The year 2006 doesn’t look like it was all that long earlier up until you begin thinking about it: George W. Bush was still in the White House. Blu-Ray discs hit the marketplace. Pixar’s first Cars film premiered. It’s been a long twelve years because we last saw an all-new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, but the 2018 (2019 for us here in the United States) third-generation Sprinter is here, looking likewise good-looking from the outdoors and packed with new tech and forward believing that belie its familiar appearance.
With an eye toward future growth in city centers, online retail, and CEP (courier, reveal, and parcel) services, the new Sprinter is less an all-new vehicle than it is a platform for Mercedes-Benz to position itself as a leader in commercial fleet logistics support and technologies. The Sprinter’s dashboard and controls are updated to bring it in line with current-generation Mercedes vehicles, with the new van being second model to get the company’s outstanding MBUX multimedia system. That means a 10.25-inch touchscreen at the same time managed from the guiding wheel or through voice activation. The setup likewise includes USB-C outlets, and iPad-quick graphics.
The cockpit has been optimized to serve exactly what Mercedes views as its function as a workplace instead of merely a motorist’s seat. Safety technologies that previously had actually been appearing only in Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs will be available on the new Sprinter. Active brake assist, lane keeping assist, and an optional parking bundle with a 360-degree camera are options, with crosswind help and speed-sensitive electric power steering requirement.
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Design
Mercedes-Benz has developed the Sprinter to be part of the “Internet of Things” (we can’t stand the term either). To that end, the third-generation Sprinter’s excellent leap forward is its usage of the Mercedes PRO link system. PRO links fleet supervisors to all their vehicles, permitting them to reassign drivers on the fly and keep an eye on whatever from area (now precise to simply 10 feet) to fuel levels to maintenance schedules in real-time. Extra bundles will be readily available to personalize PRO to particular fleet requirements: digital logbooks, fleet interaction services, and more.
After a 2013 refresh, the cosmetics of the 2018 Sprinter stay fairly undamaged. The new van is better looking in the face, however a little more confidential, too; it’ll be difficult to inform a third-generation Sprinter from a second-generation at a look. Between optional lengths, tonnage requirements, heights, body types (guest, panel van, pickup, chassis), and powertrains, Mercedes-Benz declares there are over 1,700 different setups of the third-generation Sprinter. A front-wheel drive alternative is new to the European market, which will have the ability to transport an additional 110 pounds, and assist in future setup of the electrical drive system of the eVito (the electric Metris van not offered in the United States). A second bonus of the front-wheel drive Sprinter is that it permits a small lower flooring, increasing general storage and making loading and discharging easier– no small thing if you’re making 100-150 stops a day.
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Engine
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that due to demand, the United States will get an optional gas engine. It’s safe to assume that the 3.0-liter diesel V6 will stay an alternative too. Europe will see the 2.1-liter 4-cylinder and 3.0-liter 6-cylinder diesel engines, with the electric alternative getting here next year. A 9-speed automatic transmission will be pertaining to North America, with the 7G-Tronic Plus and a new 6-speed manual offered in other markets (the manual being available for front-wheel drive Sprinters). There’s no official word on when we may see the eSprinter in the United States, however reports have it as a near-certainty.
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Release Date
Mercedes-Benz is presently taking orders for the 2018 Sprinter with European shipments starting in June. Look for its U.S. arrival in the 3rd quarter of 2018.