Diesel Power - - 2019 Diesel Truck And Van Buyerõs Guide -

In­side, the Sprinter’s dash­board and cen­ter stack are com­pletely re­done, bring­ing the ven­er­a­ble work van solidly into 2019.

FOR 2019, Mercedes-Benz in­tro­duces the next gen­er­a­tion of the Sprinter. The van that up­ended a seg­ment gets some much-needed up­dates, in­clud­ing ad­di­tional ac­tive safety tech­nol­ogy. It man­ages to not only hang onto its diesel op­tion, it also now of­fers buy­ers two dif­fer­ent oil-burn­ers: a 2.1L I-4 and a 3.0L V-6. The four-cylin­der is the same en­gine that was last of­fered in the ’17 Sprinter but was ab­sent in 2018. That’s the ef­fi­cient op­tion, so ex­pect per­for­mance to be “ad­e­quate.” The V-6 is the same en­gine, but it’s paired with a ca­pa­ble seven-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, which should im­prove drive­abil­ity and per­for­mance over the five-speed of­fered in 2018. Max­i­mum tow­ing ca­pac­ity stays at 7,500 pounds.

Sprinter is still of­fered as cargo, pas­sen­ger,

Op­tional ac­tive safety fea­tures, such as adap­tive cruise con­trol, should make trav­el­ing long dis­tances with the Sprinter even eas­ier.

and chas­sis-cab trims. There is also a “crew van” vari­ant of the cargo van, which pro­vides a bench seat be­hind the pair of front seats. Out­side, the new van looks sleek, and the front end looks more like Mercedes’ line of pas­sen­ger cars. In­side, the changes are more dras­tic, in a good way. The steer­ing wheel is a se­ri­ous step up from pre­vi­ous years, and the cen­ter stack is com­pletely re­designed. The avail­able 10.25-inch touch-sen­si­tive screen cuts a hor­i­zon­tal swath across the dash­board and pos­i­tively trans­forms the feel of the work van.

The ’19 Sprinter is also the first ve­hi­cle to fea­ture the au­tomaker’s MercedesPro telem­at­ics sys­tem, which should be a boon to com­pa­nies look­ing to man­age their fleets more ef­fi­ciently. One neat fea­ture of this tech­nol­ogy is the abil­ity to turn a phone into a key fob, elim­i­nat­ing the has­sle of lo­cat­ing a mis­placed key. The list of ac­tive safety tech­nol­ogy fea­tures now avail­able on the Sprinter isn’t out of place on any of the au­tomaker’s cars: adap­tive cruise con­trol, lane-keep warn­ing and as­sist, blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, and a 360-de­gree-view cam­era.

Pric­ing for the ’19 Sprinter is not con­firmed, but we ex­pect diesel mod­els to start around $30,000.

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