Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van - the Only AWD Vehicle in the Van’s WorldA key factor of cargo vans’ utility is their ability to be upfitted to the customer needs. These vehicles are erased slates, ready to be modified to suit the job at hand. As one might expect, there’s a dizzying array of upfitter solutions out there representing varying levels of quality and integration. Mercedes Sprinter van has been a pioneer in the North American market, introducing commercial customers here to tall and slab-sided European-fashion van format all the way back in 2001. A Sprinter van is about any job or journey. If there’s a “super vehicle” of the van universe, it’s the Mercedes Sprinter. It offers performance, power, and economy, so it has jumped on more orthodox supercars, and it also can carry plenty of equipment or cargo in its generous load bay. It’s a very wise choice for any other van buyer thanks to Mercedes-Benz vast choice of different configurations. There are different wheelbases, body lengths, roof heights, and specifications to choose, giving the customer the opportunity to pick the van they really need and want. The Sprinter Cargo Van has the efficiency, power, and capacity to handle job. The newly redesigned van offers more connectivity, an increased focus on technology, safety features, an in the US at least, the option of a gasoline engine. Now, the German manufacturer is trying to engineer another significant change in van tastes. The Mercedes is pouring tech from luxury cars into vans, starting with new Sprinter.
Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van Specifications
EngineThe turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel engine is a bit slow to get up to speed. Low-speed maneuvers create some challenges for this big “dude.” This 6,000-pound van reaches 0-60mph in 11.5 seconds. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 doesn’t feel powerful off the line, but once up to speed, it’s pretty easy to maintain the truck’s forward momentum. The Sprinter slowed from 60 mph in 138 feet during an emergency panic test. The brakes remained consistent in feel and performance during testing, as well as out on the road in typical driving. The steering is precise considering the van’s purpose as a pure commercial vehicle. The Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van is excellent on the highway and also light sufficient for park lot duty.
The Sprinter is relatively narrow considering how tall it is. Taking sharp turns at speed isn’t this vans forte. An assertive stability control system lends a hand if it senses the van is beyond the limits. Despite its dimensions, this conference room on wheels is comfortable to drive. Tight parking lots can create some stress due to its size, and the modest backup camera is only somewhat helpful. 4-wheel drive is available on many configurations, but given this van's high center of gravity and low ground clearance, the Sprinter has just suited relatively graded or well-worn dirt trails. Driver comfort is a top priority for the Sprinter. The driver position is upright, but the seats are comfortable even during long drives. The rear seats provide ample leg, hip and headroom.
DesignInterior is a unique fusion of typical van basicness and some of the items from Mercedes’ passenger cars. Despite the 3-pointed star on the nose, interior materials leave no doubt that you’re in a work van, not a lux one. But the Sprinter has some car-like touches such as steering-wheel controls and push-button start that will be quickly identifiable to anyone who has driven a C-class. At its most spacious, an extended length, super-high-roof Sprinter van boasts over 586 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Mercedes boasts that the Sprinter van was ahead of its time when it brought its realistic, high-roof, European style to the U.S. year ago. Now, rivals like the Ram ProMaster have followed suit.
3 roof heights, 2 wheelbases, and 3 lengths are available, expanding the size of that rectangle, and more important, the volume inside considerably. At its largest, the Sprinter is over 24 feet long and 10 feet high.
Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van MPGAfter gathering real-drive data, it was found that the Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van gets approximately 14.5 mpg on average. The Sprinter is exceptionally customizable, though, which means the fuel economy for each Mercedes van will vary on a vehicle-by-vehicle basis. Different wheelbase, payload capacity, and powertrain options will affect the van mileage. With the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed transmission gas engine and the 7G-TRONIC plus seven-speed automatic transmission diesel engine, you choose what best fits your needs for fuel efficiency and performance.
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