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Mercedes reveals new Sprinter design sketch

This is the first sketch of the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

Revealed at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) last week, the new Sprinter will arrive in Europe in the first half of next year and incorporate several new driver assistance systems.

The new Sprinter follows on from the Vision Van concept revealed at 2016 IAA in Hannover, where several smart new delivery and connectivity systems were showcased. While the third generation of Sprinter almost certainly won't have the sophisticated drone delviery system incorporated in the concept, it will get new a telematics system. The 2018 Sprinter does, however, carry over some of the Vision Van's looks, with the sketch showing a more rounded grille and narrower headlights. The sketch draws several comparisons to the soon to be launched X-Class pick-up, suggesting that Mercedes is building a new family identity around their premium truck.

Further technical details will be revealed in December, but Mercedes has confirmed that next year's Sprinter will be available as a front-wheel-drive model, as well as all-wheel and rear-wheel drive. Production will continue in Dusseldorf and Ludwigsfelde, while a brand new facility will be built in North Carolina to serve the growing US market.

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