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.