MercedesBenz unveils more ‘serious’ Sprinter van

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Mercedes-Benz unveils more Sprinter van

The van gets a new four-cylinder engine to help it fend off new

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Mercedes has its Sprinter van It will have a new look and new standard four-cylinder engine It will face off new rivals Ford, Nissan and Ram

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In a segment of the auto where originality can be as rare as a paint job, Mercedes-Benz had cut out its own corner of exclusivity: a big yet fuel-thrifty commercial van line.

The Sprinter van has to be a success since it arrived in initially under the Dodge when Daimler owned and later under Daimler’s brand.

But now several competitors are on its doorsteps competing tall, Euro-style for the U.S. and Mercedes-Benz hopes to them off and protect its turf an all-new version of the Sprinter, the redo since 2006.

the new van arrives in the fall, it will a more serious-looking, work-oriented styling. A four-cylinder diesel choice will be added for the in addition to the six, along a raft of safety options. The van be aimed at not only the plumbers, and ice cream vendors who have its mainstay market, but also for who convert it for use as a small motor or executive van, where it has a nice niche.

And it will have a drawing card none of its competitors can match: three-pointed Mercedes-Benz badge on the of the grille, made even a bigger for the new one.

If anything, Mercedes executives see new commercial van entries coming Ford, Nissan and Chrysler’s Ram division as an homage to their to bring Sprinter to the U.S. in the place.

For 10 years, we were the in the van market. Now I truly believe we are the says Claus Tritt, manager of Mercedes’ commercial in the U.S.

At least Sprinter has an as the established nameplate. It has been in Europe as a Mercedes since After starting here as the Sprinter, some executive converters even peeled off the badging and restored its Mercedes-Benz to appear more upscale.

It formally became a Mercedes in the in 2010 when the agreement Chrysler expired, and it has been a sales producer. Through the three months of the year, sold 3,220 Sprinters, up over the same period year, Autodata reports. Freightliner also sells a of Sprinter, and its sales were 22.4%.)

By contrast, sales of the E-Series van, the type of van that has been the U.S. for decades, fell 4.3%.

is more expensive to buy, but the engine is more economical, Jim Mele, editor in chief of Owner . a trade magazine for fleet operators. They are so and tall if you’re a field you can stand up in them.

The current base, standard-roof starts at $37,285 with shipping. Pricing for the new model has not set.

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It also lauds for bringing more safety to the Indeed, the new one will have an blind-spot-warning system and lane-keeping

The current 188-horsepower, 3-liter, turbodiesel engine has been one of the big points compared with the gas of competitors. Sprinter comes as averaging almost 25 miles a in highway driving.


Mercedes to boost that number for those who opt for the new standard engine, a 2.1-liter four-cylinder, although the ratings for it aren’t available.

The new one will be most noticeable of its front-end styling.

We wanted it to more confidence, give it a serious look and show more quality, says Kai director of design for vans and for Mercedes. The look will be in keeping with the vehicle’s mission to be a mobile shop for It was a bit too friendly before.

Maybe the will help it fight off its new Besides the NV cargo vans Nissan brought to the U.S. in Chrysler’s Ram brand is going to a version of the Fiat vans sell in Europe, and Ford bring its Transit van design Europe to succeed the E-Series.

With all that competition, can keep its stride?

I hope will love it even Sieber says.

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