New Mercedes Sprinter Van Fast Tracks Efficiency, Safety and Dynamics
The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van once again is revealed to the world as a pace and trendsetter; this time with five new safety systems, engines that meet the future Euro VI emissions standard, a striking new appearance and a fuel efficiency that makes it the most efficient vehicle in its segment.
Having always been a pioneering vehicle when it comes to driver assistance systems, the new Sprinter has taken a giant step – or five giant steps actually – with five new assistance systems to help reduce accidents even more than before.
Amongst the soon to be famous five are some world firsts when it comes to commercial vans. These include the ‘fitted as standard’ Crosswind Assist, and the optional ‘Collision Prevention Assist’ and ‘Blind Spot Assist’ – both of which do exactly what it says on the tin. Developers at Mercedes-Benz are convinced that these 3 new additions to ‘Highbeam Assist’ and ‘Lane Keeping Assist’ will “play a key role in helping to reduce accidents in the van sector”.
Although the Crosswind Assist is the only standard-fitted part of driver assistance, the fact that the others are part of the optional equipment sections – either as individual items or as components of logically assembled packages allows every customer to tailor the Sprinter just to what they need.
And as a final comment on safety, the Sprinter has had its chassis lowered to make handling the van easier as well as improving drag so the at fuel consumption is lower – and it’s also easier to load and unload cargo.
The future Euro VI emissions standard
With ecology high up there in the requirements of not only the customer but also the governments around the world, it is good news then that the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is the world’s first van to meet the future Euro VI emissions standard in every one of its engine variants. The whole point of Euro VI is to drastically reduce the emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx), total hydrocarbons (THC), and particulate mass, and the Sprinter achieves this via the services of its BlueTEC engine and SCR technology that injects AdBlue into the exhaust gas.
Performance-wise the diesel engines have remained unchanged, encompassing four- and six-cylinder units with outputs ranging from 95 hp (70 kW) to 190 hp (140 kW), with the Sprinter also available with a Euro VI compliant supercharged four-cylinder natural gas engine featuring direct injection.
Available with ECO-Gear six-speed manual transmission or the 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission with lock-up clutch, the additional exhaust treatment stage make sure that the injection and combustion processes as well as the boost pressure are optimised, and the lower chassis height works with this to lower fuel consumption.
Speaking of which…
Admittedly it’s not just those two things: “the combination of the highly efficient diesel engines, the optimised powertrain, the longer axle ratio, the ancillary components, and the BlueEFFICIENCY PLUS efficiency package has reduced fuel consumption to a minimum of 44.4 mpg (NEDC combined),” but it’s just part of the economy package with the ASSYST maintenance calculation system that is standard in Europe adding up to 37,000 miles to the van’s inter-maintenance life span.
As you can see, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has had a bit of a facelift involving grill updates, more angular headlights and more distinctive bumpers on the outside, and new upholstery and seat coverings, thicker steering wheel, chrome applications on the fresh air nozzles a new-generation radio system with state-of-the-art electronic entertainment features, Bluetooth telephone and the Becker MAP PILOT navigation system.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2013 arrives in June.