The year 2006 does not appear like it was all that long back till you start thinking of it: George W. Bush was still in the White House. Blu-Ray discs struck the market. Pixar’s very first Cars movie 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 similarly handsome from the outside and jam-packed with new tech and forward believing that belie its familiar appearance.
With an eye towards future growth in city centers, online retail, and CEP (courier, reveal, and parcel) services, the brand-new Sprinter is less an all-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 updated 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 implies a 10.25-inch touchscreen alternately managed from the guiding wheel or through voice activation. The setup also consists of USB-C outlets, and iPad-quick graphics.
The cockpit has been optimized to serve what Mercedes views as its function as a work environment instead of merely a motorist’s seat. Security technologies that previously had actually been appearing only in Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs will be readily available on the brand-new Sprinter. Active brake assist, lane keeping assist, and an optional parking package with a 360-degree electronic camera are alternatives, with crosswind assist and speed-sensitive electric power guiding requirement.
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Design
Mercedes-Benz has designed 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 connect system. PRO links fleet supervisors to all their vehicles, permitting them to reassign motorists on the fly and monitor whatever from place (now precise to simply 10 feet) to sustain levels to maintenance schedules in real-time. Additional plans 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 relatively undamaged. The brand-new van is far better searching in the face, but a little more anonymous, too; it’ll be tough to inform a third-generation Sprinter from a second-generation at a glance. In between optional lengths, tonnage requirements, heights, body types (passenger, panel van, pickup, chassis), and powertrains, Mercedes-Benz claims there are over 1,700 different configurations of the third-generation Sprinter. A front-wheel drive option is brand-new to the European market, which will have the ability to carry an additional 110 pounds, and facilitate future installation of the electric drive system of the eVito (the electric Metris van not readily available in the United States). A second bonus of the front-wheel drive Sprinter is that it permits a small lower floor, increasing total storage and making loading and discharging simpler– no little thing if you’re making 100-150 stops a day.
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Engine
Mercedes-Benz has actually verified that due to demand, the United States will get an optional gas engine. It’s safe to presume that the 3.0-liter diesel V6 will stay a choice as well. Europe will see the 2.1-liter 4-cylinder and 3.0-liter 6-cylinder diesel engines, with the electric alternative showing up next year. A 9-speed automated transmission will be concerning North America, with the 7G-Tronic Plus and a new 6-speed manual readily available in other markets (the manual being offered for front-wheel drive Sprinters). There’s no main 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 currently taking orders for the 2018 Sprinter with European deliveries starting in June. Search for its U.S. arrival in the third quarter of 2018.