Third generation Mercedes Sprinter
- Can be ordered now with deliveries from June
- Front-wheel drive extends the available options and raises load capacity
- Electric Sprinter in 2019
- More than 1,700 configurations
- Maximum load capacity 17 m3, and up to 5.5 tonnes.
- Eight packages with new connectivity services for better fleet management
- Detailed improvements with a major effect on the cab as a workplace
THE third generation Mercedes Sprinter launches with the top-selling legend now being offered with more than 1,700 configurations to meet the transport needs of SMEs and global corporations alike.
Available across the Mercedes-Benz Vans dealer network from June, the new Sprinter adds to traditional robust standards with passenger car standards of comfort and safety features plus comprehensive internet connectivity.
The well-proven rear and all-wheel drive is now supplemented with a new front-wheel drive system which increases the payload by 50kg compared to rear-wheel drive.
And the new eSprinter will enter the market in 2019 as part of the strategy for Mercedes-Benz Vans for electrification of the commercial van fleet.
Panel van, Tourer, pickup, chassis, bus or traction head as body types, three drive configurations, cab designs, body lengths, tonnages, load compartment heights and equipment features: these parameters alone allow a further increase in the number of possible Sprinter variants.
Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Volker Mornhinweg said: “The Sprinter continues to embody the traditional attributes that have made it so successful worldwide since its market launch – flexibility, robustness and economy.
“At the same time it impresses with unrivalled modernity, for example with its connectivity and incomparable variability. This makes it the first end-to-end system solution for commercial fleets, both for Mercedes-Benz Vans and for the entire industry.”
The new, networked services of Mercedes PRO connect combined with the likewise completely new MBUX multimedia systems (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) provide the perfect basis for all logistical and transport requirements.
Mercedes PRO packages for fleet include
- Vehicle Supervision
- Vehicle Operations
- Fleet Communication
- Maintenance Management
- Digital Driver’s Logbook.
This begins with the complex management of a large fleet and ends with the small company fleet. Mercedes PRO connect links the fleet manager with all the vehicles and drivers in the fleet. This 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 Vehicle Supervision, Vehicle Operations, Fleet Communication, Maintenance Management and a digital Driver’s Logbook.
This maximised modularity bringing a host of different configurations defines the core of the new Sprinter concept, reflecting both sector-specific requirements and different customer segments.
The product range includes solutions for courier services on the last mile delivery, for goods transport over longer distances or for service technicians using their vehicle as a mobile replacement parts store. The new Sprinter can also be put to work as a camper van or bus, and for example is used as an ambulance by rescue services.
An 80mm lower loading sill makes the loading/unloading of commercially used Sprinters and access/egress to and from the living and sleeping area of camper vans considerably more convenient.
The technical highlights of the new Sprinter include two newly developed transmissions for front-wheel drive. The nine-speed automatic torque converter transmission is a first in the large van segment. The gear ranges are graduated to give an optimum balance between low consumption and agile handling. Other virtues include a low noise level and outstanding ride comfort.
Driver aids include:
- Self-cleaning reversing camera showing image in rear-view mirror,
- Modern parking package with a 360-degree view
- Rain sensor with an integrated Wet Wiper system for optimum visibility even during the wiping process.
Practical interior and weights up to 5.5 tonnes
The driver’s workplace is uncluttered, practical and designed to meet the relevant transport requirements. The improvements include ergonomic seats, keyless start and an improved air conditioning system.
A variable stowage concept ensures that everything has its place. The load compartment also scores with clever detailed solutions. Loadable wheel arches and fully usable load compartment heights in combination with front-wheel drive increase versatility. The maximum load capacity is 17 m3., with tonnages up to 5.5 tonnes.