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Jan 21, 2016
- The trailblazer for performance and safety
- Electronic helpers: Five innovative assistance systems
It lent its name to an entire vehicle class: the Sprinter is synonymous with vans in the segment of around 3.5 t to 5.0 t perm. GVW. The clear number one in its class turned 20 last year, and since then some three million units have rolled off production lines all over the world. The new Sprinter stands out more than ever as the van offering the best economic efficiency. Even with only standard equipment, new assistance systems ensure more traffic safety.
One of the advantages of the Sprinter is its innovative drive system. It is the first van to feature a full range of engines complying with the Euro VI emission standard. The entry-level engine beneath the distinctive bonnet is a 2.15 l turbo diesel engine in the output ratings 70 kW (95 hp), 95 kW (129 hp) and 120 kW (163 hp). The top-of-the-range engine is a V6 turbodiesel generating 140 kW (190 hp) from a displacement of 3.0 l – a performance unrivalled in this category of vehicle in Europe.
All the diesel engines are already available in compliance with the Euro VI emission standard, while Euro 6 compliance is standard for the V6 version. As alternatives to the diesel engine, the Sprinter is also available with a petrol engine, a bivalent natural gas engine and a monovalent natural gas engine. In each case these engines generate a power output of 115 kW (156 hp) from a displacement of 1.8 l.
While a six-speed manual transmission features as standard, the Sprinter is also optionally available with the smooth-shifting 7G-TRONIC PLUS torque-converter automatic transmission.
Electronic helpers:Five innovative assistance systems
In the current generation of the Sprinter, five assistance systems contribute to greater traffic safety and more driving comfort. There was a strong focus on electronic helpers during the development of the Sprinter – some of them were world firsts in the van segment. New features celebrating their world premieres with the Sprinter were Crosswind Assist, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, Blind Spot Assist, Highbeam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist.
Beyond the extensive standard equipment, every buyer is able to adapt the Sprinter to the relevant operating profile with further safety options. These optional extras therefore allow safety made to measure. Bi-xenon headlamps with static cornering and active light functions plus fog lamps, a headlamp cleaning system and a heated rear window provide even better visibility.
A rear camera, reversing aid (for Citan) and PARKTRONIC help during slow manoeuvring, while Hill-Start Assist (standard with automatic transmission) assists when moving off uphill. The rain sensor with Headlamp Assist obviates the need for the driver to switch the respective systems on and off. The co-driver airbag (standard in certain variants and countries), windowbags and thorax bags increase passive safety, while in single-tyred vans the tyre pressure monitoring system checks for the correct pressure.
But that does not bring the list of safety features in the Sprinter to an end. Adaptive brake lights warn traffic behind in the event of emergency braking. The lamp failure indicator function warns of defective lights and the belt reminder ensures that the driver buckles up before setting off.
This array of new assistance systems underscores the role of Mercedes-Benz Vans as a pioneer in safety technology and a driving force behind innovative developments. The comprehensive range of systems prevents accidents and avoids expensive downtimes. They also pay off in terms of hard cash. The Mercedes-Benz Bank offers lower insurance premiums when driving assistance packages are installed, for example.