Mercedes-Benz is introducing the latest model of its widely acclaimed large van – the new Sprinter. The Sprinter has been the face of innovations in its segment, setting new standards. The latest model aims to continue what has been started, as it features five new safety systems, engines that comply with future Euro VI emissions standard, and a very impressive appearance.
The new Sprinter is so far the most efficient vehicle in its segment, as it only consumes 6.3 liters of fuel per 100 km. Euro VI drastically cuts the emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx), total hydrocarbons (THC), and particulate mass, and the new Sprinter is the first van in the world to comply with standard in all of its engine variants.
The van achieved this feat through the help of its BlueTEC engine and SCR technology that injects AdBlue into the exhaust gas. This technology has been tried and tested in over 100,000 commercial vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. This achievement was made without sacrificing the performance of the diesel engines -- four- and six-cylinder of which still provide outputs ranging from 70 kW (95 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp).
An additional exhaust treatment stage is employed to optimize the injection and combustion processes and boost pressure. These resulted to lower fuel consumption and less combustion noise. Mercedes-Benz also made an adjustment to the drive system and the ancillary components – transmission, rear axle and an intelligent generator management system --to improve fuel efficiency.
Mercedes-Benz is also offering an alternative gasoline engine for the new Sprinter -- a Euro VI-compliant supercharged four-cylinder featuring direct injection. The engine generates 115 kW (156 hp) from a total displacement of 1.8 liters.
The engine is also offered with a natural gas variant, which provides the same performance. Power is transmitted either by the ECO-Gear six-speed manual transmission or the 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission with lock-up clutch, which is the only system of its kind in a van.