Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2018–)
- February 2017: 2018 Sprinter confirmed for mid-2018
- September 2017: Next-gen Sprinter unveiled
- April 2019: Engine start/stop fitted as standard to WLTP Sprinter vans
2018 Sprinter confirmed for mid-2018
The new big van will be more practical, cheaper to run and smarter than ever before. Buyers can also choose between diesel or all-electric power. Prices will start in the region of £18,000+VAT.
Sprinter will be available in 1700 different configurations, with factory-fit bodystyles covering tipper, dropside, minibus and panel van. Converters will also get the option of single or double chassis cab variants, which means there should be a Sprinter to fit all trades.
For the first time, the Sprinter gets the option of front-wheel drive, which allows for greater payloads due to the fact it uses a shorter driveshaft. Rear-wheel and four-wheel drive will also be available, with the latter providing all-road ability for those who need a big van for churning through light mud or wintery roads.
The 2018 Sprinter is expected to use updated versions of the Euro6 compliant 2.1-litre turbodiesels, with fuel economy improvements that could push the advertised ratings beyond the significant 40mpg barrier. Outputs will range from 114PS, 143PS to 163PS for rear-wheel drive versions, while front-wheel drive will get 114PS or 143PS. Camper van builders will have access to the powerful 177PS 2.1 unit.
Next-gen Sprinter unveiled
Mercedes-Benz Vans provides the first details of the new Sprinter. The new van will be available in a number of load lengths, wheelbases and roof heights. It will also get a new, sleek appearance, with LED daytime running lights and sweptback headlights, plus an enlarged grille.
Mercedes-Benz is promising more active safety kit as standard, with automatic city braking, adaptive cruise control and autonomous features. Under the bonnet the van will feature the German vanmaker's latest Euro6 diesel engines, spanning four-cylinder and V6 units.
Engine start/stop fitted as standard to WLTP Sprinter vans
All Sprinter vans from June will get engine start/stop as standard.