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2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Quick Spin

Posted by Williams | April 12, 2014

By Bragman

About a year ago we you about the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. the luxury brand’s big commercial van gaining ground here in the We talked about the 2014 upcoming four-cylinder diesel to be coupled with a seven-speed transmission. Mercedes-Benz recently a few test trucks to its affiliate in Farmington Hills, Mich. for the to see how the smaller four-cylinder engine the Sprinter’s bulk and whether a viable alternative to the bigger V-6.

The turbocharged 2.1-liter inline-four-cylinder is the 2014 Sprinter’s new base engine; it makes 161 and 266 pounds-feet of torque. With the automatic transmission it sends to the rear wheels. Optional is year’s only engine, a 3.0-liter diesel V-6 making 188 hp and 325 of torque. The older V-6 is known for its and decent fuel economy, but the new improves upon those numbers even more. says that fuel for a base Sprinter jumped 18 by going from last V-6/five-speed combination to this I-4/seven-speed set-up, and about 2 to 3 comparing the 2013 V-6 to the 2014

The new four-cylinder is available across the from the smallest short-wheelbase van to the biggest 18-passenger long-wheelbase Sprinter variations are numerous — two two roof heights and five body styles are available. I had seat time through the suburbs in a long-wheelbase Crew which combines elements of the van with sliding doors have windows and a three-person seat. This versatile is increasingly popular, Mercedes-Benz as it allows for both cargo and seating for five people. The row can also be easily removed in the full length of the cargo box is


One might worry that a cargo van with such a motor would have a getting out of its own way, but such is not the Despite its bulk, it actually pretty peppy and spry, away smartly from a or keeping up with traffic ease. Handling is remarkable — being an enormous commercial the Sprinter drives, handles and more like a midsize Anyone will be immediately behind the wheel, even it’s physically enormous. are firm and progressive, handling is and nicely weighted, and visibility is thanks to that deep, low

Now, as you may have guessed, is one caveat to this performance My brief test drive was in a cargo-free Sprinter, carrying but myself and another journalist. The test of whether the new four-cylinder is an engine for the Sprinter will once we can get our hands on one for a longer drive, load it up like a owner would and see if it still acceptable. Max payload capacity for the 4×2 model is more 5,000 pounds, while the towing capacity (also on the same configuration) is 7,500 (most models have a towing capacity).

While was demonstrating the 2014 Sprinters, it revealed some interesting about the upcoming 2015 which will sport two likely to make it more to certain buyers. First is assist, which will be on the Sprinter 2500 model. It the truck’s stability control to selectively brake an individual and help maintain directional in high crosswinds at speeds than 50 mph.

However, the big news for the 2015 is something that will it unique among full-size optional four-wheel drive. only on the V-6 model, the Sprinter will have a part-time with a selectable Low range, not a 4Matic all-wheel drive but an on-demand set-up with a transfer case. The system can be on while moving below 6 mph and a 1.40:1 Low-range gearing to the axle gears and transmission.

operating in 4-High range, is split at 35/65 between and rear axles, and brings in the control system with a brake torque algorithm to traction. An optional 4-Low is available as well, multiplying the by 42 percent. The Sprinter 4×4 with a 4.3-inch suspension in front and 3.1 inches in back, approach and departure angles. was careful to note that of this makes the Sprinter a off-roader, but clearly the most vehicle in its class. The 4×4 is meant for the mining industry or construction sites; it’s to get you out of trouble, not across the Rubicon

The new system will appear on the Sprinter, which itself not arrive until the first of next year, according to These full-size vans are built, and pricing reflects Base models should around $38,000 but flex depending on size, capability and

We’ll bring you a more test of the 2014 Sprinter as as we can get our hands on one.

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