December 19, 2018

Mercedes-Benz presents the third generation of the Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz has presented the third generation of its best-selling Sprinter van at a world premiere in the newly constructed Mercedes-Benz logistics centre in Duisburg.

The new Sprinter will be available across the Mercedes-Benz Vans Dealer Network from June, whereas the new eSprinter will enter the market in 2019, as part of Mercedes-Benz Vans strategy for electrification of the commercial van fleet.

The third Sprinter generation features a refreshed design, comfort and safety features at passenger car level and comprehensive internet connectivity in the form of the new networked services of Mercedes PRO connect combined with the new MBUX multimedia systems (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). Mercedes PRO connect links the fleet manager with all the vehicles and drivers in the fleet and enables assignments to be managed online, and vehicle information such as location, fuel level or maintenance intervals to be retrieved almost in real time. Eight packages available ex factory with central fleet, vehicle, driver and location-based services will be introduced on market launch of Mercedes PRO connect. These include e.g. Vehicle Supervision, Vehicle Operations, Fleet Communication, Maintenance Management and a digital Driver’s Logbook.

Body types come in a choice of panel van, Tourer, pickup, chassis, bus or traction head, with three drive configurations, cab designs, body lengths, tonnages, load compartment heights and equipment features.

Technical highlights include supplementing the rear and all-wheel drive with a new front-wheel drive system. This results in the payload increasing by 50 kilograms compared to rear-wheel drive. An 80 millimetre lower loading sill makes loading and unloading more convenient.

Additionally, two newly developed transmissions are offered for front-wheel drive. The nine-speed automatic torque converter transmission is a first in the large van segment, promising low noise level, while the new 6-speed manual transmission promises maximum gearshift comfort.

Improvements to the interior include ergonomically shaped seats, keyless start and an improved air conditioning system and variable stowage concepts. The maximum load capacity is 17 m3, with tonnages up to 5.5 tonnes.

The assistance systems available for the new Sprinter include a self-cleaning reversing camera showing its image in the rear-view mirror, a Parking package with a 360-degree view, and a rain sensor with an integrated Wet Wiper system for optimum visibility.