The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been handed a number of updates in order to make it an even more competitive package in the large van segment. New to the model is a modern drivetrain and a redesigned sliding door.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter now boasts Daimler’s 2,0-litre OM 654 turbodiesel 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine which transmits power to the wheels via a nine-speed torque converter. Four states of tune will be available for the oil-burner depending on the specification level. The entry-level model produces 84 kW which is followed by a 110 kW, 125 kW and 140 kW option. The van retains its 4×4 option which delivers 35 per cent of torque to the front and the remainder to the rear. This is only available for the most powerful variant. The six-speed manual gearbox also remains as an entry-level transmission without any revisions.
Those looking to use the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in a commercial sense will now have access to its new Speed Delivery Door system. This uses an automatic, sensor-controlled double swivelling door on the co-driver’s side, which replaces the side sliding door to the load compartment on request.
A light barrier detects the driver as soon as they enter the load compartment from the driver’s seat. The Speed Delivery Door is then automatically unlocked and opened. The point of this is to save time and relieve the burden on drivers, as they can leave the vehicle with the parcels in their hands without having to touch anything else and the door automatically closes behind them. It is not necessary to put down the goods and pick them up again, as is the case with conventional sliding doors. Automatic locking will be available to order as an extra option.
Dr. Ulf Zillig, Head of Development Mercedes-Benz Vans says “In the latest evolution stage of the Sprinter there is more passenger car driving comfort than ever before thanks to an extensive technology update. And that is not only on the motorway, cross-country drives or in urban traffic, even on unsurfaced roads the Sprinter will soon offer a particularly relaxed driving experience and therefore more safety. In this way, the Sprinter achieves once more what has always characterised the model series: again it is setting new standards for the large van segment.”