The year 2006 does not look like it was all that long back up until you start thinking of it: George W. Bush was still in the White House. Blu-Ray discs struck the market. Pixar’s first Cars movie premiered. It’s been a long twelve years given that 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 similarly good-looking from the outside and jam-packed with brand-new tech and forward thinking that belie its familiar appearance.
With an eye toward future development in metropolitan centers, online retail, and CEP (courier, express, and parcel) services, the brand-new Sprinter is less a brand new vehicle than it is a platform for Mercedes-Benz to position itself as a leader in industrial fleet logistics support and technologies. The Sprinter’s control panel and controls are updated to bring it in line with current-generation Mercedes vehicles, with the new van being second model to receive the company’s remarkable MBUX multimedia system. That indicates a 10.25-inch touchscreen alternately controlled from the guiding wheel or through voice activation. The setup also consists of USB-C outlets, and iPad-quick graphics.
The cockpit has actually been enhanced to serve exactly what Mercedes sees as its function as an office rather than merely a chauffeur’s seat. Security technologies that previously had actually been appearing only in Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs will be available on the brand-new Sprinter. Active brake help, lane keeping help, and an optional parking package with a 360-degree camera are options, with crosswind help and speed-sensitive electric power steering standard.
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 usage of the Mercedes PRO link system. PRO links fleet managers to all their vehicles, enabling them to reassign drivers on the fly and keep track of whatever from area (now accurate to just 10 feet) to fuel levels to maintenance schedules in real-time. Extra packages will be readily available to customize PRO to specific fleet needs: digital logbooks, fleet interaction services, and more.
After a 2013 refresh, the cosmetics of the 2018 Sprinter stay reasonably undamaged. The new van is better looking in the face, but slightly more confidential, too; it’ll be challenging to tell a third-generation Sprinter from a second-generation at a glimpse. Between optional lengths, tonnage requirements, heights, body types (guest, panel van, pickup, chassis), and powertrains, Mercedes-Benz declares there are over 1,700 different configurations of the third-generation Sprinter. A front-wheel drive choice is new to the European market, which will be able to transport an extra 110 pounds, and help with future installation of the electrical drive system of the eVito (the electrical Metris van not offered in the United States). A second bonus of the front-wheel drive Sprinter is that it allows a minor lower flooring, increasing overall storage and making filling and discharging easier– no small thing if you’re making 100-150 stops a day.
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Engine
Mercedes-Benz has actually validated that due to require, the U.S. will get an optional gasoline engine. It’s safe to assume that the 3.0-liter diesel V6 will remain an option too. Europe will see the 2.1-liter 4-cylinder and 3.0-liter 6-cylinder diesel engines, with the electric variant arriving next year. A 9-speed automated transmission will be coming to North America, with the 7G-Tronic Plus and a brand-new 6-speed handbook readily available in other markets (the manual being offered for front-wheel drive Sprinters). There’s no main word on when we may 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 shipments starting in June. Search for its U.S. arrival in the third quarter of 2018.