The year 2006 does not look like it was all that long back till you begin thinking of it: George W. Bush was still in the White House. Blu-Ray discs struck the marketplace. 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, but the 2018 (2019 for us here in the U.S.) third-generation Sprinter is here, looking similarly handsome from the outdoors and jam-packed with brand-new tech and forward thinking that belie its familiar appearance.
With an eye toward future development in urban centers, online retail, and CEP (carrier, 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 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 get the company’s excellent MBUX multimedia system. That implies a 10.25-inch touchscreen alternately managed from the steering wheel or through voice activation. The setup likewise includes USB-C outlets, and iPad-quick graphics.
The cockpit has actually been enhanced to serve exactly what Mercedes views as its role as an office rather than merely a chauffeur’s seat. Security technologies that until now had actually been appearing just in Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs will be offered on the brand-new Sprinter. Active brake assist, lane keeping help, and an optional parking package with a 360-degree video camera are choices, with crosswind assist and speed-sensitive electric power guiding standard.
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Design
Mercedes-Benz has actually designed the Sprinter to be part of the “Internet of Things” (we cannot stand the term either). To that end, the third-generation Sprinter’s fantastic leap forward is its use of the Mercedes PRO connect system. PRO links fleet supervisors to all their vehicles, allowing them to reassign drivers on the fly and keep track of whatever from area (now accurate to just 10 feet) to sustain levels to upkeep schedules in real-time. Additional bundles will be offered to personalize PRO to particular fleet needs: digital logbooks, fleet interaction services, and more.
After a 2013 refresh, the cosmetics of the 2018 Sprinter stay fairly intact. The new van is much better looking in the face, however slightly more anonymous, too; it’ll be difficult to inform a third-generation Sprinter from a second-generation at a look. In between optional lengths, tonnage requirements, heights, body types (guest, panel van, pickup, chassis), and powertrains, Mercedes-Benz declares there are over 1,700 various configurations of the third-generation Sprinter. A front-wheel drive choice is new to the European market, which will be able to carry an additional 110 pounds, and facilitate future setup 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 enables a slight lower flooring, increasing general storage and making loading and dumping easier– no small 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 gasoline engine. It’s safe to assume that the 3.0-liter diesel V6 will stay an option too. Europe will see the 2.1-liter 4-cylinder and 3.0-liter 6-cylinder diesel engines, with the electrical variant arriving next year. A 9-speed automated transmission will be concerning North America, with the 7G-Tronic Plus and a new 6-speed manual offered 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 currently taking orders for the 2018 Sprinter with European shipments beginning in June. Try to find its U.S. arrival in the third quarter of 2018.