The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter plans to dominate in the large van segment by making it offer several product improvements in spring 2012. It was subjected to the tough, practical testing that highlights the primary requirements of safety, economy and comfort. The Sprinter is the first van in the world to come with a seven-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.
It is equipped with a BlueEFFICIENCY package and a higher axle ratio that enhances fuel efficiency even further. The functionality of the standard-fit ESP has been enhanced. Just like all new parts of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, these new features are required to be able to endure extreme testing in the harsh conditions near the Arctic Circle. The safety standard of the Sprinter was raised by Mercedes-Benz to a higher level.
Since the start of 2012, the van has been fitted with a new range of ADAPTIVE ESP with added functions. The Brake Disk Wipe is one of its new features. When driving on a wet surface, this system creates a low level of brake pressure on a cyclical basis.
This removes the film of water from the brake disc so that the full braking power becomes immediately available if it is necessary. It also gets Electronic Brake Prefill. If the pressure on the accelerator is suddenly released by the driver, this is understood to be the first step of an impending braking process. In reaction, the system gently applies the brake pads to the brake disc.
This also marks the first time that the new 7G-Tronic transmission will be offered as an option for a van with effect from this spring. The seven-speed automatic transmission was adapted to meet the specific requirements of use in a van. This transmission comes with a fully electronic control system and it has already shown an impressive performance when used in numerous Mercedes-Benz passenger car models.
Another amazing feature that it has is that the BlueEFFICIENCY package has resulted to a high fuel efficiency for the Sprinter models with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 3.5 tons. It also comes with a four-cylinder diesel engine, which brings down the combined consumption (depending on the model variant and axle ratio) to as low as 7.6 litres per 100 km.