A look Inside the new Mercedes Sprinter van

Ever since its first release back in the 1990s, the Mercedes Sprinter van has always been a mainstay of the commercial vehicle industry. Since then it’s undergone a number of new iterations and design upgrades, with the newest Sprinter model already renowned for being more efficient, streamlined and reliable than ever. What’s more, our engineers are currently carrying out a fridge van conversion to turn this latest Sprinter into a fully fledged refrigerated vehicle.

This post is the first of a two-part series in which we take you through the Sprinter’s capabilities, both as a regular van and as a refrigerated vehicle. This week, we’ll take a recap of its standard capabilities, pre-conversion. Even as things stand, they’re already quite impressive!

We’ll be covering:

  1. Dimensions and payload
  2. Its efficiency and economics
  3. Interior changes
  4. Exterior changes

Right then – let’s get right into it!

Dimensions and Payload

loadspace

The newest iteration of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is available in a total of four different body lengths:

  • Short Wheel Base (SWB)
  • Medium Wheel Base (MWB)
  • Long Wheel Base (LWB)
  • Extra Long Wheel Base (XLWB)

It’s also available in three different roof heights: standard roof, high roof and super high roof. Naturally, payload appears to have been a key focus for Mercedes-Benz engineers. Minimal wheel arches and near-vertical inner walls results in a highly optimised loadspace that allows for maximum usability – always excellent news! What’s more, all models benefit from a standard lower suspension. Specifically, the load compartment floor is 80mm lower, allowing for even easier access and making it far more convenient to load and unload the van.

(We won’t go into the full details of the Sprinter’s various payload capabilities here, because the number of possible combinations means that there are a huge number of possible variants to list. If you’re looking for a Mercedes Sprinter van with specific dimensions and payloads, you can always contact our experts here at CoolKit.)

Efficiency and Economics

mercedes-benz sprinter

Efficiency is where the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter really shines. It’s well known as one of the most sustainable vehicles in its class, in large part due to the innovative nature of Mercedes-Benz BlueEFFICIENCY, the company’s very own clean diesel technology.

Developed in response to the growing consumer demand for greater efficiency and reduced emissions in vehicles, BlueEFFICIENCY isn’t a single device or technology, but in Mercedes’ own words, “a series of innovatively, intelligently combined measures”, all specifically designed to cut down on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The shifting efficiency of the transmission is amongst the measures that also contributes to the low fuel consumption, allowing drivers to gain maximum mileage from their vehicles before needing to fill up again. What’s more, the BlueEFFICIENCY technology brings the Sprinter in line with the Euro 6 regulations, just like all other fridge and freezer vans we stock here at CoolKit.

Interior Changes

mercedes benz interior

The comfort and functionality of the interior has also been clearly high on the list for the engineers at Mercedes-Benz. Its revitalised design includes a multi-function steering wheel with chrome highlights. Its ergonomic grip is also enhanced with touch control buttons. The instrument panel has also undergone a redesign, and there are several infotainment and telematics solutions for drivers to utilise. The drive of the van itself includes cruise control, with an in-built speed limiter.

Meanwhile, the crew can charge their handheld devices while travelling between locations with a variety of integrated charging interfaces. This user-oriented setup extends to a variety of practical stowage spaces dotted around the cabin. Driver comfort is also another key priority, with THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control and an enhanced range of seats, ergonomically shaped for maximum comfort with an overhauled upholstery design.

Exterior Updates

grille

It’s not just the inside that has seen an update – the exterior has undergone a major overhaul, too. Some of this is immediately obvious at first glance. For example, the new Sprinter van has a brand new front-end styling with a redesigned radiator grille, bonnet and wings. Its high performance headlamps have a remarkably sporty look too, and its and tail lights make use of partial LED technology.

The finished van also features a well proportioned side design, and the rear window has also felt the benefits of the design overhaul. The front and rear bumpers are now available in a choice of four optional colours, while the rear doors have self-arresting hinges to improve safety.

Manufacturer’s Warranty

If you’re thinking about buying the Sprinter van, you can of course expect complete peace of mind from Mercedes’ manufacturer’s warranty. The Sprinter is backed by a standard two-year unlimited mileage warranty, which covers replacement parts and major assemblies. Specifically, it covers defects in material or workmanship that arise from the manufacturing process. That means it doesn’t apply to non-approved modifications, accessories or bodywork that’s undertaken (either by the owner or third parties) after the vehicle’s manufacture.

The warranty period begins from the date the Sprinter in question was first registered (or the date of sale, if that’s the earlier date). If you have any specific questions about the warranty on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, you can read the entire after-sales document in full here.

And it doesn’t stop there…

It’s worth reiterating that this is just the factory version of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter – this is all before we’ve performed our modifications! We are in the process of converting the new Sprinter model into a refrigerated van and we’ll be publishing details and images on the blog in a post later on this month. Stay tuned for then!

In the meantime, we have a number of Mercedes refrigerated vans in stock on our website. Click the link above to browse them, or if you have any enquiries simply give our team a call on 0808 278 4904.

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