Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2006–2013)
- February 2006: New Mercedes-Benz Sprinter launched
- April 2008
- July 2009: New engine line-up
- March 2010
- October 2011
- April 2013: Revised Sprinter unveiled
New Mercedes-Benz Sprinter launched
The new Mercedes Sprinter is easily identified by its new headlights that reach up further into the front wings of the van. It also has a slimmed down range of engines comprising 2.1-litre and 3.0-litre V6 diesels with manual or automatic gearboxes.
The Mercedes Sprinter may be a common sight on our roads, but it’s one of the classiest vans you can buy. It was launched in 1995 and straightaway won International Van of the Year. This set the template for the second generation Sprinter that arrived in 2006 and that went on to scoop Van of the Year again in 2007.
The Sprinter gains ECO-Start to offer stop-start technology to save fuel and cut emissions. It costs £525 and comes with an uprated battery.
New engine line-up
Mercedes announces its Euro 5 engine line-up for the Sprinter that drops emissions to 214-264g/km depending on engine choice. The 2.1-litre diesel comes in 95PS, 130PS and 165PS variants, while the 3.0-litre V6 diesel persists with 190PS.
Kumho to supply OEM tyres for the Sprinter. Kumho will supply its Radial 857 commercial van tyre in size 235/65R16C 115/113R for Sprinter models up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight manufactured at Daimler’s Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde plants in Germany. The 857 is known for its excellent handling characteristics, durable casing and good wear performance.
A Seat Belt Warning System and Secure Engine Start are now standard on all Sprinter models. The Seat Belt Warning System sounds a buzzer if an occupant has not buckled up, while the Secure Engine Start will only let the engine start if the clutch pedal is depressed fully.
Revised Sprinter unveiled
As well as a new-look front end with a more upright grille, the revised model gets new safety system and engines that meet Euro VI standards with the most economical version able to average a claimed 44.4mpg.
There are changes inside with new upholstery and seat coverings plus a thicker steering wheel and new air vents. The gear lever has been redesigned and there's a new generation radio that includes Bluetoothand a Becker Map Pilot navigation system .