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2014 Refreshed Sprinter Van Is to Take All Comers

Posted by Williams | May 12, 2013

By Aaron

More often than the only three-pointed star on a at any construction site is the real developer’s S-Class sitting by the not a contractor’s truck romping the dirt. But that slowly may be as Mercedes-Benz makes inroads in the vehicle market with its and greatest Sprinter van. The and increasingly popular Sprinter we recently highlighted in our video the 2013 Work Truck ) is a European-style van — meaning it’s upright and exclusively diesel a marked contrast from the American-style full-size vans by Ford, GM and now Nissan that primarily on gasoline engines.

Slow and steady growth for the Carolina-assembled Sprinter has followed a to create more than 200 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter dealers — separate showrooms sharing with the brand’s luxury Sixty percent of Sprinters are to the construction trades market, to Mercedes-Benz.

With the U.S. poised to see new European-style vans from Ford (Transit) and Ram Mercedes-Benz believes the time is to forge ahead with to heavily promote the Sprinter. We the oddball for more than 10 says Claus Tritt, general manager for commercial Now with Ford and Ram introducing products, we are the benchmark.

Mercedes-Benz held a media briefing at its testing center in Ann Arbor, introducing the updated 2014 and showing off a handful of the 80-plus that take part in the Mercedes-Benz equipment program. on hand was a restored 1960 Sprinter — a beautiful, classic with around 40 horsepower and all the features of a shopping cart — to some historical perspective on how far the has come.

The new Sprinter gets only styling updates for 2014, the high eyebrows and smiley-face of the old model in favor of a more horizontal-themed appearance. LED running adorn the new headlights, which more than a passing to the units seen on the company’s cars. The rest of the van’s inside and out, is pretty unchanged. Five versions be available from Mercedes-Benz: a van, a basic cargo an 18-passenger minibus, a cab-chassis and a four-passenger crew van — essentially a van with an easily removable row of seats. This is our crew-cab says Antje Williams, marketing manager.

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Styling isn’t all that but the big news is under hood Mercedes-Benz is supplementing the 3.0-liter V-6 that carries over the 2013 model with a new four-cylinder turbo-diesel as the standard The smaller engine is rated at 161 hp and 265 of torque, considerably less the 188 hp and 325 pounds-feet that the V-6 makes but enough to easily motivate the according to Mercedes-Benz, which that the engine is popular The four-cylinder makes the most of torque with the adoption of a new automatic transmission; the V-6 continues to do with a five-speed automatic. claims that the new four-cylinder results in an 18 percent improvement in efficiency over the already-efficient V-6. Exact EPA numbers are not yet

In addition to the new motor, the 2014 offers several new options electronic safety equipment on the brand’s luxury cars, a navigation system (a swappable that can be transferred between vans in a fleet), Parktronic assist, blind spot assist, lane keeping collision prevention brake and a load adaptive electronic program.

The Sprinter is turning out to be a platform. More than 75 of all Sprinters leave dealerships some sort of approved The company’s South Carolina facility handles the program for America, registering approved who meet strict quality Mercedes-Benz had a half dozen for journalists to see, including an a Winnebago motor home, a box a delivery van and even a unique version by a Canadian company has made a specific cab chassis a fiberglass work pickup for a major cable company.

Official pricing for the Sprinter will also be sold as an priced Freightliner for contractors who showing up to give a quote in a work truck might customers the wrong idea) has not yet announced, but the company says the new entry model could be than the 2013 V-6 model’s $36,000 starting price. As many Mercedes-Benz products, a hand on the option sheet can double the price, with versions reaching the $50,000-$60,000 when loaded with and safety gear. But with residuals running an astonishing 51 or more after three the best performance of any Mercedes-Benz Sprinter owners are apparently what they pay for.

To download the full 2014 press release, click .#0160;

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