Mercedes-Benz is ensuring the latest Sprinter van models offer more driver comfort than ever before on almost any terrain through upgrades to its engine, transmission and drive system.
The Sprinter is being updated with a 2.0-liter OM 654 diesel engine that is being paired with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. Previously the OM 654 was only available in Europe. Now, Mercedes will offer it for all versions, including the new all-wheel drive variant. The advanced, smooth-running characteristics and increased towing power also result in a quiet interior. Pairing the OM 654 with the 9G-TRONIC transmission will keep engine speeds low in almost all driving conditions, resulting in fuel consumption savings and reduced vibration and noise.
Another new technical feature is the new all-wheel drive with a torque-on-demand system, replacing the current 4×4 engageable system. This system, which is partially derived from the current Mercedes-Benz Cars modular system, can distribute the variable drive torques between the front and rear axle depending on the situation and without any input from the driver. Fully variable torque distribution is ensured by an electronically controlled multiplate clutch integrated in the transfer case. If the multiplate clutch is disengaged in normal driving operation, the rear axle drives the vehicle entirely. With the clutch engaged, the front axle comes into play, ensuring high traction.
In addition to increasing driver comfort, the Sprinter will also offer further advancements in ergonomics and safety due to the speed delivery door, a sliding door system. This is an automatic, sensor-controlled double swiveling door on the passenger side, replacing the side sliding door. It will be available on request. The speed delivery door is unlocked when the driver enters the load compartment from the driver’s seat. This will save time and relieves the burden on drivers, as they can leave the vehicle with parcels in their hands without having to touch anything else and the door will automatically close behind them. Automatic locking will also be available as an extra option. In addition, the speed delivery door is transparent from the interior of the van, so drivers will have a view of the pavement before they climb out, reducing the risk of accident or collision with passers-by.
The Sprinter is assembled in South Carolina at Mercedes-Benz Vans LLC in Ladson. The assembly plant also reassembles the Metris vans.