2014 MercedesBenz Sprinter First Drives Road & Track

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

New face, new engine, same

By Ben Wojdyla April 1, 2014 / by Ben Wojdyla

Big vans, in case you unaware, are seriously great Trucks are certainly jacks of all but nothing beats a great big van for absolutely anything done. The of all big vans is the Mercedes L319, and its is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The Sprinter has on US shores under various since 2001, and although still offered as a Freightliner and was a for a bit, it’s always a Mercedes-Benz underneath.

For those who construction workers or FedEx drivers: Sprinters are front-engine, unibody, European-style work and longer than traditional full-size vans. Buyers can mix and between two roof heights, two and three overall lengths three levels of gross weight rating. Configurations cargo van (two captain’s crew (two captain’s, one passenger (captain’s plus benches), and chassis cab. year the Sprinter is getting to keep pace with the new competition from the Ford and Ram ProMaster.

Mercedes-Benz spent a good of money on tech. The Sprinter gets a standard center-stack LCD that’s tasked with display (aux inputs, a navigation system, and shows the backup camera’s video. visibility is very challenging in the be-windowed passenger model. also gets safety from the car division. Lane-keeping forward collisions alert, and spot alerts. Next it’ll receive Crosswind This measures vehicle to detect and control the motions with high winds on a barn-door-sized profile.

Everything in the is business: The ingress/egress step and offer plenty of space for 11 work boots and good space to the cargo area. Map and cubby holes abound a big spot behind and around the cluster to stash clipboards or Buttons are glove-friendly, the fuse box is easy to access at the side of the seat mount, emergency are stashed under a panel in the footwell. Materials are good, plastic that would up to a hammer blow, mud, and the occasional incompetent forklift (both side and rear will easily accept pallets).

Front-end styling gets a to match the larger MBUSA appropriately, but more important is everything about it is logical. and wheel wells are small to intrusion into the cargo The rear window wipers out of the way to maintain what little visibility there is. That bit on the lower front bumper? a front license plate and reinforced front step for windows or replacing wipers. more is there to say? a big box van.

For the 2014, the Sprinter makes the old V6 equipment. The standard engine is now the four-cylinder OM651. It’s the 2.1-liter diesel that’s in the C-Class and GLK since 2011. include an iron block, heads, 16 valves, piezoelectric and a slick two-stage turbo to eliminate lag. It also MB’s BlueTEC selective reduction system to keep squeaky clean. The engine 161 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque at just rpm#151;down 43 hp and 103 lb-ft compared to the in the C250 CDI. The lighter of tune allows for greater durability and an impressive 15,000-mile interval, both of which are factors for fleet operators. The is paired to a seven-speed automatic and turns out surprisingly strong

It’s so strong that scratching our heads over who need an upgrade to the V6. That six make more power and at 188 hp and 325 lb-ft, but it’s paired to an old autobox and just doesn’t as responsive. Towing applications are the only time the V6 would be but for everyone else, the approximate 18 bump in fuel economy is sticking to the I4.

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So how is driving a small around? Surprisingly, it’s entertaining. Sitting right the front tires with a line about 7 feet off the and no hood obstructing the view you can see everything out front . These are sprung and specified to handle up to lbs of cargo, so they’re fast completely unladen . The opportunity present itself, but I’m sure donuts are possible.

The suspension is stiff and has the familiar of German tuning. Steering is way precise than you’d for something with either a or 170-inch wheelbase. Brakes are scaled to deal with all cargo, and slamming the whoa delivers abrupt results. On Detroit’s winter-ravaged concrete the vans managed gaping joints just fine, but the end gets noticeably bouncy speed bumps. That fixed with a load of The only issue we found was every single time we from drive to park, the got caught somewhere around

Hopping down from the at the end of a few hours of testing, I couldn’t but think about all the stupid these things could be Any chump with 200 large to can buy a Huracan, but for that change, the price point on a Sprinter a mobile support shop for a team, the race car, and Or just five Sprinters for bus racing. Or a mobile motorcycle Or transportation for a polygamist lifestyle. Or a apartment in Manhattan.

The Sprinter is a blank slate. A one. Shaped like a

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