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2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: the Original

The vaunted Mercedes-Benz star might look a bit out of on a utilitarian cargo van, but the is well known for trucks in parts of the world.

Although by Mercedes-Benz and long a common in Europe, what is now the ubiquitous and Sprinter arrived on these in 2001 wearing a Freightliner and two years later was also with a Dodge nameplate. At the both of those manufacturers in partnership with Mercedes, and were deemed more outlets for such a clearly vehicle.

But when the Mercedes to Chrysler Corporation dissolved in it was determined that selling the solely through Freightliner wouldn’t provide enough and service centers, so the big Sprinters festooned with three-pointed to became a rather curious to some Mercedes-Benz lots.


In country, Sprinter is offered in body lengths, five styles (cargo, passenger, crew, and as a minibus), two wheelbases, and two with payload capacities of up to lbs.

Today, the same vehicle is under both the Freightliner and nameplates, the two differing only in design and badging. Offering not only expands the number of centers (only a fraction of dealers sell the Sprinter), it allows for different personas. Sprinters used for livery might benefit from the of the three-pointed star on their do you really want your showing up driving a Mercedes?

If you want to arrive at a customer’s driving a hoity-toity Mercedes, sells a “regrilled” version of the (background) that’s otherwise

In its early years here, could be had in three wheelbase and two roof heights, but with one powertrain: a 154-horsepower 2.7-liter turbodiesel mated to a 5-speed transmission. Oddly, these big were of unibody design than body-on-frame as are most vehicles) and were offered with rear-wheel drive.

For 2007, the Sprinter got a facelift, and the turbodiesel was replaced by two new engines: a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, and a conventional 254-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, both by Mercedes. The latter offering was however, and since 2009, the 3.0-liter turbodiesel – upgraded to 188 horsepower – has been available. Up now, that is.

For 2014, the gets a makeover that not only revised styling, but an added engine and numerous new

While everything from the header back remains the same, what’s in front of is all new. A facelift results in a rounded, modern-looking front end looks similar to the old one, but is distinguishable – if you know what to for. Added to the powertrain is a new 161-horsepower 2.1-liter 4-cylinder based on one now offered in some passenger vehicles, and it’s to a new 7-speed automatic transmission.

notably new inside for 2014 is the dashboard screen. Numerous cubbies include a covered bin (shown lid up), two flanking dashtop bins, a dashboard above a pop-out cupholder shown open), a smallish and big map pockets. There are also bins over the sunvisors.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic

But perhaps most notable of the features are a number of safety and items not previously available. is a 5.8-inch dashboard screen, with Bluetooth wireless link, iPod connection, and ports. Some options added, and the list now includes rear obstacle detection, camera, low-speed traction and a navigation system. Sprinter is available with a number of safety features, including and curtain-side airbags, wide-angle headlights, blind-spot detection, assist, collision-prevention assist, and high-beam headlights.

In back-to-back the new 2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel feel as though it gave up to its 3.0-liter V6 brother. Credit the new automatic for some of that, as it a wider ratio spread the 5-speed used with the V6. however, that we drove the empty; fully loaded, the may have been more Both suffered a bit of turbo lag a full-throttle start, resulting in a “gentlemany” launch. But about 20 out, acceleration picked up and the only place the 4-cylinder noticeably weaker was in mid-range but not by a lot. Both transmissions down fairly quickly for passing response. The payback for the comes in two forms: fuel which Mercedes-Benz says an 18% improvement, and a base price lower by about $900.

The difference between the 2013 (left) and 2014 mug (right) are to distinguish with the two side by The latter has a taller nose, headlights, and hood creases stop at the top of the grille rather loop beneath it.

Many of updates were likely by some new competition that has arrived – or is about to. While the Sprinter competed against the conventional “low roof” vans offered by Chevrolet/GMC and (the Express, Savana, and respectively) – all of which are still – the party has gotten a lot bigger in the couple of years. Nissan the commercial-van fray in 2012 its truck-based NV, and Ram (the new “truck” of Chrysler) recently introduced the Promaster commercial van based on one in Europe by new-parent Fiat. The Ram in “high roof” form the Sprinter, while the Nissan in both low- and high-roof styles. And next year, is due to add the European-based Transit, another model similar in size to the

Speaking of next year, more to come for the big box from It has recently been announced the 2015 model will Crosswind Assist, which the vehicle’s antiskid system to counter crosswinds, along a 4×4 version with part-time drive and a 4.3-inch higher height.

Mercedes-Benz (Then Daimler) has been building since 1886. This L 319 van was very popular in Europe for duty.

If you live in any kind of area, any trip to work seldom goes by that you see a Sprinter festooned with logos lumbering down the taking up a good bit of the scenic in front of you. And in recent you may have also started some of its rivals in the same But Mercedes is convinced that the will continue to hold its own in the of this new competition, partly due to the it’s received along the and partly because there’s no substitute for the original.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic

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