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Mercedes Unveils Next-Gen 2019 Sprinter Van in Germany

Mercedes Unveils Next-Gen 2019 Sprinter Van in Germany

By Philly Murtha, February 06, 2018
The redone 2019 Sprinter large van that can haul passengers and/or cargo debuted this week at the new Mercedes-Benz logistics center in Duisburg, Germany. The third-generation Sprinter will begin reaching U.S. Van ProCenter showrooms by the end of 2018, according to a company statement. A new 2019 electric eSprinter may also arrive in the U.S. market next year.

Major improvements to the new Sprinter, which still has its recognizable tall stance, include a more “progressive” redesign with more connectivity and driver-focused improvements, according to the German automaker. On the outside, the latest Sprinter will have a new front end and grille treatment with narrower lighting systems. The new van, which can be ordered in more than 1,700 configurations for different customer requirements, has been designed with comfort, including lots of cupholders and safety features that are typically standard in a passenger car.

The Sprinter Tourer can be set up as a camper or transport van, and can also be used as an ambulance by rescue services, according to officials at Mercedes-Benz Vans. Fold-flat sliding doors and an extra passenger step nearly disappear when the van’s doors are shut.

Full connectivity is a major focus in the 2019 Sprinter, according to Mercedes. Technologies include multimedia systems with multiple controls on the steering wheel, a large screen for the driver, as well as extra communication facility for transport requirements. Several packages are available for fleet operators to track the vehicle and driver location through Mercedes Pro connect. The system also offers enhanced navigation, analysis of driving style, digitized recording, and remote vehicle operation capability.

Safety also is emphasized in the 2019 Sprinter, with the availability of specific driver-assistance systems such as a self-cleaning camera in the rearview mirror, a 360-degree-view parking camera system, and rain sensor with integrated Wet Wiper system for optimal visibility.

Since its 2001 debut in the U.S. market, the tall European Sprinter has added a new dimension to the van category with what Mercedes calls “flexibility, robustness, and economy.” U.S. Sprinter sales in 2017 totaled more than 24,000 units, according to data collected by J.D. Power.

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