NEW SPRINTER LANDS
THE NEW THIRD-GENERATION SPRINTER ARRIVED IN October 2018 with a reinterpreted design, more safety, and an infotainment and telematics package designed for the next era. More than 1700 different Sprinter variants can be generated by combining body types, drive configurations, cab designs, body lengths, tonnages and load compartment heights. From constructionsite vehicle to a luxuriously equipped minibus, the panel van, minibus conversion and cab chassis variants have launched, with the tractor head versions due early 2019.
Now supplemented with a new front-wheel drive system, payload of this version increases by 50kg, while an 80-millimetre lower loading sill makes loading/unloading and access/egress considerably easier.
FWD models also include two newly gearboxes, a nine-speed auto and a six-speed manual.
Safety extras include Active Brake Assist, reversing camera (not cab chassis) and Attention Assist. Options include radar-based distance control, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and a Parking Package with 360 degree camera, along with the continuation of Crosswind Assist.
A new Telematics system features a seven-inch HD display, with optional 10.25-inch, controlled either via the touch-capable steering wheel controls, the touchscreen already or a new voice control system.
The 3.0-litre six-cylinder produces 140kw/440nm, while the 2.1-litre four-cylinder makes 105 or 120kw in RWD, and 84 or 105kw in FWD models.
New Merc Sprinter arrived in October, with a new front-drive platform, and new tech inside. And in right-hand drive, of course…