The third generation Mercedes Sprinter panel van was launched this week in and we are excited to take a first look at the all-new model available in the UK from June 2018.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the large van has been designed to attract a variety of business sizes, potentially attracting new customers who previously opted for a smaller van.
Compared to previous models, the new Sprinter has a more distinctive angle between the bonnet and the upright windscreen, with the well-known large grille remaining in its place. The design showcases Mercedes’ aim to bring the cab forward, allowing for more carrying capacity in the load space.
Mercedes has also announced the introduction of both front and rear wheel drive options, with the former offering a load floor that’s 80mm lower to improve load volume and access. This is ideal for fleets interested in savings on running costs, with a smaller engine without compromising on the robustness of the van.
Engines will vary from 113bhp to 188bhp, with six speed manual and optional seven speed 7G Tronic gearbox also available. New standard features such as adaptive cruise control, adaptive stability control, crosswind assist and a variety of safety electronics are now included, showcasing Mercedes’ focus on driver safety with this new model.
Front wheel drive: up to 3.9m wheelbase
Rear wheel drive: up to 4.3m wheelbase
For customers needing a wide load area, the rear wheel base will be available with a maximum width of 1.2m (single rear wheels specification)
The Sprinter panel van will be available in standard, long and extra-long with different wheelbases, standard and high roof options, passenger versions, crew cabs and chassis cabs.
The new Sprinter will equal or improve on the current model in terms of payload, volume and fuel efficiency. However, Mercedes are pushing a new generation of ‘connectivity’ that will allow fleet users to monitor their vehicles, and an eSprinter electric variant will also join the range.
Built-in communication module: van fleet managers will be able to monitor their vehicles closely, allowing remote control of load areas and automatically schedule maintenance to ensure their vehicles are off the road for as short a time as possible. This hardware will also be programmable by the user, as the Linux-based system is open-source, so third-party software can be developed to suit chilled distribution and multi-drops deliveries.
This new module will link back to a fleet operator via Mercedes’s own desktop computer software, Mercedes Pro. This can be tailored to each fleet custom’s needs, and is designed to work with sole traders with a single van, right up to the multi-vehicle fleets for large courier companies.
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