MERCEDES-Benz’s new Sprinter looks set to keep running costs down with best-in-class fuel consumption as low as 44.5mpg and drastically reduced service intervals.
The new Sprinter is powered by four- and six-cylinder Euro VI compliant engines with outputs from 95hp to 190hp. The engines’ performance has not been affected by compliance with the Euro VI emissions standard.
The Sprinter works out when it needs a service – extending intervals up to 37,500 miles
Euro VI drastically reduces the emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx), total hydrocarbons (THC), and particulate mass. The strict requirements have been met with the help of new Sprinter’s BlueTEC engine and SCR technology, which injects AdBlue into the exhaust gas.
But the Sprinter’s low fuel consumption is attributable to engine and gearbox technology. A mass of detailed improvements have been made such as ‘intelligent’ generator management which ensures the alternator prioritises battery charging during braking and on the overrun. During acceleration and cruising, the full engine output is available to the drive system.
The Sprinter chassis has been lowered by around 30mm to reduce drag, also contributing to the low fuel consumption.
And it’s not only the low fuel consumption that makes the new Sprinter so economical for its class.
The van’s ASSYST maintenance computer, which now forms part of standard Sprinter specification in Europe, determines when oil changes are due in accordance with the vehicle’s individual level of wear, helping extend the maintenance intervals to as much as 60,000km (37,500 miles).
The new Mercedes Sprinter business van will available to order in June with deliveries beginning in September.