Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday revealed a redesigned Sprinter van and
confirmed it on the market later this yr, as a 2019 mannequin.
The design has trodden down a high-tech path, which Mercedes
says will result in less complicated fleet controlling and optimized
communications between fleet supervisor and driver. Key to this
are new ranges of connectivity plus new telematic programs
grouped underneath the
Mercedes PRO heading.
The brand new programs that Mercedes PRO gives principally mimic present
ones from the likes of Fleetmatics, Enterprise, Verizon, and
others. Whereas most provide actual time in-van stock monitoring
and driver/supervisor communication, Mercedes PRO has the
benefit of being extra built-in with the workings of the van
itself, particularly with the in-built
MBUX infotainment system.
The expertise doesn’t finish there, although. Quite a few digital
driving aids can be found, together with a completely electrical mannequin,
the eSprinter, confirmed for a launch in 2019. Different
powertrains embody varied gasoline and diesel items with
outputs as much as 187 horsepower, although these are dependant on the
market. Drive can also be to the entrance wheels for the primary time
although rear-wheel drive may also be provided, and patrons will
be capable to select from both a 6-speed handbook or 9-speed
Externally, the design of the brand new Sprinter appears to comply with the
2016’s Imaginative and prescient Van idea. General, it is a extra streamlined
and fluid look than the outgoing van’s frumpier seems.
What patrons will probably be extra desirous about is area. With
wheelbases of as much as 170 inches (rear-wheel drive) or 154 inches
(front-wheel drive), and a load compartment quantity of just about
600 cubic toes plus a gross car weight score of over
12,000 kilos, the brand new Sprinter seems to be much more versatile
than its predessscor.
The opposite massive information surrounding the Sprinter is Mercedes’
new Charleston, South Carolina meeting plant. Sprinters
offered in america will probably be constructed on the all-new
facility. At present, as a result of hen tax, Mercedes assembles
the Sprinter in Germany, then disassembles them for cargo to
the U.S. the place they’re reassembled.
Full specs for the 2019 Sprinter within the U.S. will probably be
introduced near the market launch later this yr.