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Third-generation Sprinter

  15.05.2018    

Since its market launch in 1995, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has given its name to an entire vehicle class thanks to its outstanding qualities. The third generation of this bestseller recently celebrated its world premiere. It has been orderable in Germany since February, and will be available in the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle centres and Van ProCenters from June. The eSprinter will follow in 2019. It is part of the strategy of Mercedes-Benz Vans for electrification of the commercial van fleet.
The Sprinter continues to embody the traditional attributes that have made it so successful worldwide – flexibility, robustness and cost-effectiveness. At the same time it impresses with innovative modernity, for example with its connectivity and user-oriented variability. This makes it the first integrated system solution for commercial fleets, both for Mercedes-Benz Vans and for the entire industry.
Panel van, Tourer, pickup, chassis, bus or traction head as body types, three drive configurations, cab designs, body lengths, tonnages, load compartment heights and equipment features: these parameters alone allow a further increase in the number of possible Sprinter variants. More than 1700 different versions can be configured as a result. This maximised modularity defines the core of the new Sprinter concept, reflecting both sector-specific requirements and different customer segments.
In the third-generation Sprinter, the well-proven drive concept with rear and all-wheel drive is now supplemented with a new front-wheel drive system. For reasons inherent to the design, the payload of this version increases by 50 kg compared to rear-wheel drive, and an 80 mm lower loading sill makes loading/unloading and access/egress considerably more convenient. The technical highlights of the new Sprinter include two newly developed transmissions for front-wheel drive. The nine-speed automatic torque converter transmission is a first in the van segment. The gear ranges are graduated to give an optimum balance between low consumption and agile handling.

New connectivity services facilitate fleet management
Comprehensive internet connectivity is one of the most important new features of the third-generation Sprinter. The networked services of Mercedes PRO connect combined with the likewise completely new MBUX multimedia system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) provide the perfect basis for all logistical and transport requirements. This begins with the complex management of a large fleet and ends with the small company fleet. Mercedes PRO connect links the fleet manager with all the vehicles and drivers in the fleet. This enables assignments to be managed online, and vehicle information such as location, fuel level or maintenance intervals to be retrieved almost in real time. At the market launch of Mercedes PRO connect as an ex-factory solution, eight packages with central fleet, vehicle, driver and location-based services will be introduced. These include Vehicle Supervision, Vehicle Operations, Maintenance Management and Accident Recovery plus a digital Driver's Logbook.

Optimised workplace in the cab
The driver's workplace is uncluttered, practical and designed to meet the relevant transport requirements. Advantages are the ergonomically shaped seats, Keyless Start and an improved air conditioning system. A variable stowage concept ensures that everything has its place.
Mercedes-Benz Vans also raises the Sprinter segment to a new level where safety features are concerned. The assistance systems available for the new Sprinter include a reversing camera showing its image in the rear-view mirror and a modern Parking package with 360-degree all-round view. A rain sensor and wipers with an integrated Wet Wiper system ensure optimum visibility.



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