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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: Continuing the success story: the new Sprinter – more economical, environment-friendly and attractive than ever

Sep 23, 2014
  • Best-in-class fuel consumption and long maintenance intervals
  • First van to offer a complete engine range complying with the Euro VI standard
  • Auxiliary units, transmission and rear axle honed for efficiency
  • Assistance systems help to avoid accidents
The undisputed number one is on a roll: 15 months after the start of series production for the new Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz Vans has already produced some 190,000 units. No wonder: the Sprinter is more economical, safer, more environment-friendly and more attractive than ever.
Best-in-class fuel consumption and long maintenance intervals
The new Sprinter stands out more than ever as the van offering the best economic efficiency. As demonstrated by the leading figure for fuel consumption of 6.3 l/100 km in combined mode. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 165 g/km and places the Sprinter on a par with passenger cars. It is not only its low fuel consumption that makes the Sprinter the economic miracle in its class: the Assyst service interval indicator features as standard in Europe. This extends service intervals to as much as 60,000 km.
First van to offer a complete engine range complying with the Euro VI standard
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is the first van to offer a complete range of engines complying with the Euro VI emissions standard. The Sprinter meets this standard with BlueTec engine technology, SCR technology and AdBlue injection into the exhaust gas. At the same time, the injection process, combustion and charge pressure have also been optimised. This reduces fuel consumption and combustion noise. The engines' good performance remains unaltered. Drivers will not notice any difference between a Sprinter complying with Euro 5b+ or Euro VI.
Highly economical BlueTec engines with four and six cylinders
The centrepiece of the diesel engine range for the Sprinter is the four-cylinder OM 651 with a displacement of 2.15 l. This engine features two-stage turbocharging. Balancer shafts, the camshaft drive which has been relocated further towards the rear and a two-mass flywheel contribute to the engines' smooth running. The three output ratings range from 70 kW (95 hp) to 120 kW (163 hp).
Exceptional power and comfort requirements are met by the V6 OM 642 with a displacement of 3.0 l and an output of 140 kW (190 hp).
In the case of the Sprinter with petrol engine, the product offering focuses on the supercharged M 271 four-cylinder direct-injection unit with a displacement of 1.8 l and an output of 115 kW (156 hp). There is a natural-gas variant based on this engine for the Sprinter NGT, offering the same output.
Auxiliary units, transmission and rear axle honed for efficiency
The Sprinter's outstandingly low fuel consumption is also attributable to its optimised auxiliary units. The alternator, fuel pump and the compressor of the optional air conditioning system are all controlled devices which operate on demand, for example.
The Eco Gear six-speed manual transmission, the 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission with torque converter and the driven rear axle are also configured for maximum efficiency.
BlueEfficiency packages reduce fuel consumption
With the optional BlueEfficiency packages the Sprinter displays even greater fuel efficiency: fuel consumption drops still further by as much as 0.5 l/100 km. This corresponds to 13.3 g of CO2/km. The package is comprised of various elements, from the Eco start/stop function to tyres optimised for minimum rolling resistance.
The Sprinter 213 or 313 BlueTec with the BlueEfficiency package plus is the right choice for those seeking to minimise fuel consumption in solo operation. It is available for closed variants up to a maximum permissible gross vehicle
weight of 3.5 t. With this package, the Sprinter complying with the Euro VI emissions standard attains a fuel consumption level as a crewbus (panel van qualifying as a truck in brackets) in combined mode of 6.3 (6.9-7.0) l/100 km.
Even more dynamic chassis, simpler loading and unloading
Lowering the chassis of the Sprinter by approx. 30 mm reduces aerodynamic drag, also contributing to the low fuel consumption. At the same time, the lower vehicle centre of gravity resulting from the lower chassis gives rise to a noticeable improvement in driving dynamics and steering precision in fast cornering.
Not least of all, these measures also lower the entrance height and the loading sill substantially. This provides for added convenience and facilitates loading and unloading. The lowered chassis comes as standard for all Sprinters with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 3.5 t.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: safety on board as standard
Safety is on board every vehicle from Mercedes-Benz as standard. The latest-generation Adaptive ESP features a vast scope of capabilities. A whole bundle of new assistance systems formed a key focus of development work on the new Sprinter. With standard-fit Crosswind Assist, radar-based Collision Prevention Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Highbeam Assist, it sets benchmarks in its class.
The new Sprinter 2013: one for all
Versatility is one of the Sprinter's great strengths. The drive variants including the Sprinter 4x4 with all-wheel drive, body, weight and rear axle variants combine to produce several thousand possible versions. Beyond this, the "VanSolution" programme offers special bodies and interior fit-outs ex factory from ten selected and approved system partners. These industry-specific solutions are all available directly from any authorised Mercedes-Benz dealer as a one-stop supplier. Purchase of the complete vehicle, including financing, completion and delivery, is swift and straightforward.
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