Numerous chassis and body variants: Perfectly adapted: more combination options and choices of body, tonnage or wheelbase

Feb 6, 2018
  • Product DNA typical of the Sprinter: a solution for every transport requirement
  • New front-wheel drive: more payload and optimised handling
  • Range of tonnages: from 2.5 to 8.75 tonnes including trailer

Bulky goods, Europool pallets, crates, heavy bulk materials or up to 20 occupants: ever since the presentation of the first generation, customers have appreciated the Sprinter's adaptability and model variety. Now the third generation is continuing the success story of its predecessors with the same basic virtues, and impressing with even more body, chassis and weight variants.

Front-wheel drive: lower entry level for both loading sill and price

One of the most important new features is the increased choice of drive configurations, as the new front-wheel drive particularly shows its advantages in transport applications where optimum access to the load compartment and increased payload are important. Compared to the rear-wheel drive at a permissible gross vehicle weight of 3.5 tonnes, the maximum payload with basic equipment increases by around 50 kilograms. The loading sill is 80 millimetres lower for design reasons and the handling is considerably improved when the vehicle is empty or only carrying a small load. Moreover, this drive option opens up a new customer segment with an attractive entry-level price of 19,990 euros (in Germany excluding VAT). The Sprinter with front-wheel drive is available in three weight variants between 3.0 and 4.1 tonnes permissible gross vehicle weight in combination with a 3259 or 3924 millimetre wheelbase.

Wheelbase from 3250 to 4325 millimetres

The new Sprinter is available in six different body variants. These are the panel van, Tourer, pickup, chassis with single or crewcab, and in some regions the Sprinter bus and the commercial tractor head. With rear-wheel drive the new Sprinter covers a tonnage range between 3.0 and 5.5 tonnes permissible gross vehicle weight. Including the maximum permissible trailer load, the permissible gross combination weight increases to up to 8.75 tonnes for the semitrailer tractor. The wheelbase can be chosen to suit the relevant purpose, with five options between 3250 and 4325 millimetres. The bandwidth of possible Sprinter seating options ranges from one to 20 persons.

Tractor head as a basis for bodybuilders and greater variety

Mercedes-Benz Vans is also consolidating its strong market position in camper vans with the new Sprinter. In the class with a permissible gross vehicle weight up to 5.5 tonnes, the new tractor head, which is exclusively available to camper van manufacturers, creates additional scope for the development of new concepts in the high-quality, comfort-oriented camper van sector.

Specific equipment packages tailored to different applications facilitate the choice of exactly suitable features from the further extended range. When these were put together, the van expertise of Mercedes-Benz Vans was supplemented with "best cases" from the customer's point of view. The reduced complexity not only makes the choice easier, but also ensures that recommended features for specific transport needs are on board.

The new Sprinter also scores with a considerably improved noise level. When carrying passengers, the lower noise level not only benefits conversation between the occupants, but also improves the voice control options of the MBUX multimedia systems.