The year 2006 does not look like it was all that long ago up until you begin thinking about it: George W. Bush was still in the White House. Blu-Ray discs hit the market. Pixar’s very first Cars motion picture premiered. It’s been a long twelve years because we last saw a brand new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, however the 2018 (2019 for us here in the U.S.) third-generation Sprinter is here, looking likewise good-looking from the outdoors and jam-packed with brand-new tech and forward thinking that belie its familiar appearance.
With an eye towards future development in metropolitan centers, online retail, and CEP (courier, express, 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 business fleet logistics support and technologies. The Sprinter’s dashboard and controls are upgraded to bring it in line with current-generation Mercedes vehicles, with the new van being second model to receive the company’s impressive MBUX multimedia system. That means a 10.25-inch touchscreen at the same time controlled from the guiding wheel or through voice activation. The setup also includes USB-C outlets, and iPad-quick graphics.
The cockpit has been optimized to serve exactly what Mercedes sees as its function as a work environment instead of simply a driver’s seat. Safety technologies that previously had actually been appearing just in Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs will be available on the new Sprinter. Active brake help, lane keeping assist, and an optional parking plan with a 360-degree cam are options, with crosswind assist and speed-sensitive electric power guiding requirement.
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Design
Mercedes-Benz has created 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 use of the Mercedes PRO link system. PRO links fleet managers to all their vehicles, enabling them to reassign chauffeurs on the fly and monitor whatever from place (now precise to simply 10 feet) to fuel levels to upkeep schedules in real-time. Extra plans will be readily available to personalize PRO to particular fleet requirements: digital logbooks, fleet communication services, and more.
After a 2013 refresh, the cosmetics of the 2018 Sprinter remain fairly undamaged. The brand-new van is better looking in the face, but somewhat more confidential, too; it’ll be difficult to inform a third-generation Sprinter from a second-generation at a glimpse. In between optional lengths, tonnage requirements, heights, body types (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 alternative is new to the European market, which will be able to transport an additional 110 pounds, and facilitate future installation of the electrical drive system of the eVito (the electrical Metris van not offered in the United States). A second benefit of the front-wheel drive Sprinter is that it permits a small lower floor, increasing general storage and making loading and unloading simpler– no small thing if you’re making 100-150 stops a day.
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Engine
Mercedes-Benz has actually confirmed that due to require, the U.S. will get an optional gas engine. It’s safe to assume that the 3.0-liter diesel V6 will stay an option as well. 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 automatic transmission will be coming to North America, with the 7G-Tronic Plus and a new 6-speed manual available in other markets (the handbook being offered for front-wheel drive Sprinters). There’s no official word on when we might see the eSprinter in the United States, but 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 deliveries starting in June. Look for its U.S. arrival in the 3rd quarter of 2018.