The year 2006 does not look like it was all that long earlier up until you begin considering it: George W. Bush was still in the White House. Blu-Ray discs struck the marketplace. Pixar’s very first Cars film premiered. It’s been a long twelve years considering that we last saw a brand new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, however the 2018 (2019 for us here in the United States) third-generation Sprinter is here, looking likewise good-looking from the outdoors and jam-packed with new tech and forward believing that belie its familiar look.
With an eye towards future development in city centers, online retail, and CEP (carrier, reveal, and parcel) services, the new Sprinter is less a brand new vehicle than it is a platform for Mercedes-Benz to place itself as a leader in industrial fleet logistics support and technologies. The Sprinter’s control panel and controls are upgraded to bring it in line with current-generation Mercedes vehicles, with the new van being second model to get the company’s remarkable MBUX multimedia system. That suggests a 10.25-inch touchscreen at the same time managed from the guiding wheel or through voice activation. The setup likewise consists of USB-C outlets, and iPad-quick graphics.
The cockpit has actually been enhanced to serve exactly what Mercedes views as its function as an office instead of simply a chauffeur’s seat. Security technologies that previously had actually been appearing just in Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs will be readily available on the new Sprinter. Active brake help, lane keeping help, and an optional parking bundle with a 360-degree cam are choices, with crosswind help and speed-sensitive electrical power guiding requirement.
Mercedes-Benz has actually developed the Sprinter to be part of the “Internet of Things” (we cannot 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 motorists on the fly and keep an eye on whatever from area (now precise to simply 10 feet) to sustain levels to upkeep schedules in real-time. Extra bundles will be readily available to tailor 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 searching in the face, however somewhat more confidential, too; it’ll be tough to inform a third-generation Sprinter from a second-generation at a glimpse. In between optional lengths, tonnage requirements, heights, physique (traveler, panel van, pickup, chassis), and powertrains, Mercedes-Benz declares there are over 1,700 various setups of the third-generation Sprinter. A front-wheel drive choice is new to the European market, which will have the ability to carry an extra 110 pounds, and help with future setup of the electrical drive system of the eVito (the electrical Metris van not readily available in the United States). A second benefit of the front-wheel drive Sprinter is that it enables a minor lower flooring, increasing general storage and making packing and discharging much easier– no little thing if you’re making 100-150 stops a day.
Mercedes-Benz has actually verified that due to require, the United States will get an optional gas engine. It’s safe to presume that the 3.0-liter diesel V6 will stay an alternative also. Europe will see the 2.1-liter 4-cylinder and 3.0-liter 6-cylinder diesel engines, with the electrical alternative getting here next year. A 9-speed automated transmission will be pertaining to North America, with the 7G-Tronic Plus and a new 6-speed handbook readily available in other markets (the handbook being readily available for front-wheel drive Sprinters). There’s no main word on when we may see the eSprinter in the United States, however reports have it as a near-certainty.
Mercedes-Benz is presently taking orders for the 2018 Sprinter with European shipments starting in June. Try to find its U.S. arrival in the 3rd quarter of 2018.