A preview of the Mercedes V-ision-e concept

Mercedes has debuted the concept V-ision-e at the Geneva Motor Show. This is the company's first-ever plug-in MPV and gives a huge hint about what we can look forward to in the V-Class plug-in hybrid.

The concept on display in Geneva has the combined power of a 207bhp petrol engine, which delivers 350Nm of torque, and an electric motor. The electric cell produces 118hp and 340Nm of torque, which is very impressive by any standards.

When it comes to performance, 0-62mph is achieved in 6.1 seconds. For green enthusiasts the electric motor is capable of powering the concept for 30+ miles under its own power, with CO2 emissions at 71g/km. A lithium-ion high-voltage battery with a capacity of 13.5kWh stores energy for the electric motor.

The physical attributes of the V-ision-e are cutting edge and the interior oozes class, style and luxury. There is a full-length sliding panoramic roof, rear reclining executive seats, and two foldaway tables trimmed in white nappa leather.

The car is described as a concept; however, the German luxury car manufacturer has a clear agenda to increase its range of plug-in vehicles. If there is a positive reaction in Geneva, this new MPV could well appear in showrooms at a later date.

Earlier in the year, in Detroit, Mercedes showed us the C-Class plug-in the shape of the C350, which was said to be the first in a range of 10 plug-ins coming our way from Mercedes between now and 2017.