The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been highly regarded as the most reliable van in the Light Commercial Vehicle market since it’s latest model was released in 2006 with updates introduced in 2013. This hasn’t come easy with the competition already out there such as the Ford Transit, Volkswagen’s Crafter and Iveco’s Daily which have all been highly regarded by many different organisations/individuals.
Mercedes-Benz gave the current Sprinter an update in 2013, this brought along with it many features and assistance systems such as; crosswind stabilization, collision avoidance system (optional), blind spot monitor (optional), adaptive high-beam and lane departure warning system. As well as safety systems it came with the new Euro VI engine to be emissions compliant, redesigned radiator grille, more angular headlights, new upholstery, seating covers, thicker steering wheel and a new generation radio system making it a worthy LCV for any aspect of work or pleasure.
The above image is the first preview of the all new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter set for release in early 2018. The images were released at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV), which was taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.
While technical details remain unseen, Mercedes-Benz has begun the process of drip-feeding some information through – including the confirmation that the new Sprinter will go on sale in the first half of 2018.
After seeing the Vision Van concept at Mercedes-Benz Van Experience Live event earlier in the year, it was predicted that the new model won’t see to many changes, but will have features similar to what we saw on the Vision Van. As Mercedes points out, the horizontal headlights and pronounced grille give it a more ‘athletic’ look than the previous model.
You can hardly blame them for not wanting to completely overhaul the Sprinter considering the current Sprinter is still selling in record numbers, and more than 3.3 million Sprinters have now been sold since the name was introduced in 1995.
More choice for the new Sprinter
According to head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Volker Mornhinweg: ‘We want to do more than just build the best vehicles. 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.’
In order to manage demand, the new model will be built in two German factories (Dusseldorf and Ludwigsfelde) plus a new North Charleston plant in the USA.
Although there has been no official statement on the new options and systems available with new Sprinter, Mercedes did announce though that the 2018 Sprinter will be packed with driver assistance technology, connectivity services and new telematics systems, supposedly to go hand-in-hand with Mercedes’ adVANce initiative, which aims to move the company away from only being a vehicle manufacturer to a provider of comprehensive mobility solutions.
This idea links to a term called Transport-as-a-Service, which you can read more about here.