It's basically a house on wheels.

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is a versatile model in its own right, but transformed into a Marco Polo recreational vehicle it gives owners even more flexibility. Following the launch of the Marco Polo camper last year, the Stuttgart firm has prepared another derivative that carries the “Horizon” suffix.

It’s essentially a vehicle you can live in with all the amenities you’d ever want, including a kitchenette, a bench seat with bed extension and roof bed, along with swivelling front seats and a wardrobe. While the regular version of the V-Class-based Marco Polo can host four people, the Horizon has multiple seating configurations and can be transformed into a five-seater with two swivelling front seats at the front and a three-seater bench/berth in the back.

Alternatively, the cabin’s layout can have four single comfy seats or Mercedes can squeeze in as many as seven seats. When you need the space to transport large cargo, the recreation vehicle can be transformed into a van by simply removing the seats.

2017 Mercedes V-Class Marco Polo Horizon
2017 Mercedes V-Class Marco Polo Horizon

There’s a roof bed available and it’s big enough for two people, while the aforementioned bench seat/berth mounted in the back and with two drawers underneath for extra storage can be turned into a bed for three people, depending on the seating configuration. It means the camper can seat up to seven people and provide sleeping options for up to five.

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Buyers willing to spend more can configure the V-Class Marco Polo Horizon with wood-like trim, piano lacquer-look accents, and a wave-look trim. At an additional cost, the mobile home can be fitted with the optional AMG Line pack bringing a sportier appearance.

Both rear- and all-wheel-drive layouts are available, with power coming from diesel engines delivering 134hp, 161hp, and 188hp channelled to the road through a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes will host the world premiere of the V-Class Marco Polo Horizon next week at the Geneva Motor Show, but it’s already taking orders in Germany where the base model kicks off at €52,051 (about £44,000).

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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Marco Polo HORIZON – new compact recreational vehicle bearing the Mercedes star

  • Marco Polo HORIZON as a new member of the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo family
  • Recreational vehicle combines stylish design with maximum functionality

Geneva/Stuttgart – Mercedes-Benz Vans adds another member to its family of compact camper vans and recreational vehicles: the new Marco Polo HORIZON complements the product portfolio consisting of the Marco Polo and Marco Polo ACTIVITY. Mercedes-Benz presents the newcomer at the Geneva Motor Show. The show takes place in Geneva from 9 to 19 March. The third member of the Marco Polo family can be ordered with prices starting at 52 051 Euro (including 19 percent VAT in Germany).

"The Marco Polo and Marco Polo ACTIVITY are very popular with our customers and are high in demand. We therefore decided to extend our portfolio of compact camper vans and recreational vehicles by adding the Marco Polo HORIZON", says Klaus Maier, Head of Marketing and Sales Mercedes-Benz Vans. "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", continues Klaus Maier.

Thanks to its flexible seating configurations with up to seven seats and sleeping options for up to five people, the Marco Polo HORIZON combines maximum functionality with the design of the V-Class. The new compact recreational vehicle bearing the Mercedes star is aimed at trend-conscious adventurers. They look for a flexible and functional vehicle for spontaneous trips and outdoor activities but do not want to forsake a stylish appearance. Thanks to compact exterior dimensions and a vehicle height below two metres, the Marco Polo HORIZON is not just ideal for leisure activities, it is also a perfect everyday companion. For instance, it can get into any standard multi-storey car park without problems.

Marco Polo: one family – but with several unique characters

Independence and everyday practicality are firmly embedded in the DNA of the entire Marco Polo product family: equipped with a kitchenette, wardrobe, swivelling front seats, a bench seat with bed extension and roof bed, the standard version of the Marco Polo based on the V-Class offers space for four people. The Marco Polo is the ideal vehicle for individualists and savourers who like to use their camper van for longer trips whilst looking to retain as much independence as possible and enjoy familiar living comfort. They also appreciate everyday practicality and attach importance to style.

The Marco Polo ACTIVITY compact recreational vehicle based on the Vito Tourer is foremost functional and flexible. Featuring an exceptionally variable interior and comfortable sleeping options for up to five people, it is aimed at young families as well as sports enthusiasts and outdoor fans seeking the spontaneous adventure.

The new Marco Polo HORIZON combines attributes of the Marco Polo and Marco Polo ACTIVITY, making it an ideal addition to the portfolio to attract new target groups.

The new Marco Polo HORIZON combines stylish design with maximum functionality

Attend a business meeting in the morning, pick up the kids and their classmates from school in the afternoon, then a climbing weekend with friends: the multiple seating configurations possible in the Marco Polo HORIZON reflect its exceptional versatility. These range from the standard five-seater with three-seater bench/berth and two swivelling front seats to four single comfort seats in the rear to the seven-seater with three-seater bench/berth in the second rear row and two additional single seats in the first rear row. Seats can also be removed if more space is required to transport sports and leisure equipment – transforming the everyday van into a recreational vehicle. Overnight comfort is also assured. The comfortable roof bed for two people measures 2.05 m x 1.13 m. Depending on the seating configuration, the bench seat/berth in the rear can be turned into a bed measuring 1.93 m x 1.35 m for up to three people. Two drawers underneath the bench seat/berth provide stowage space. Furthermore, it is possible to darken the interior using curtains for a good night's sleep.

The Marco Polo HORIZON can be stylishly individualised with an array of high-quality materials. Be it wood-look, piano lacquer-look or wave-look trim – the design of the cockpit based on the V-Class lends the recreational vehicle that certain something. Featuring a wide choice of further optional extras, such as the Interior Design package with Lugano leather or the AMG Line, the Marco Polo HORIZON can be tailored to meet every taste.

The Mercedes me connect services will also be available for the Marco Polo HORIZON. Customers will be able to easily connect with their vehicle via smartphone, tablet or PC. The Mercedes me connect Standard Services, which come free of charge, include the Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call System, Accident Recovery, Maintenance Management and Breakdown Management, as well as Telediagnostics and Remote Vehicle Diagnostics. Further options available include real-time Live Traffic Information and numerous Remote Online Services such as control of the optional hot-water auxiliary heating. With these the Marco Polo HORIZON offers the convenience of state-of-the-art connectivity.

The Marco Polo HORIZON can be ordered with all the familiar V-Class diesel engines, with outputs ranging from 100 kW to 120 kW to 140 kW. As an alternative to rear-wheel drive, 4MATIC all-wheel drive is also on offer – both in conjunction with the 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission (combined fuel consumption: 6.8 - 6.0 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 179 - 158 g/km).