New 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
2018 will see the third generation Sprinter take to our roads promising to be more connected, more cost efficient and safer than ever before.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was introduced on our roads in 1995 and since then has sold over 3.3 million units over 130 countries. The third generation Sprinter is on the way ...
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Customisability
The specific details of engines, payloads and body styles have not yet been released. However, we know that there will be 1,700 different possible configurations made from a choice of 6 body styles, 4 power options, 4 different body lengths and 3 cargo heights. A mix of the right configuration will give a maximum payload of 3,000kg or a maximum loading volume of 17m².
There will be 3 drive options. New to the Sprinter will be a front wheel drive option. This creates a van which is up to 50kg lighter. A little extra weight gives a boost to mpg figures and allows for a load height that's 80mm lower than the rear wheel drive version allowing for easier loading and unloading.
Although the exact engines on offer have yet to be revealed, we do know there will not be a hybrid version. Mercedes-Benz decided the weight and space needed to combine a combustion engine and electric drivetrain would make it an impractical choice. Instead, we will see a fully electric eSprinter in 2019. Range has not been confirmed, but we can expect this van to be front wheel drive with the batteries stored beneath the cargo floor with the same battery system used as the Mercedes-Benz eVito.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Connectivity
Mercedes Pro Connect will be included on the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and will be the most advanced telematics on the market for both fleet managers and the individual.
Fleet managers can be connected with every driver and vehicle on the Mercedes Pro system allowing for real time supervision, maintenance management and digital drivers logbook functionality.
For the individual Mercedes Pro Connect can help locate a parked van, track a moving van, provide real-time service updates and even check if doors are locked and windows are closed.
The infotainment system has been updated and now invludes a touch screen up to 10.5" wide, wireless charging, Apple carPlay and Android Auto as well as DAB digital radio.
Safety Features and Driver Aids in the Sprinter
The current Sprinter already has a high level of standard safety features and these will be increased in the third generation to include the following;
- Active Lane Keep Assist
- Active Brake Assist
- Magic Vision Control Windscreen Wipers
- Distance Pilot DISTRONIC - this feature will keep you a safe distance from the vehicle in front when you are stuck in slow moving traffic
- Emergency Call, will connect to the emergency services automatically should you find yourself involved in an accident
For driver comfort the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will have KEYLESS Go, an electronic parking brake and electric mirrors. The driver and passenger seats will also offer more comfort as these will be fully electrically adjustable with lumbar support and THERMOTRONIC can keep the temperature inside the cabin at your chosen level automatically.
On the outside the Sprinter has undergone some updating. The most notable is the much sharper angle between the bonnet and the windscreen; this change allows the cab to be brought forward increasing the cargo space in the back.
The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will be going on sale in the UK in June 2018.
We will keep this page updated as more details become available.
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