Chicago Auto Show LIVE: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker image

The German automaker has taken the wraps off its new Sprinter WORKER during the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.

The new Sprinter Worker will be the third family member in the Sprinter Van series, which counted on the 2500 and heavy-duty 3500 models until now. Mercedes considers the new Sprinter WORKER as “the simplest and most straightforward equipment” and wants to reach out to customers at the core of the commercial van market: “plumbers, electricians, general contractors, and HVAC specialists.” The model has been developed with the help of dealers and customers, offering a 144-inch wheelbase and a standard-height roof. The cargo floor length reaches 137.4-inch and there’s also a 66.5-inch interior standing height allowing up to 319.1-cubic-feet of cargo volume. The maximum towing capacity is 5,000 lbs, while the peak payload stands at 3,512 lbs.

Under the hood sits a four-cylinder diesel engine, churning out 161 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission with two clutches, allowing for an average fuel consumption of “well over” 23 mpg. The base version comes nicely fitted with power windows, A/C, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, five cup-holders, adjustable armrests, and a four-speaker audio system as standard. Prices start at $32,495, with three optional packs also being offered: Convenience Package ($1,499), Utility Package ($2,999), and Overtime Package ($4,499).