The third generation of the Sprinter Van is setting new standards
With the Sprinter (and above all the powerful CDI engines) revolutionizing the van market, the third generation is going to set new standards. The commercial vehicle division Mercedes-Vans wants to change from a vehicle manufacturer to a service provider and sell customers complete mobility solutions.
The new Sprinter impresses with its progressive design as well as comfort and safety features at a level typical of cars. The new networking services of Mercedes PRO connect combined with the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) provide the ideal base for all logistics and transport requirements.
In addition to the rear-wheel or four-wheel drive models offered in the previous generation, customers will now be able to order Sprinter with front-wheel drive. The new modification is 50 kilograms more load bearing than the rear-wheel drive and will be available with a 6-speed manual or 9-speed automatic transmission. Versions with rear and 4x4 will be equipped with 7-speed automatic transmission.
As for body options such as length, roof height, load index and optional equipment, the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter offers over 1700 different configurations. The wide range of options includes a cargo van, a passenger version, a pickup truck. chassis cab, tug, etc. In its maximum version, the truck can carry loads of 17 cubic meters or up to 5.5 tons.
Design & Interior
As a design, the new Sprinter does not look shockingly different from the previous generation, and the changes are rather evolutionary. The front grille is slightly larger and the headlights are longer. The quadratic lines of the cabin are preserved, as the aim was mostly to optimize load capacity.
The driver's work area is without any extras, practical and designed to meet the transport requirements. Improvements include ergonomically shaped seats, keyless start and improved air conditioning.
The variable storage concept ensures you'll get everything. The luggage compartment also offers advantages through intelligent, detailed solutions. Niches-on-load wheels and fully-utilizable cargo-chamber heights combined with front transmission increase flexibility.
New four-cylinder and 6-cylinder diesel engines will take care of the new van. A fully electric eSprinter will join them in 2019. The smaller diesel engine is available in three power variants - 114, 143 and 163 hp. (177 for front-wheel drive). The three-liter diesel, for its part, delivers 190 hp. and 440 Nm.
With the new Sprinter front-wheel drive, Mercedes has the ambition to attack the camper van segment as well.
The whole range offers security and driver assistance systems known from the brand's lightweight cars. The assist systems available in the new Sprinter include, for example, a reversing camera showing its image in the rear-view mirror, a modern 360-degree parking sensors, a rain sensor and a 'Wet Wiper' wiper system to provide optimum visibility even during the windscreen cleaning process.
The new networking services of Mercedes PRO connect combined with the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) provide the ideal base for all logistics and transport requirements. This begins with the complex management of a large fleet and ends with the small companies’ fleet. Mercedes PRO connect implements the relationship between the Fleet Manager and all the vehicles and their drivers. This makes it possible to manage the jobs online and retrieve real-time vehicle information such as location, fuel level or maintenance intervals. Eight packages, available ex works with centralized fleet services, vehicles, drivers, and location based services will be introduced when Mercedes PRO connect is launched. These include, for example, vehicle monitoring, vehicle operation, fleet communication, technical maintenance management, and digital Driver Logbook.
Enjoy this video presentation of the new Sprinter Van: