Mercedes-Benz re­veals de­tails on unique Sprinter

The Herald (South Africa) - - WORLD OF WHEELS -

FOL­LOW­ING our first en­counter of the Fu­ture Van dur­ing the Mercedes-Benz Van Cam­pus work­shop in Stuttgart, Ger­many, around this time last year, we were con­vinced it was the con­cept ver­sion of the fu­ture Sprinter.

In­for­ma­tion from the com­pany seemed to con­firm our sus­pi­cions fur­ther just re­cently when the com­pany re­leased a de­sign sketch of the forth­com­ing model.

Billed to be one of the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced vans yet be­fore it fi­nally ar­rives on the Euro­pean mar­ket in the first half of next year (South Africa will get it in the first quar­ter of 2019), much ex­pec­ta­tion hangs over the new model.

The de­sign sketch in­di­cates that one of the most ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated mod­els in the van sec­tor will also set new stan­dards in terms of ap­pear­ance.

Some of the new fea­tures will in­clude the com­pre­hen­sive in­tro­duc­tion of driv­ing as­sis­tance sys­tems and con­nec­tiv­ity ser­vices in com­bi­na­tion with new telem­at­ics, which the com­pany says will bring a leap for­ward in ef­fi­ciency for ve­hi­cle and fleet man­age­ment.

The new model can also be more pre­cisely adapted to in­di­vid­ual trans­port and sec­tor re­quire­ments, thanks to a con­sid­er­ably ex­tended range of vari­ants. With this com­bi­na­tion, the new Sprinter has a unique propo­si­tion as an over­all sys­tem so­lu­tion in the van mar­ket.

“We want to do more than just build the best ve­hi­cles,” Mercedes-Benz Vans head Volker Morn­hin­weg said.

“We want to of­fer the most suit­able mo­bil­ity so­lu­tion for ev­ery sec­tor and for ev­ery trans­port as­sign­ment. And that is pre­cisely our fo­cus with the up­com­ing Sprinter gen­er­a­tion as an over­all sys­tem so­lu­tion.”

The Sprinter fully re­flects the fu­ture ini­tia­tive Ad­vance pre­sented in Stuttgart last year.

It aims at mega­trends such as dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion and ur­ban­i­sa­tion. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing re­align­ment of the com­pany is driv­ing the trans­for­ma­tion from purely a ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer to a provider of com­pre­hen­sive mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions.

The first new model to rep­re­sent this is the new Sprinter, says the com­pany.

While the sketches ap­pear even closer to the Fu­ture Van con­cept, more in­for­ma­tion about the model will be pro­vided in the near fu­ture.

We ex­pect the model to be slightly toned down from the con­cept. – BDLive

Pic­ture: QUICKPIC

THE FU­TURE: While Mercedes has only re­leased a sketch of the new Sprinter, it will go on sale in South Africa in 2019

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