Dodge Sprinter 2500 Origins
After decades of offering essentially the same unibody Ram Van Wagon, Dodge took a different tack with the Dodge Sprinter 2500.
The Dodge Sprinter 2500 borrows a body and features from DaimlerChrysler’s Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Like the Mercedes version, the Dodge Sprinter 2500 has a squared-off roof and rear, a sliding side door, and a rear barn door. Early Sprinter models seat up to 10 passengers. By 2008, Dodge increased seating capacity to 12 with two front seats, two three-seat middle rows, and a four-seat back row.
Base Sprinter 2500 models measure taller and longer than U.S. rivals such as Ford’s Econoline and General Motors’ Express and Savana. Upgrading to a 76.4-inch roof allows a person as tall as 6 feet, 3 inches to stand upright inside the van.
Early Dodge Sprinter 2500 models come in three sizes, two of which can be fitted with the higher roof. All early models come equipped with a 2.7-liter, five-cylinder diesel engine. In 2007, Dodge replaced the five-cylinder with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6. A 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 engine is optional.
After 2009, Dodge retired its version of the Sprinter van. As of 2012, the van is still manufactured by Mercedes-Benz.About the Dodge Sprinter 2500
The Dodge Sprinter 2500 is best known for its spacious cabin, refined features, and distinctive appearance.
In addition to offering room for up to 12 people, the Sprinter 2500 has a maximum cargo capacity of 141.3 cubic feet. Opting for the high-roof option provides passengers with approximately two feet more headspace than U.S.-made competitor models. Passenger conveniences include optional rear heating and air-conditioning and an optional power-sliding door.
The Sprinter 2500 also manages to beat out rivals in terms of maneuverability and fuel economy, thanks to a car-like suspension system and an estimated fuel efficiency of 25 mpg city/highway.
When it comes to towing, however, the Sprinter 2500’s five-cylinder engine cannot compete with traditional U.S.-manufactured vans. Even with the more powerful V-6 in later models, the Sprinter 2500’s towing capacity tops out at 5,000 pounds. In comparison, some three-quarter-ton, V-8-powered rivals can pull nearly twice as much weight.Dodge Sprinter 2500 Features
Dodge ceased production of the Dodge Sprinter 2500 after 2009.
The 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 comes in three body styles: a 144-inch wheelbase with a regular roof, a 144-inch wheelbase with a high roof, and a 170-inch wheelbase with a high roof.
All 2009 models contain a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine, and the previously optional 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 was discontinued. The diesel V-6 produces 154 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque and pairs with a five-speed shiftable automatic transmission.
Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, all-season tires, outward-opening rear quarter windows, a rear defogger, variable intermittent wipers, cloth seats, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, rear ventilation ducts, front and rear 12-volt power outlets, a front console with storage, front cup holders, front door pockets, and a 13-speaker sound system with a CD player. Safety equipment includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes, child-seat anchors, rear-center three-point seat belts, front seat belt pretensioners, stability and traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The regular wheelbase Dodge Sprinter 2500 measures 232.5 inches in length, 96.3 inches in height, and 79.7 inches in width. The extended wheelbase version increases length to 273.2 inches. High-roof models increase height to 107.5 inches.
The Sprinter 2500's long list of options include alloy wheels, xenon headlamps, headlamp washers, fog lamps, a power-sliding side door, cruise control, front and rear parking assistance, a heated windshield, a rear-windshield wiper, rear air-conditioning and heating, heated front seats, a six-disc CD changer, an auxiliary battery, and, on the regular roof versions, a front and/or rear power sunroof.Dodge Sprinter 2500 Evolution
Dodge introduced the European-engineered Sprinter 2500 as a replacement for the Dodge Ram Van Wagon in 2003. Essentially a rebadged version of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, the full-size Dodge Sprinter 2500 offers seating for 10 passengers and combinations of two roof heights and three wheelbases: 118 inches, 140 inches, and 158 inches.
Early models contain a 2.7-liter, five-cylinder diesel engine. Slight revisions in 2004 improved seating materials and offered new options, such as a heated windshield with rain-sensing wipers. 2006 brought a rear parking assistance system, headlight washers, and wiring for hands-free phone use.
The Dodge Sprinter 2500 was redesigned in 2007 with new lengths and engines. Dodge pared down its lineup to two body styles: a regular 144-inch wheelbase and an extended 170-inch wheelbase. A high roof was optional on the regular model and standard on the extended version.
Dodge replaced the 2.7-liter, five-cylinder engine with a more powerful 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6. The newer model also introduced an optional 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 engine. Interior updates included larger rear windows, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, and new Mercedes-Benz switchgear. In 2008, the Sprinter was updated with an optional power-sliding door and a standard emergency-exit window. Seating capacity increased to 12 in the 2008 models.