"With its new look, the Sprinter once again shifts the boundaries of its segment. The front of the Sprinter presents itself with horizontal and clearly drawn headlights in a distinctive and athletic manner", the vans unit said in a statement. A comprehensive suite of driving assistance systems and connectivity services will be introduced, as will new telematics technology that will improve the efficiency of vehicle and fleet management.
However, the new Sprinter will also be able to tackle an even wider variety of jobs thanks to a considerably extended range of variants.
Europe sales will begin in the first half of 2018 with other markets to follow. Those two parts share a good bit of their aesthetics with the Mercedes-Benz Vision Van, a late-2016 concept that featured an electric drivetrain and enough tech to qualify as a mobile logistics center. Further technical details of the vehicle will be announced in the coming months.
"We want to do more than just build the best vehicles. It also goes without saying that the new edition of our iconic van possesses the classical attributes of reliability, safety and cost-effectiveness". Mercedes already did a bit of that in the United States with its Sprinter Worker, an affordable van targeting contractors and other tradesmen. Mercedes will also produce the new Sprinter at its German production sites in Dusseldorf and Ludwigsfelde.
There's no word on engines yet, although the current Sprinter is sold with four and six-cylinder diesel engines and we expect Mercedes to continue to offer variations of these. It is possible that in future, all commercial vehicles of the German brand will be equipped with electric propulsion systems.
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