Marco Polo – exterior, pop-up roof, dolomite brown
Marco Polo – interior, kitchenette, satin beige Santiago
Marco Polo – interior, bedding example
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- Marco Polo sets new standards in perceived quality, stylish living and comfortable practicality
- Outstanding seating and sleeping comfort
- Exemplary safety and dynamic driving comfort for a passenger van
- Eminently suitable for long journeys, and also for day-to-day and urban motoring
With the new Marco Polo, Mercedes-Benz is presenting a compact camper van for the German market which combines
maximum practicality with design appeal and stylishness.
The interior impresses with its unrivalled feel-good ambience, outstanding comfort and high quality of appointments
reminiscent of an exclusive lounge. At the same time the Marco Polo developed in cooperation with longstanding
Mercedes-Benz partner Westfalia convinces with its extraordinarily practical features – from the stowage facilities and
seating/sleeping arrangements to the camping equipment for outdoors. The standard specification sets new standards in the
compact camper van segment with respect to perceived quality, homeliness and comfortable practicality.
The new Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo takes its body design from the V-Class, and offers in the interior high-quality
materials finished to perfection, a harmonious colour scheme and a modern, timeless furniture design. As a result the new
camper van from Mercedes-Benz gives an impression of unexpectedly generous space. Thanks to powerful and efficient
engines, a comfortable and dynamic passenger car suspension, exemplary safety, compact exterior dimensions and excellent
manoeuvrability, the new Marco Polo is emphatically suitable for long journeys and at the same time for day-to-day and
urban motoring. With these advantages it is the ideal vehicle for discerning individualists who wish to combine
independence with maximum comfort and day-to-day utility.
The compact camper van is ready any time – for holiday, spontaneous week-end trips out in the nature instead of
staying in a hotel, for extended shopping trips with the entire family or even for driving to work. Therefore, the Marco
Polo offers a maximum of opportunities to be independent, free and spontaneous.
Unrivalled feel-good atmosphere with outstanding practicality
The new Marco Polo combines impressive practicality with exclusive style. The headlining and side panels are in the
colour porcelain, whose light tone emphasises the impression of spaciousness. The seats are upholstered in a choice of
satin beige Santiago fabric, black Santiago fabric or satin beige Lugano leather. As standard, the floor covering is in a
robust, easily cleaned yacht decking look which can be light or dark in colour to contrast with the chosen upholstery
The furniture is in a modern porcelain colour. An area of trim in a black piano-lacquer look contrasts with the
light-coloured surface to provide a homely ambience. It extends from the kitchenette behind the driver's seat across the
entire width of the cupboards and to the rear end, while in the front it continues into the dashboard. The living area
and cockpit are thus blended into a harmonious unit. This inviting stylishness can be rounded off with optional LED
ambience lighting along the lower edge of the kitchenette. Only LED lighting is used throughout the interior. Two large
main lights, four reading lamps in the living area and two gooseneck lamps beneath the roof allow best illumination and
lightness inside the camper van.
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The kitchen cupboard module consists of a large, self-closing drawer with extending worktop, two smaller, self-closing
drawers which can also be opened when the bed is folded out, and a large stowage compartment with a sliding door. The two
gasburners, sink and refrigerator have covers of easily cleaned, impact-resistant glass. Thus the transparency of the
glass allows light through the window when the covers are folded upwards. The rear section of the passenger compartment
has a large wardrobe with sliding doors, a clothes rail and an illuminated swing-out mirror.
The folding table with a scratch-resistant surface is space-savingly attached to the kitchenette, and can be moved in
and out on a sliding rail. It can therefore be perfectly positioned for up to four persons – two on the bench seat and
one each on the driver and front passenger seats, which can be rotated by 180 degrees. When folded, the table is in a
vertical position next to the bench seat.
The kitchenette is fully equipped with two gasburners, a sink and a compressor refrigerator with a capacity of 40
litre and a cooling output of up to minus 20 degrees Celsius. The fresh water tank has a capacity of 38 litre, the waste
water tank 40 litre. Both are in the vehicle interior, where they are protected against frost.
Outstanding seating and sleeping comfort
The two-seater bench in the rear can be repositioned on rails, and provides excellent lateral support thanks to
electropneumatically inflatable side bolsters. The backrest is divided into two, and can be individually electrically
adjusted on each side. At the touch of a button it can be converted into a single bed within seconds, or into a double
bed measuring 2.03 m by 1.13 m. The electropneumatic system automatically recognises whether a seating or sleeping
position is required, reconciling the conflicting aims of seating and sleeping comfort. The side bolsters are
automatically deflated in the reclining position. When folded out to form a sleeping surface, the bench seat rises to
conceal seat belt buckles that would otherwise disturb sleep. The bed extension can also be pivoted upwards to form a
There is another bed with unrivalled sleeping comfort under the pop-up roof. This luxury roof bed measuring 2.05 m by
1.13 m consists of a high-quality foam mattress and a slatted frame of special elasticated spring elements offering
outstandingly ergonomic sleeping comfort right to the edges. A protective net can be attached to the front edge to
On request the pop-up roof of glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP) with a concertina of opaque, waterproof woven
fabric can be equipped with a newly developed, particularly quiet electric drive. Thanks to an innovative scissor-action
system, the pop-up height in the rear area is considerably greater than in the previous model, and provides particularly
generous legroom. When the bed is not in use the slatted frame can be folded upwards when the roof is up, providing
pleasant standing room in the interior.
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Other highlights included as standard are an electric vent window on the rear right, black-tinted glass in the rear
for protection from prying eyes and heat build-up from solar radiation, and roller blinds in the rear. To darken the
interior completely, the Marco Polo also has a curtain for the windscreen and front side windows.
Two camping chairs and a table for use outside offer additional independance. When they are not in use, they are
stowed in a bag within the luggage compartment under the bed extension.
For loading and unloading convenience, the new camper van is optionally available with a separately opening rear
window in the tailgate. The electric EASY-PACK tailgate is also available as an option.
Good safety and dynamic driving comfort
Numerous active and passive safety systems ensure safety and a high level of travelling comfort. Standard safety
features include windowbags and thorax-pelvis sidebags for the driver and front passenger, as well as Crosswind-Assist
and ATTENTION ASSIST, which can warn against inattention and drowsiness. The optionally available Active Parking Assist
makes parking the new camper van as easy and convenient as a compact car. Other features available on request are the
reversing camera, 360-degree camera, Blind Spot and Lane Keeping Assist, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST and the LED
Intelligent Light System. Most of these assistance systems are available for the first time in this segment.
The new Marco Polo combines stylish living with the ride comfort and dynamics of a passenger car. Ultra-modern
four-cylinder turbodiesel engines in three output variants (100 kW, 120 kW and 140 kW) make for efficient driving
pleasure. The Marco Polo 200 CDI develops 100 kW (136 hp) and a maximum torque of 330 Nm. The Marco Polo 220 CDI
generates 120 kW (163 hp) and 380 Nm. With fuel consumption of just 6.0 l per 100 km and CO2 emissions of
158 grammes per kilometre, the Marco Polo 220 CDI occupies a leading position in the segment.
The top engine variant with 140 kW (190 hp) and a powerful maximum torque of 440 Nm with a consumption rating of 6.1
litres per 100 km. In the acceleration phases, an additional 10 kW and 40 Nm are available ("over-torque"). As a result,
the flagship model briefly develops 150 kW and maximum torque of a full 480 Nm.
The electromechanical power steering included as standard is speed-sensitive, and has a variable steering ratio. This
ensures extremely easy slow manoeuvring, great agility in urban traffic and reassuring stability at higher speeds. With a
turning circle of 11.8 m, the 5.14 m long camper van is more manoeuvrable than many luxury-class saloon cars. The comfort
suspension included as standard also helps to ensure that the Marco Polo drives as comfortably to passenger car standards
as possible. And with a height of 1.98 m it is able to enter normal garages, most multi-level car parks, underground
garages and carwashes.
The new Marco Polo can be ordered in Germany from 29th July 2014.