Mercedes-Benz has revealed more details for its third-generation Sprinter, which introduces front-wheel drive and new connectivity options as well as an electric version from 2019.
Billed as the first end-to-end system solution for commercial fleets, the new Sprinter – which starts deliveries from June – builds on Mercedes-Benz Vans’ work to reposition as a “provider of integral transport and mobility solutions” and brings a number of packages available with central fleet, vehicle, driver and location-based services to aid fleet management.
Other changes see the launch of a new front-wheel drive system – aimed in particular at the courier industry – alongside the existing rear and all-wheel drive variants, which brings an extra 50kg payload compared to rear-wheel drive. The front-wheel drive versions also introduce a new nine-speed auto and six-speed manual.
Engine line-up, depending on market, includes the 190hp 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel along with a 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel which offers 114hp, 143hp or 163hp in rear-wheel drive and 114hp, 143 and 177hp in front-wheel drive, with the latter unit only available for the camper van.
Combined fuel consumption figures of the new Sprinter vary between 29.1 to 40.9mpg (6.9 to 9.7l/100km) with CO2 of 181-253g/km.
Mercedes-Benz has also increased the AdBlue tank capacity from 18 to 22 litres for diesels and improved the ease of refilling.
The new model will also introduce an electric eSprinter variant from next year, although details of this have not yet been released.
All models also get an 80mm reduction in the height of the loading sill while the new model also introduces a variable stowage concept. Meanwhile cabin updates bring ergonomically shaped seats, keyless start and an improved air conditioning system.
Safety features on offer include a self-cleaning reversing camera showing its image in the rear-view mirror, a parking package with a 360-degree view, and a rain sensor with an integrated Wet Wiper system.
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