The new Sprinter will arrive in New Zealand during the month of October 2018 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.
Adaptable down to the last detail
More than 1700 different Sprinter variants can be generated by combining body types, drive configurations, cab designs, body lengths, tonnages and load compartment heights. This variability makes the new Sprinter the perfect vehicle for a wide range of transport needs and sectors. The bandwidth ranges from a construction site vehicle to a luxuriously equipped minibus. The panel van, minibus conversion and cab chassis variants will launch in October 2018, followed by the tractor head versions early in 2019.
Front-wheel drive and new transmissions
The well-proven drive concept with rear and all-wheel drive is now supplemented with a new, front-wheel drive system. For reasons inherent to the design, the payload of this version increases by 50 kilograms 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 the likewise newly developed 6-speed manual transmission. With the standard nine-speed automatic transmission drivers are able to intervene in the current shift profile manually with "Drive Select" and steering wheel shift paddles.
The absolute leader in safety
As an innovation driver, Mercedes-Benz Vans equips the Sprinter with safety features that were previously the preserve of passenger cars. 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) and ATTENTION ASSIST. 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.