 2026.

Greg Kable

March 6, 2024

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Mercedes-Benz V-Class
Mercedes-Benz EQV to be succeeded by V-Class MPV in U.S.

Mercedes-Benz confirms its V-Class MPV will return to the U.S. in 2026 as a fully electric model based on the automaker’s dedicated VAN.EA platform architecture.

The multi-seat model--currently under development at Mercedes-Benz’s commercial-vehicles division in Stuttgart, Germany--replaces the EQV, the electric version of the existing second-generation V-Class sold in other global markets since 2019.

Officials have told WardsAuto the EQV name will be dropped for 2026, with its successor adopting the V-Class name used for gasoline and diesel models.   

Previously, the second-generation gasoline-powered V-Class and its commercial-vehicle Vito sibling were produced at Mercedes-Benz’s manufacturing plant in Charleston, NC, and sold in North America as the Metris. However, they were discontinued after the 2023 model year following disappointing sales.

As with the existing EQV, the forthcoming electric V-Class will be sold with a series of different wheelbases and seating configurations.

The new Mercedes-Benz model is planned to offer the choice of single- and dual-electric motor drivetrains in combination with either rear-drive or all-wheel-drive and at least two different battery capacities.

Production of the electric V-Class for the U.S. market will take place at Mercedes-Benz’s Vitoria plant in Spain.

Existing second-generation gasoline and diesel V-Class models are to remain in production with various upgrades until the end of the decade. 

 

 

 

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