The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a lightweight or heavyweight commercial vehicle that was introduced in 2010. Prior to that, Mercedes created the vehicle for Dodge, which was sold under the same name. The Sprinter is manufactured by Daimler AG based in Germany. It is available as a van, minibus, and chassis cab. The car was sold by Freightliner and built from complete knockdown kits until 2010 when Mercedes-Benz took over sales and services in North America. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was all about ultimate utility back then, transporting a large number of people with sufficient interior space and room for cargo. Akin to several other full-sized vans, the car was meant mostly for commercial use or for large families. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, however, had many clear advantages over its closest competitors with regard to passenger comfort, driving dynamics, body configuration, and luggage capacity. The Sprinter had modest horsepower and an adequate towing capacity.
The 15-passenger stretched-wheelbase minibus version and the Crew variant weren’t available in 2010.
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About the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
On the surface, the Mercedes-Benz commercial-use van came across as a symbol of needless indulgence. However, many people are unaware that Mercedes’ vans and trucks are much sought-after vehicles in Europe; hauling freight and moving perishable goods, while Mercedes’ passenger cars are targeted at the business class. Compared to its other full-size American peers, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter actually has a number of exemplary design attributes.
The load-floor of this commercial offering from Mercedes-Benz is one of the lowest of all full-size vans. In the taller of the two available roofs, a six-foot person can stand in the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter without having to stoop. In its largest configuration, the van has a massive storage space of 547 cubic feet. The people-mover variant can ferry up to 15 passengers on the five rows that can be placed on the longest guise.
Despite its wobbly and long stance, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is still remarkably maneuverable, thanks to the modern design of the chassis that feels less like a truck than the staple passenger and cargo vans manufactured in Detroit. The turbo-diesel standard V-6 engine also offers better fuel economy than domestic V-8s. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Features
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter full-size van is available in three variants: Cargo, Crew, and Passenger. The Cargo variant has only two front-row seats, while the Crew is an extended version of the Cargo, having a second-row bench seat. The Passenger option has four rows of seats and can ferry about 12 passengers. There’s also the larger ""MiniBus"" model that adds a fifth row of passenger seats and can carry a maximum of 15 passengers. All the available models come in 2500 models and have two wheelbase lengths of 170 and 144 inches. The Cargo variant is also offered as a 3500 model with an increased payload capacity. The basic features in all Mercedes-Benz Sprinter variants include a wooden cargo floor, 16-inch alloy wheels, 270 degree opening rear doors, tilt and telescoping steering, air-conditioning, and a twin-speaker radio. Traction and stability control and front airbags are available as standard components.
There is a bewildering array of options that allow Mercedes-Benz Sprinter owners to tailor the vans as per their wants. These include parking sensors, a driver-side rear sliding door, upgraded front seats, a rearview camera, air-conditioning and rear heating, upgraded front seats, and a rearview camera. The Crew and Cargo vans are also capable of fitting a sunroof and roof rack-mounting rails.
All variants of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter are equipped with a three-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that can deliver 188 hp and a 325 lb-ft of torque. A standard five-speed automatic transmission system sends power to the back wheels.
Those used to traveling in passenger cars and sedans would be disappointed with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter as there is no wooden trim, leather, or any actively bolstered seat in the vehicle. Since the Sprinter is built and intended for commercial use or by large families, there’s no power liftgate, ‘magic’ seats, a plethora of cup-holders, or any of the numerous other trappings that are common in modern Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) or minivans. However, the van boasts of a better build quality and modern interiors as compared to most other full-size vans. The van’s dash and control layout, for instance, makes the vehicle feel more like a midsize SUV than otherwise suggested by its purpose and utility. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Evolution
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was a full-size van that was available in several configurations. Akin to the next edition that would be introduced a year later, each available Sprinter came with two wheelbases and two roof heights.
The standard equipment in the Cargo variant included 16-inch steel wheels, a wooden cargo floor, right-sliding doors, air-conditioning, and a host of other features. The Crew was identically equipped, except that it had second-row bench seats. Most of the standard features in the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter were carried over to the 2012 version, with a generous degree of fresh add-ons aimed to boost passenger convenience.