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.
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.
Just after it was launched officially to the market, the 2014 Sprinter has shown that it has an excellent track record. This new offering from Mercedes-Benz has revealed in comprehensive trials how reliable it really is. Whether it is running at top speeds during endurance test or taking short-distance tests on the icy roads of Scandinavia. For the latter test, it was composed of a large number of stops with a high proportion of the time spent idling.
Aside from the endurance tests, there was the tough deployment in real-life traffic by the customers. Overall, the 2014 Sprinter underwent a total of around 5 million miles. In addition, Mercedes-Benz said that the operations covered a wide range of driving profiles. This includes service of a company that uses a maximum of 170,000 miles on a yearly basis, and made possible by alternating drivers through a relay system.
Another emphasis during the development phase was that it should offer a wide array of new assistance systems, many of which have not yet been seen within the van segment. There are at least four new assistance systems that help lower the possibly of experiencing accidents. These are the Lane Keeping Assist, Highbeam Assist, Collision Prevention Assist, and Blind Spot Assist. With these new systems, Mercedes-Benz Vans will be able to highlight not only the innovative developments but also the brand’s pioneering role when it comes to safety technology.
One reason why this new assistance system can help reduce accidents is because of the electronic aids. Those in-charge of development at the brand know that by including in the van segment these new assistance systems, it will bring with it a positive effect as it relates to accident statistics. Mentioned earlier, one of the assistance systems is the Collision Prevention Assist which cautions the driver of impending collisions.
When it comes to accidents occurring on the road, one of the most dangerous factors is the failure of one driver to maintain the required distance from the other cars on the road. The brand’s very own research team conducted a study and found out that having radar-based assistance systems could be a big help. Having it could help prevent rear-end collisions, or at the very least, lower the possibility of such collisions.