25 YEARS MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTER
Mercedes-Benz Vans is using this 25th anniversary of the Sprinter to publish a specific topic on the Mercedes me media communications platform every month in 2020. The specials highlight the Sprinter's position over the decades and demonstrate how the vehicle has always managed to perfectly combine its historical tradition with modern innovations.
In 1995 the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter defined an entire size segment and played a part in aiding the transition to e-commerce. With disk brakes at the front and rear wheels, the anti-lock braking system ABS including the automatic brake differential ABD, a more aerodynamic body and low(er) consumption Mercedes-Benz states the Sprinter has set a standard as successor to its T1. The new van positioned itself as multi-talented and available in many different variants.
In 2006 over 1.3 million Sprinter sales and several facelifts later, Mercedes-Benz presented a comprehensive further development with tailor-made solutions. It was also the year the Sprinter got equipped with ESP. New features also included the wide-base tyres at the rear axle for the 4.6-tonne variant, the bi-xenon headlamps with static cornering and curve lights.
The next generation in 2013 came with an efficient drivetrain and numerous innovations like the ECO steering assistance pump, the ECO start/stop function and a long rear-axle ratio. Thanks to the latest engine technology featuring SCR, the Sprinter was the first van ever to meet the Euro 6 exhaust emissions standard. Also the 7-speed automatic transmission 7G-Tronic-Plus was new. Safety systems made their appearance: Crosswind Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Collission Prevention Assist.
In 2018 the third Sprinter generation became the first model series to embody the Mercedes-Benz Vans adVANce philosophy. Mercedes-Benz called the extensive networking with the internet revolutionary, creating new possibilities for managing a large fleet and for small businesses alike.
The Sprinter's broad range of variants is impressive: more than 1000 different versions of the current Sprinter can be configured from the possible bodies, chassis, drive concepts, tonnages and equipment details alone.
And then last year, 2019, the Sprinter enters the electric mobility with the eSprinter. Its electric front-wheel drive has an output of up to 85 kW with a torque of up to 295 newton metres. An adjustable payload and battery concept takes account of individual requirements: with a usable battery capacity of 47 kWh, its range is 168 kilometres.
Special “Sprinter” reports will be published this anniversary year on the Mercedes me media communication platform.