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In a Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo van camping gets kicked up a notch

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Luxury German automaker Mercedes-Benz has taken camping to an opulent level with their camper van the V-Class Marco Polo. The van which was created along with camper conversion specialist Westfalia was recently unveiled at the annual Düsseldorf Caravan Salon trade show based in Germany.

The live-in camper offers luxurious styling, comfort, distinction, all adjectives that typically describes most Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The van's sleeping quarters appear when the two-seat rear bench slides along a floor rail, thus transforming into a single or double bed arrangement. The beds have lateral supportive backrests and side bolsters that adjust if its occupants want to sit up. The bolsters can also automatically deflate when folks are ready to go beddy-bye. The Camper can also accommodate an additional pair of sleepers under its pop-top roof that holds a double bed with foam mattress.

The luxurious hauler also has a kitchen with a stovetop, cupboards with self-closing drawers, sink, fridge, a workstation that extends and plenty of storage areas. Folks can eat, work or play games at a folding table for four that can be folded away and stored. Other amenities worth a mention--large wardrobe closet with sliding doors, 10-gallon fresh water tank that is protected against frost and ambient lighting. When it's time for sweet slumber, the camper's interior can be completely darkened by a curtain for the windscreen and front side windows. There are also other upscale touches such as black piano-lacquer trim surfaces and hardwood flooring.

The yacht-on-wheels has a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine and buyers can opt for 136, 163 or 190 horsepower models of the Marco Polo. Other driver technological wants are also available in the camper such as electromechanical power steering, comfort suspension, Crosswind-Assist, 360-degree camera, Blind Spot and Lane Keeping Assist. The fuel economy in the camper is also not too shabby with an estimate of around 39 mpg.

Fortunately for the Germans, they will be able to place their orders for the Marco Polo starting July 29. Unfortunately for folks on these shores however, who are probably salivating for a luxury camper like the one offered by Mercedes, they can only continue to pine because there is no word yet, as to whether the vehicle will make it to the U.S.

--Car Chick