The all-new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has be unveiled and is available to order now, with front-wheel-drive for the first time.
It will be available across the Mercedes-Benz Vans Dealer Network from June. UK prices have yet to be confirmed but the van is expected to cost from 20,000EUR in Europe.
An electric eSprinter will enter the market in 2019.
Connectivity is one of the key features of the new model. It uses the new networked services of Mercedes PRO connect combined with the completely new MBUX multimedia systems (Mercedes-Benz User Experience).
Mercedes PRO connect links the fleet manager with all the vehicles and drivers in the fleet, regardless of fleet size.
This enables assignments to be managed online, and vehicle information such as location, fuel level or maintenance intervals to be retrieved almost in real time.
Eight packages with central fleet, vehicle, driver and location-based services will be introduced on market launch of Mercedes PRO connect. These include: Vehicle Supervision, Vehicle Operations, Fleet Communication, Maintenance Management and a digital Driver's Logbook.
The new Sprinter is available in more confirgurations that before, including: Panel van, Tourer, pickup, chassis, bus or traction head as body types, three drive configurations, cab designs, body lengths, tonnages and load compartment heights.
More than 1,700 different versions can be configured as a result.
The product range includes solutions for courier services on the last mile delivery, for goods transport over longer distances or for service technicians using their vehicle as a mobile replacement parts store.
Front-wheel-drive is now available alongside the traditional rear- and all-wheel-drive layouts. The payload of this version increases by 50Kg compared to rear-wheel drive.
A nine-speed automatic torque converter transmission is a first in the large van segment. There is new 6-speed manual transmission.
The maximum load capacity is 17 cubic metres, with tonnages up to 5.5-tonnes.