One of the best selling vans in the world comes from luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz, and it’s a vehicle that AWT, in a previous life, once sold. The Sprinter has been given a heavy refresh and is readying for an October launch. Front wheel drive is a new deal, along with the well established all and rear wheel drive systems. By going front wheel drive this allows a lower loading floor and a payload increase of up to fifty kilos. The lower floor is up to eighty millimetres lower than before.The flexibility of of the Sprinter platform allows up to 1700 combinations utilising the body types, the cargo capacity, and cab designs. The cab chassis and panel van versions will be available first, with the minibus and “tractor head” variants in 2019. Being a Mercedes there is a swag of safety equipment too, including Active Brake Assist, Blind Spot Assist (not applicable for cab chassis variants), reversing camera (not applicable for cab chassis variants), and Lane Keeping Assist.
Mercedes-Benz will supply the Sprinter with its Telematics system, including the M-BUX (Mercedes-Benz User eXperience) multi-media equipment. Accessed via a standard seven inch scree, a bigger ten inch screen can be optioned. Access is via the screen itself or a voice activation service.Power comes from a 3.0L diesel, producing 140kW and 440Nm of torque. That’s available from 1,600 to 2,600 rpm. It’s the biggest six cylinder in the van family. There wil also be M-B’s four cylinder engine with a 2.1L capacity. This will be tuned for different power outputs: 84 kW, 105 kW or 120 kW. With front-wheel drive the outputs available are 84 kW or 105 kW. For those that like to tour, a motorhome engine of 130kW will be available. A nine speed auto is new for the range, along with a six speed manual. The auto will have a drive select system and paddle shifters. Drive Select works with rear and all wheel drive.
Keyless start is here as is climate control. Redesigned seats aid back comfort, and powered seats will be made available as an option. A memory function for up to three settings will be available alongside that.Depending on design, the payloads will vary, with a maximum of 5000 kilograms. In size a maximum of 17 cubic metres is the largest. Mercedes-Benz will also offer LED lighting as an option.
Service intervals are two years or 40,000 kilometres, a figure easily achievable if the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is used as the engineers intended. Warranty is three years and roadside assist is 24/7 every day. Contact your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter dealer for details.