The commercial division of Mercedes-Benz has just presented to the world the third generation Sprinter hauler, ready to hit dealerships in June and now showcasing its first official pictures, videos and details.
First things first – since we’re dealing with a commercial van, let’s get out of the equation the price first, the new Sprinter being available at home in Germany starting from 19,990 euros before value-added tax. You can imagine the price can go up pretty high since there are literally hundreds of configurations to be had – including a newly added front-wheel drive model and the upcoming electrified eSprinter that’s set to join the lineup next year. The rear- and all-wheel-drive variants remain in place, while the FWD model has an additional 110 pounds (50 kilograms) carrying capacity and a 3.15 inch (80 millimeter) lower load lifting height. With a huge number of body styles, lengths, weight ratings, roof heights, and other equipment, one can lose itself among the more than 1,700 available configurations for the new Sprinter – which can even be specified with a nine-speed automatic transmission from now on.
The maxed-up model will be capable of hauling up to 600.3 cubic feet (17 cubic meters) of goods or up to 12,100 pounds (5.5 metric tons) of weight – with available versions being the panel van, tourer, pickup, chassis cab, bus, or traction cab, which is actually giving the client a clean slate – there isn’t anything, not even a passenger space. In terms of design, Mercedes has once more gone down the evolutionary path, with most changes seen at the front, where there’s a bigger grille and slimmer headlights. Inside, on the other hand, we can see the first other Mercedes model that’s getting the new MBUX infotainment system that was just introduced with the A Class compact. As a dedicated facility, the technology also bundles the Mercedes PRO connectivity suite that’s particularly useful to fleet managers.
In terms of technical capabilities, completely new for the Sprinter are the front wheel drive version and its associated transmissions – both the 9-speed automatic and the six-speed manual are equally new. For this version, engine choices include the 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel with 114, 143 and 177 hp – while the RWD and AWD models get it with 114, 143 and 163 hp. More so, the 3.0-liter six-cylinder remains the only such choice in the large van segment, capable of delivering 140 kW (190 hp) and 440 newton meters of torque at 1600 to 2600 rpm.