New 2018 Mercedes Sprinter Astounds with Advanced Technology
The new large Mercedes Sprinter van has been unveiled, and it offers advanced technology for both big and small companies. It also has a rather expansive seating options that can cater to any business requirement.
The Sprinter Mk3 appears as an evolution from all the vans that came before it. The production version looks boxier than the concept revealed during the preview made by Mercedes Vision Van.
When compared to previous models, the new Sprinter has a more distinct angle between the upright windscreen and the bonnet, while the big grille with vast three-pointed star mounted centrally remains in place, but this time with a smoother face. The engineering brings the cab forward, allowing better carrying capacity at the back portion of the vehicle.
Aside from the obvious evolution, there’s a lot of new technology under the hood. The Sprinter allows front and rear-wheel drive, with the front option providing a load floor which is 80mm lower to improve load volume and access.
This feature of the Sprinter makes it great for courier fleets that don’t really require a heavy payload that a rear-wheel-drive can give. The front-wheel-drive van is lighter than its counterpart by around 50kgs, which means fleet users can cut costs by using the smallest capacity engine available. This, however, won’t compromise the van’s performance and flexibility.
Engine Range and Driver Aids
The 2018 Mercedes Sprinter offers from 113bhp to 188bhp ranges of diesel, while it also provides six-speed manual and optional seven and nine-speed G-Tronic gearboxes. Aside from that, the eSprinter van will be introduced that will work best with businesses that do short, local trips. A Sprinter hybrid won’t be created though as it will eat too much of the van’s payload.
Meanwhile, driving aids in the form of distronic adaptive cruise control and a suite of safety electronics will be a staple component in the Sprinter, meaning it will be one of the safest large vans in the market. Parts of this safety and security measure are adaptive stability control and crosswind assist, which allows breaking of each wheel independent of the whole system.
The front-drive Sprinter can be purchased with wheelbases up to 3.9 metres, while the rear-drive model has up to 4.3 metres of wheelbases. The rear-drive model can offer up to 1.2-metre maximum width if a wide load area is necessary.
The Sprinter can be considered relatively easy to drive given a variety of features like park assist. It also offers air suspension for passenger versions, while the MBUX infotainment system that was first added on the new A-Class hatchback a week before the Sprinter will be made available as well.
Body styles for the Sprinter will be widely varied, taking the length, wheelbase, roof, passenger capacity, and cabs into consideration. There will also be those that are specially designed for chilled storage and emergency service modules.
Looking at the interior, you will see that the new Sprinter lifts plenty of details from the Mercedes passenger car range, including the electric seat adjustment buttons that copy the designated shape of the seat and a keyless starter button. Moreover, the standard central dashboard module hosts a conventional-looking stereo. This is a different variant to that of the ones that have MBUX touchscreen infotainment system, which is most likely more expensive.
With regard to payload, volume, and fuel efficiency, the Sprinter will equal or even improve on those features. Connectivity, however, will be a noticeable upgrade to that of the previous models, allowing fleet users to monitor their vans.
A built-in communications module will be features within the new 2018 Sprinter. It enables fleet managers to check on the vans as closely as they prefer, permit remote control of load areas, as well as schedule maintenance automatically. This ensures the vehicles are off the road for as short a time as possible.
Such hardware can be customised and programmed by the user, since the Linux-based system is an open source. That means it is highly flexible and can be modified by a third-party software, suiting the needs of unique businesses.
A desktop computer software known as Mercedes Pro is where the communication module links directly back to, which means the fleet manager remains in full control. Even the van hardware is included in the GPS system.
The communication module, paired with the Mercedes Pro, allows tailor-fit experience based on the needs of the ones using it, whether it be a small trader or a large courier company. Parcels can even be tracked with this functionality, while valuable cargoes can be remotely locked until it arrives at the designated destination.
To add to its sophistication, it will have luxury seat options, multi-zone climate control, USB charging ports throughout, and built-in WiFi.
Mercedes eSprinter Electric Van
An interesting addition to the Mercedes range is an all-electric eSprinter large van. It’s a front-wheel-drive variant with batteries positioned underneath the cargo floor. With this setup, the load volume will not be affected, although the actual capacity and payload is still yet to be confirmed.
Another thing that is still up in the air is the eSprinter’s battery range. It seems, however, that the company is planning to provide a charging solution wherein it will be fully charged within 30-60 minutes, and could use the same battery pack as that of the eVito. The e-version of the Mercedes Pro will also include monitoring of the energy use in the vehicle, as well as manage overnight charging so that the vehicles are ready for deliveries the following day.
To make it easier for consumers to choose between the diesel or the electric variant, Mercedes is offering an app that will calculate the amount of work. It will then tell if it can be done by the eSprinter or not.
While the Mercedes Sprinter comes on 2018, the eSprinter is expected to arrive by 2019.