Mercedes unveils new Sprinter for 2018
The brand new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will get front-wheel-drive and be the most connected van in the market.
First pictures and details of the third generation Sprinter van have been released by Mercedes who will be looking to continue the domination of the large van sector and add to the 3.3m units already sold worldwide. The new Sprinter has been totally redesigned, although to look at it the front grille and headlights are the most obvious alterations.
The grille is more upright and the line across the headlights and bonnet is flatter. The lights are narrower, but have been elongated slightly. Various style lines have been altered along the sides of the vehicle but the new Sprinter retains its practical loadspace capable of a maximum 17m3 storage capacity. Much greater changes have been made on the inside, with a cabin dominated by the centre console. In entry-level models the dash houses plenty of practical storage space with a large rectangular compartment. In higher spec vans, the centre console becomes the infotainment heart of the van with a 10-inch multimedia system to control audio functions as well as routing and scheduling.
In addition, the new Sprinters can be connected to the internet and with the new Mercedes Pro connect can link all vehicles to the fleet manager to provide location data, fleet communications, maintenance management and running reports.
Power comes from a 2.2-litre four cyclinder engine with outputs from 112hp to 188hp. There’s the choice of manual or automatic transmissions, with two brand new drivelines developed for the new front-wheel-drive configuration that increase payload by 50kg and lowers loading height by 80mm. Rear- and all-wheel-drive variants of the Sprinter will still be available and GVW will extend as far as 5.5 tonnes.
Deliveries will begin in June, and an electric powered eSprinter will begin production in 2019 as part of Mercedes’ strategy to electrify the entire van range.