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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…

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