Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles in Ireland has confirmed that the latest generation of their large Sprinter panel van will be launched here in Ireland in June.
The new Sprinter is available in six different body variants in five wheelbase options from 3250mm up to 4325mm (rear-wheel drive) or 3924mm (front-wheel drive). There are three diesel variants developing between 84 and 130 kW power output. Three body heights range from 1,719 mm to 2243 mm. It comes in five weight classes with load compartment volume increased up to 17cu. metres with 5.5 tonnes capacity, three drive configurations – front, rear and 4-wheel drive.
By mixing and matching the new Sprinter’s various features customers can model more than 1,700 different units to match whatever corporate or individual requirements they may have.
Engines & Transmission
Engines comprise a 3-litre, 6-cylinder unit delivering 140 kW (190 hp) and 440 N-m of torque at 1600 to 2600 rpm and 4-cylinder units in three output classes for rear and front-wheel drive. Like the 3.0 litre version, the smaller four-cylinder diesel engine has common-rail direct injection. From a displacement of 2.1 litres and with rear-wheel drive, this engine generates a choice of three outputs: 84 kW (114 hp), 105 kW (143 hp) or 120 kW (163 hp). With front-wheel drive the outputs range is from 84 kW (114 hp) to 105 kW (143 hp) and 130 kW (177 hp).
Gear ranges are graduated to give an optimum balance between low consumption and agile handling. Other virtues include a low noise level and outstanding ride comfort. Two newly developed transmissions for front-wheel drive units include a 9-speed automatic torque converter transmission – a first in the large van segment. A new 6-speed manual transmission also impresses with maximum gearshift comfort and no irritating vibrations of the shift lever.
Further information, pricing and detailed specification will follow closer to the market introduction in Ireland.