- The Marco Polo – the new style in independence
- Efficient motoring pleasure and dynamic driving comfort on a par with passenger cars – also with 4MATIC all-wheel drive
- The Marco Polo ACTIVITY – the all-rounder all set for any adventure
- Whatever takes your fancy – five engine variants and three drive systems
With the Marco Polo and Marco Polo ACTIVITY, Mercedes-Benz has succeeded in adding new highlights to the compact camper and recreational van segment. Both vehicles offer the dynamic performance, comfort and economy of a Mercedes-Benz passenger car – and are equally suitable for long journeys and for everyday use in urban environments. The compact Marco Polo camper van with fully equipped kitchen combines maximum functionality with supreme comfort and style. The interior offers a modern lounge with a host of ingenious details and excellent sleeping comfort for up to four people. Efficient driving pleasure comes courtesy of the cutting-edge four-cylinder turbodiesel engine in three power ratings and with a choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The compact Marco Polo ACTIVITY recreational vehicle boasts exceptional versatility. With a highly variable interior, comfortable sleeping facilities for up to five persons, five engine variants and three drive variants, it can be individualised as required. As such, it is the ideal vehicle the whole year round for young families as well as for sports and outdoor activity enthusiasts.The 4MATIC all-wheel drive broadens the scope of options for both vehicles to cater to personal mobility needs.
The perfect combination of leisure and daily use
The Marco Polo and the Marco Polo ACTIVITY combine leisure and daily use to perfection. The compact exterior dimensions, with a length of 5.14 metres and a width of 1.93 metres (excluding mirrors), combine with the electromechanical power steering to ensure great manoeuvrability and impressive agility. And with a height of 1.98 metres, both models are able to enter all normal garages, multi-level car parks, underground garages and car washes. The same also goes for the 4MATIC models. The compact design of the all-wheel-drive system means that the vehicle’s overall height remains unchanged.
Numerous innovative driver assistance systems provide for exemplary safety. Both vehicles are equipped as standard with Crosswind Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST, which can warn of inattention and fatigue. Optional features include Active Parking Assist, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, Lane Keeping Assist and the LED Intelligent Light System. This is the first time that most of these assistance systems have been available in the compact camper van and recreational vehicle segment.
The Marco Polo – the new style in independence
The Marco Polo blends impressive functionality with style, setting new standards in the segment. It offers a fully equipped kitchen, a wardrobe positioned on the left of the vehicle, a bench seat/bunk at the rear, swivelling front seats, a folding, sliding table and a roof bed. The interior has the air of an exclusive lounge from the cockpit through to the rear, with a finish featuring an elegant light/dark contrast. This modern interior design, flooring in yacht decking look as standard and atmospheric LED interior lighting including optional ambient lighting create an exceptionally high-class setting inside the vehicle and conjure up a home-from-home environment with a particularly spacious feel.
The kitchen module has a remarkably innovative stowage system. It consists of one large and two smaller self-closing drawers and a large stowage compartment with a sliding door. The larger bottom drawer additionally features an extending worktop and offers ample space for storing kitchenware or supplies. The small drawers can also be opened when the bed is folded out. The covers for the sink, the gas cooker with two burners and the refrigerator can be raised separately. This means that areas which are not required can serve as useful surfaces on which items can be placed temporarily. They are produced in easy-care smoked safety glass, allowing light into the interior even when the covers are raised. The compressor refrigerator has a capacity of 40 l and a cooling capacity of up to minus 20 degrees Celsius. The fresh water tank has a capacity of 38 l, the waste water tank 40 l. Both tanks are therefore considerably larger than in the predecessor model.
The folding table is attached to the kitchenette in a way that saves space, and can be slid flexibly in and out on a rail. This means that it can be positioned ideally for up to four people – two on the luxury bench seat, one on the driver’s seat, which can be rotated by 140 degrees, and one on the front passenger seat, which can be turned a full 180 degrees. When folded, the table is locked in a vertical position next to the bench seat. The rear section of the passenger compartment has a large wardrobe with sliding doors, a clothes rail and an illuminated swing-out mirror with stowage tray, which also lights up the wardrobe from the inside. The light goes on automatically as soon as the sliding doors are opened.
The Marco Polo offers additional stowage facilities in the form of an overhead stowage box above the rear bench seat and a roomy drawer under the two-seater bench, which can also be removed. The luggage compartment can be enlarged in this way to accommodate larger objects. Anyone in need of even more stowage space can fit a carrier system on the roof. Two attachment rails integrated in the shell of the roof are suitable for various systems, such as ski racks, roof boxes or a Translift system, which facilitates loading of large items of sports equipment such as kayaks.
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. And if both backrests are folded down together, the bench seat can be converted into a double bed measuring 2.03 metres by 1.13 metres in a matter of seconds. The side bolsters are automatically deflated in the reclining position. When folded out, 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 comfortable headrest.
A second double bed which, like the bench seat, also ensured an outstanding night’s sleep in the predecessor model, can be found underneath the pop-up roof. Measuring 2.05 metres by 1.13 metres, the large luxury roof bed consists of a high-quality cold foam mattress and special spring elements with high point elasticity that allow an outstandingly ergonomic sleeping position right to the edges of the mattress. The pop-up roof in glass-fibre-reinforced plastic (GFRP) with a concertina of opaque, waterproof and breathable woven fabric has been further improved in comparison to the predecessor. Thanks to an innovative scissor-action system, it has been possible to increase the pop-up height in the rear area considerably, creating particularly generous legroom. The way in which the woven fabric draws in has been improved to ensure that it collapses accurately in concertina-like fashion when the roof is lowered again. The pop-up roof is optionally available with an electric motor.
The black-tinted glass, which protects the interior from prying eyes and helps to prevent it from heating up in direct sunlight during the day, is another standard feature, as are the black-out roller blinds in the rear. To allow the interior to be darkened completely, a washable curtain is available for the windscreen and the front side windows.
Separately opening rear window and detachable awning
The vent window in the rear right corner of the rear compartment supplies fresh air for added comfort. It can be opened and closed electrically as standard – one of the Marco Polo’s unique selling points. Another unique feature is the optional separately opening rear window. This makes it possible to use the second loading surface formed by the bed extension without opening the large tailgate. At the same time, as an additional window it also provides for an even better supply of fresh air and more effective ventilation of the interior. There is also the option of the EASY-PACK tailgate with power opening and closing that can also be stopped in any intermediate position.
The Marco Polo also comes with two camping chairs and a table as standard for relaxing outdoors. They are conveniently stowed in a bag inside the luggage compartment under the bed extension. A pleasant shaded “terrace” surrounded by nature can be created by opting for the awning above the sliding door, which is now detachable – a first for this segment. It can be removed in the winter for examle.
Supreme comfort in the cockpit area too
The cockpit of the Marco Polo also takes comfort to a whole new level. Highlights include the free-standing central display, the multifunction steering wheel with 12 buttons and DIRECT SELECT lever with steering-wheel shift paddles for automatic models, as well as the innovative touchpad, which allows all telematics functions to be operated in the same way as on a smartphone. The Marco Polo also comes complete with the new “Mercedes-Benz Touch” app. This enables the COMAND Online infotainment system to be controlled from any seat by smartphone. Together, the app and touchpad form the key to the most cutting-edge control and display concept in this vehicle class.