The new Sprinter arrives in Australia with a reinterpreted design, safety features at the highest level, maximum cost-effectiveness, customer and sector-oriented features and an infotainment and telematics package designed for the next era.
With more than 1700 different Sprinter variants there has to be one perfect match for every van, minibus and cab chassis buyer in the Australian market.
The switch to a new front-wheel drive system increases payload of this version by 50 kgs, also reducing the load height by 80-mms. also new is a nine-speed automatic torque converter transmission that joins the newly developed standard 6-speed manual gearbox option.
The standard safety equipment includes Active Brake Assist, Blind Spot Assist (not applicable for cab chassis variants), reversing camera (not applicable for cab chassis variants), Lane Keeping Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST and front and window airbags for driver and co-driver. Additionally a whole range of optional safety and assistance systems are now available including the radar-based distance control system DISTRONIC, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and the Parking Package with 360 degree camera. Crosswind Assist continues on board as standard, as it makes van journeys considerably safer, especially at higher speeds on freeways.
New multimedia systems use a 7” HD display as standard with an optional 10.25” alternative head unit, with control via touch-capable steering wheel controls, the touchscreen already mentioned or a completely new voice control system. With satellite navigation on board this is operated by keywords such as “Hey Mercedes”, and also registers turns of phrase in everyday speech.
Under the bonnet is the only six cylinder diesel engine in the large van segment with 3.0 litres producing 140 kW and 440 Nm of torque at 1,600 to 2,600 rpm. The smaller four-cylinder diesel engine has common-rail direct injection. From a displacement of 2.1 litres and with rear-wheel drive, this engine generates a choice of three outputs: 84 kW, 105 kW or 120 kW. With front-wheel drive the outputs available are 84 kW or 105 kW and a motorhome segment exclusive 130 kW option.
The well-proven optional 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission can also now be controlled using “Drive Select”. This is immediately available for all rear-wheel drive variants and all all-wheel drive variants. The transmission impresses with smooth gearshifts, low fuel consumption and low maintenance costs.
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, cab chassis or minibus.
All Sprinter variants have service intervals up to a maximum of 40 000 kilometres or two years. Its comprehensive warranty means peace of mind for three years or until the vehicle has travelled up to 200 000kms. Standard Roadside Assist comes at no extra cost during the manufacturer warranty period. This means customers are covered anywhere in Australia. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Pre- paid capped priced servicing options will provide transparent servicing costs and peace of mind for customers.