Given the Sprinter’s global presence and domination of heavy van markets in Europe, it’s quite surprising to think the Sprinter name was completely unheard of 20 years ago. Such is the presence of the Sprinter, that if you type “Sprinter Euro-6 Launch” into Google, it will direct you to websites in all corners of the globe.
There are just four nominal GVWs between 3 and 5 tonnes, giving a payload range of 734kg to 2,515kg. The four body lengths (5,245mm, 5,910mm, 6,945mm and 7,345mm) and three roof heights (2,435mm, 2,820mm and 3,050mm) offer load volumes starting at 7.5m³ up to 17m³.
The breadth of power, which stretches from 129hp to 190hp, is supplied by three different units; the 1.8-litre petrol (156hp), the 2.1-litre diesel (129-163hp) and the 3-litre diesel (190hp) engine. The Sprinter retains its rear or all-wheel-drive driveline, and there is a choice of either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmissions.
The Sprinter is available as a panel van, kombi, minibus or chassis cab. The only manufacturer conversion is a dropside.
The Sprinter’s traditional strengths of driver comfort and unrivalled build quality have now been coupled with great fuel economy and some fantastic safety systems, which will no doubt consolidate Mercedes’ position at the top of the heavy-duty van market. We would prefer to see options like Keyless Entry and Slide made standard, instead of Crosswind Assist, but a no-cost safety feature is not to be sniffed at. Now, all that remains is to see what the other manufacturers come up with for their Euro-6 products.