13 Feb 2019
Mercedes-Benz released its third-generation Sprinter large van in October 2018.
In total, 1734 Sprinter variants were available across various body styles (four), drivetrains (three), engines (five), transmissions (three), wheelbase lengths (four), as well as maximum load capacities (up to 17 cubic metres), payloads (up to 2920kg) and GVMs (Gross Vehicle Mass; up to five tonnes).
Front-wheel drive was available in the Sprinter for the first time, which offered a 50kg increase in payload and an 80mm-lower loading sill over the previous rear-wheel-drive model. Rear- and all-wheel drive were also available.
A 2.1-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine was available in three tunes – 84kW/300Nm, 105kW/330Nm and 120kW/360Nm – for FWD variants, while RWD versions were only offered with the first two, and the aftermarket motorhome segment had exclusive access to a 130kW/400Nm tune.
Alternatively, a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel six-cylinder engine that pumped out 140kW of power at 3800rpm and 440Nm of torque from 1400 to 2400rpm was available for RWD and AWD variants.
FWD variants were paired with a six-speed manual as standard, but a nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters – a segment first – was optional.
Four-cylinder RWD and AWD versions also had a six-speed manual as standard, albeit an Eco Gear 360 unit, with the option of a 7G-Tronic seven-speed torque-converter automatic unit.
Depending on the variant, claimed fuel consumption on the combined cycle test ranged from 6.8 to 9.7 litres per 100 kilometres, while carbon dioxide emissions were tested between 178 and 253 grams per kilometre.
The Sprinter was the second model to offer Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX infotainment system, which was projected via a 7.0-inch touchscreen as standard, while a 10.25-inch unit was optional.
MBUX’s signature feature was its always-on voice control, which could be summoned using the phrase ‘Hey, Mercedes’ and supported natural dialogue. Touchpad steering-wheel controls could also be used.