The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been a staple in the commercial vehicle industry since the first generation was introduced across Europe decades ago. Building upon Mercedes' substantial experience in the field of commercial vehicles, the Sprinter is offered as a cargo van with room for up to five passengers, a passenger van with space for up to 12 occupants, a minibus capable of seating 18 adults and a simple cab-chassis.
For the latest model year, the Sprinter receives a new base trim level called Worker.
The Sprinter's front end falls in line with members of Mercedes' passenger car lineup thanks in part to more dynamic headlights, LED daytime running lamps, a three-slat grille embellished by a large three-pointed star emblem and a more streamlined lower bumper. The back end remains largely the same but it is adorned by new emblems.
The cabin was designed to eliminate the fatigue that inevitably comes with driving long hours. Starting with a spacious cockpit and an ergonomic dashboard, engineers added height-adjustable seats with generous lumbar support, numerous storage bins and a legible instrument cluster consisting of three analog gauges and a digital screen that provides vital information about the truck and its surroundings.
Mercedes' MBrace2 infotainment system has not yet transitioned into the world of commercial vehicles but the Sprinter comes standard with a 5.8-inch touch screen that groups the truck's connectivity, navigation (if equipped) and entertainment functions into a single unit. The system includes Bluetooth connectivity, a telephone keypad, an auxiliary input and a SD card slot.
Consisting of an entry-level trim called Worker, one 2500 model, and two 3500 variants, the Sprinter range is available in a dizzying array of configurations including two wheelbase lengths and three body lengths.
The Sprinter Worker is only available with a standard roof and a regular, 144-inch long wheelbase. It can haul 3, 500 pounds, tow 5, 000 pounds, and carry 319 cubic feet of cargo.
With a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 8, 550 pounds, the smallest 2500 model features a 144-inch wheelbase while stretching 232.5 inches long and 96.3 inches tall. Customers after more can opt for a 170-inch long wheelbase, choose a total length of either 273.2 or 289.2 inches and a taller roof that raises the van's overall height to 107.5 inches.
The 2500 is capable of hauling anywhere between 2, 948 and 3, 479 pounds depending on length and height. Cargo capacity ranges from 318 to 547 cubic feet, and all variants regardless of size can tow up to 5, 000 pounds.