• The new Sprinter – a Global Player.

The new Sprinter is at home everywhere.

Transporting bulk goods near the payload limit, maximum travelling comfort for as many passengers as possible – luxury camper vans, tourers for shuttle services or classic construction site vehicles which can be cleaned using a high-pressure spray: the new Sprinter can do it all.

And it also honours the brand’s promise of agile handling characteristics, maximum comfort and the highest safety standards in the large van segment.

Three Sprinter vans parked in front of a modern building

More than 1,700 different Sprinter variants available.

Panel van, Tourer, pickup, chassis, bus or traction head as body types, three drive configurations – with front-wheel drive as an option for the first time – cab design, body lengths, tonnages and load compartment heights: these parameters alone allow a further increase in the number of possible Sprinter variants. More than 1,700 different versions can now be put together – that is more than ever. This maximised modularity defines the core of the new Sprinter concept, reflecting both sector-specific requirements and different customer requirements. The sector-specific solutions cover a range from classic courier services over the last delivery mile to goods transport over longer distances, right up to service technicians who use their vehicle as a mobile replacement parts store. The new Sprinter can also be put to work as a camper van or bus, and is used as an ambulance by rescue services.

The new front-wheel drive opens up completely new possibilities.

The well-proven drive concept with rear- and all-wheel drive is now supplemented with a new, entry-level front-wheel drive system. For reasons inherent to the design, the payload of this version increases by 50 kilogrammes compared to the previous model, and an 80-millimetre lower loading sill makes loading/unloading and access/egress considerably more convenient. The technical highlights of the new Sprinter include two newly developed transmissions for front-wheel drive – a nine-speed automatic torque converter transmission as a first in the large van segment and a likewise newly developed six-speed manual transmission. With its clear yet sensuous design, the new Sprinter reconciles the fascination of a modern vehicle with the functional requirements. With respect to the exterior, this does not mean abandoning all the successful conventions, but rather retaining the proven proportions of the preceding model and modernising them. As a result, the previously hard contours of the wings have been changed into soft and flowing lines.

The front of a Sprinter 2018

The interior: blending of form and function.

The interior follows the design philosophy of ‘sensual purity’. Characteristic features include the contrast between the gentle, emotional yet clear lines along the larger surface areas in the cockpit, as well as technically and visually precise details. The centre of the instrument panel is the symbolic embodiment of this.

The contrast between warm dark grey and glossy black surfaces, plus the use of high-grade materials and highlights in silver shadow, lends a special ambience to the interior and underlines the extraordinarily high perceived value.

Seats of the Sprinter 2018 of Mercedes-Benz Vans

Adaptable down to the last detail.

The stowage compartment concept exemplifies the adaptability of the interior. A choice of open or closed compartments, and a lockable compartment within the roof liner and in the cockpit enable the configuration to be tailored precisely to the given requirements for the workplace behind the wheel. The centre section of the instrument panel is dominated by the large choice of infotainment systems. The upper end of the product range features the new MBUX multimedia system with a high level of internet connectivity, which is celebrating its parallel premiere in the new A-Class. However, it is also possible to dispense with an infotainment system entirely in the interests of additional stowage space. The co-driver’s seat can be specially omitted for courier drivers – this reduces weight and makes it possible to get in and out on the co-driver’s side.

Driver cockpit that sets standards.

Ergonomically optimised and comfortable: All in all, these aspects make the cab a workplace in which the driver and co-driver can perform their duties efficiently and feel comfortable. Ergonomically the new Sprinter builds on the segment-defining standards set by its predecessors, and achieves further progress with new equipment features. There is no need to search for the key when entering the cab, for example, as the new Sprinter can be started at the touch of a button (Keyless Start). Optimised air conditioning systems ensure pleasant interior temperatures in all model variants – whether the Sprinter panel van, Tourer or bus. The newly designed seats allow a posture that relieves back strain, and can be precisely adjusted to suit the needs of the driver. Five different, ergonomically designed seats for the driver are available. The optional memory function for electric seat adjustments particularly shows its advantages in pool vehicles with several users. The powerful one-zone automatic climate control system THERMOTRONIC automatically regulates the fan, air distribution and temperature to the comfort level of a passenger car. A variable stowage concept ensures that everything has its place. Also improved in the new front-wheel drive: Loading and unloading are made easier by an 80 mm lower loading sill compared to the rear-wheel drive variant.

Cockpit of a Sprinter 2018

New front-wheel drive: spectrum of drive concepts is covered.

Front-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive – for the first time the new Sprinter covers all three drive variants. The front-wheel drive especially shows its inherent advantages when the vehicle is lightly loaded. The greater weight and therefore higher pressure on the front axle considerably improves traction and therefore handling. This means that the new Sprinter copes with difficult surfaces. The technical highlights of the new Sprinter include two newly developed transmissions for front-wheel drive.

The nine-speed automatic torque converter transmission is a first in the large van segment. The gear ranges are graduated to give an optimum balance between low consumption and agile handling. The likewise newly developed six-speed manual transmission impresses with good gearshift comfort and no irritating vibrations of the shift lever.

Rear of the Sprinter

Powerful rear-wheel drive even at the limits of payload.

In the rear-wheel drive variants, thanks to a separation of the drive and steering, the classic advantages lie in optimum ride comfort, a smaller turning circle and more agile handling. Rear-wheel drive also allows more control when towing a trailer and at the limits of the maximum permissible gross vehicle weight. The selectable all-wheel drive improves traction, particularly in difficult weather conditions or poor road conditions, thus enhancing driving safety and driving dynamics. Gear reduction is additionally available for demanding operations. The 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission is also available for the Sprinter for the first time, combining exceptionally smooth gearshifts with high fuel efficiency.

The absolute leader in safety – with effective electronic helpers.

Once again, Mercedes-Benz Vans is fulfilling its role as a driver of innovation and a pioneer in the introduction of modern safety technologies in the large van segment. A whole range of optional safety and assistance systems is available from Mercedes-Benz Vans that were previously the preserve of the passenger car series. These include the radar-based distance control system DISTRONIC, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST. Crosswind Assist is of course also on board as standard. Traffic Sign Assist draws additional attention to speed limits, no-entry and no-overtaking restrictions and their cancellation. Also new: the rain sensor with Wet Wiper system. The system ensures optimum visibility even when wiping the windscreen.

Cockpit of the Sprinter 2018
Display of a 360-degree camera

Parking package with a 360-degree all-round view.

The optional Parking package with 360-degree camera makes another important contribution to relieving driver workload. The optionally available LED High Performance headlamps also ensure optimum visibility. There is less dazzling of drivers ahead and oncoming traffic. Drive Away Assist assists when moving off, helping to prevent collisions caused by engaging the wrong gear or confusing the brake pedal and accelerator. With the exception of all-wheel drive variants, the new Sprinter is equipped with speed-sensitive electric power steering (EPS) as standard. This allows very easy manoeuvring and parking, and also feels reassuringly safe at high speeds. Mercedes-Benz is the first manufacturer in the Sprinter segment to also offer EPS for vehicles up to 5.5 tons.

The Sprinter is also the leader for payload.

Three wheelbases, three vehicle heights and various body variants: variability and versatility are also among the most important attributes of the new Sprinter when it comes to load capacity. In the longest panel van variant with the maximum roof height, the load capacity is around 17 m3. It also offers 50 kilogrammes more payload capacity than the preceding series. The maximum payload in the weight class with 5,500 kilogrammes permissible gross vehicle weight is 3,150 kilogrammes.

Various weight savings also lead to a lower overall kerb weight. The unladen weight starts at 1,990 kilogrammes for the panel van and 1,975 kilogrammes for the pickup. In the rear-wheel drive variant this increases the payload by 15 kilogrammes compared to the preceding model. The front-wheel drive model as a panel van with 3.5 tons permissible gross vehicle weight makes a further 35 kilogrammes of additional payload available.

A man opens the door of a Sprinter

Metal, plastic or wood in the hold.

A choice of load compartment floor provides further options. On request the standard metal version can be replaced with lightweight plastic flooring or heavy-duty wood flooring. The weight-optimised plastic floor is perfect for loads with a low unit pressure. Other advantages are water-resistance and a weight saving of up to 18 kilogrammes versus the wood floor. The heavy-duty wood floor was designed for maximum overall and very high local loads. Movable pallet supports in the entry steps of the sliding doors also provide space for an integrated stowage compartment. The pallet supports stabilise the cargo in the door area, and are particularly useful when carrying Euro pool pallets or crates. Rectangular wood claddings protect the wheel arches against damage, and also make them loadable.

Segment-leading variability: between two and 19 passengers.

The portfolio ranges from two individual seats in the cab of a commercially used van to up to 20 seats for 19 passengers – plus the driver. With Easy Mounting, Mercedes-Benz Vans has also developed a new system with which even individuals can install and remove seat rows from the Sprinter Tourer without assistance. Seats can be precisely adjusted to the individual needs of the driver, also allowing an ergonomically favourable posture on longer journeys.

Seats of the Sprinter
Cockpit of the new Sprinter

New infotainment system obeys every word.

The third Sprinter generation sets completely new standards when it comes to telematics. The MBUX multimedia system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) has a 10.25-inch HD display, and is controlled either via the touch-capable steering wheel controls, the touchscreen or a completely new voice control system. The optimised voice control is activated by keywords, and also registers everyday speech.

New standards regarding connectivity and telematics.

Mercedes PRO connect services such as the dynamic route guidance function ‘LiveTraffic’ are refined by intelligent algorithms: the telematic system gets to know the user from previous behaviour, and makes suitable suggestions for e.g. destinations, contacts or radio stations. Personal points of interest (POIs) can also be added via a USB interface. This can also be done via Mercedes PRO connect. Additional information, such as fuel prices at various filling stations in the vicinity or weather data, can also be shown.

Cockpit of a 2018 Sprinter, on the display Mercedes PRO connect services
The Sprinter is parking in a dark room, the front lights are shining

The Sprinter as a part of virtuality.

With the new service brand Mercedes PRO, Mercedes-Benz Vans is creating the conditions for raising fleet management to a new level. A digital online platform seamlessly and efficiently integrates existing systems and services as well as recently developed applications into the day-to-day work of fleet managers and drivers. Mercedes PRO connect makes eight connectivity packages of connectivity solutions available that make for greater efficiency, lower operating costs, improved vehicle availability and optimised communication within the fleet. This considerably relieves the workload of managers, fleet management, controllers, dispatchers and drivers.

The eSprinter to follow in 2019.

In addition to the systematic further development of its highly-efficient diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz Vans will in the future also offer locally emission-free electric drive systems in all segments so as to systematically drive the electrification of commercial fleets forward. That means: The eSprinter will follow in 2019. The electric models, which are primarily designed for inner-city operations, not only protect the environment but also offer customers tangible added value with their day-to-day suitability and flexibility.

eSprinter on the road
Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

Product may vary after press date on 14.02.2018.

1 Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

2 Die angegebenen Werte sind die „gemessenen NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 2 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153, die im Einklang mit Anhang XII der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 692/2008 ermittelt wurden. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Aufgrund gesetzlicher Änderungen der maßgeblichen Prüfverfahren können in der für die Fahrzeugzulassung und ggf. Kfz-Steuer maßgeblichen Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung des Fahrzeugs höhere Werte eingetragen sein. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch und die CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

4 Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.

6 Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.