Fleet-focused Sprinter from Mercedes-Benz
MERCEDES-BENZ Vans has showcased the next-generation Sprinter, which will be joined by an all-electric version next year.
The third-generation Sprinter gets fleet-friendly features such as internet connectivity to keep drivers in contact with fleet managers at all times through Mercedes’ new Pro Connect service.
This allows assignments to be managed online and all vehicle information such as location, fuel levels and maintenance schedules can be accessed easily. There will be eight packages available, including Vehicle Supervision, Vehicle Operations, Fleet Communication, Maintenance Management and a digital Driver’s Logbook.
A new front-wheel drive option is being offered alongside the traditional rear and four-wheel drive choices.
Mercedes says the new layout allows these models to carry 50 kg more than rear-driven Sprinters, while the load area is 80 mm lower, making it easier to put items in the back.
Front-wheel drive vans also come with the choice of two new transmissions in the form of a nine-speed automatic and six-speed manual.
The German firm says that an all-electric eSprinter will join the range in 2019 as part of its strategy to electrify its commercial van fleet, but has given no other information.