Mercedes-Benz has new police-ready packages for X-Class, Sprinter, E-Class, GLC

Article by Christian A., on February 26, 2018

Luckily for German law enforcement officers, Mercedes-Benz is presenting them with more ways to catch criminals as it launches the X-Class truck for cops at the General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference 2018 in Frankfurt. Aside from the truck, the automaker will also reveal other models that are part of its range of Polizei-ready models, including some really efficient options.

Here is the thing, MercedesBenz does not offer many details about the changes for its police focused vehicles. But we are assuming that if these tweaks are similar to those like law enforcement models in the United States, these will likely include radio systems, on-board computers for officers, and a lot of storage space to keep all of the cops’ equipment.

For the X-Class in its police spec, the model is based on an all wheel drive to make it perform even better off road. The Polizei livery, however, makes the truck look really cool.

It will not only be the X-Class that will have a police-ready version, as some of the automaker’s vans will be at the show too. This includes the Sprinter that has been customized to have the same livery. In addition, the Vito Tourer will be ready for radio patrol car duty, and there will also be a standard version of the same model for customs work.

Another model that you can expect at the Police Exhibition 2018 will be the E-Class Estate. The model now comes equipped with Mercedes’ OM 654 four cylinder diesel for greater efficiency. The wagon also comes with safety tech like active brake assist, collision warning, and pedestrian detection on both the front and the rear.

To make a big push at offering police force’s better efficiency, they will also be opting for electric assistance. For the cops, the GLC 350e 4Matic will be one of their new options. In town, it saves money by running purely on electric power, while also boasting a longer range for covering distance on the Autobahn.

Cars that are more ideal for small town use include these two fully electric models from Mercedes-Benz: the Smart Fortwo and Fourfour, to be used as special response vehicles. The German automaker also promises that they plan to expand their electrified police vehicles soon, including models like the Vito as well as the Sprinter.

Watch out for these models as they make their debut in Frankfurt for the General Police Equipment Exhibition and Conference.

Press Release

International police trade fair: Mercedes-Benz and smart make for an electrifying GPEC 2018

Daimler AG will be present at the General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference® (GPEC) 2018 with its Mercedes-Benz and smart brands as a full-line supplier of vehicles for police forces. The company's focus at the trade fair will be on electric mobility. From 20 to 22 February, police vehicles from Mercedes-Benz and smart will be on view in Hall 11 (stand C006) at the Frankfurt trade fair complex.

The GLC 350 e 4MATIC (combined fuel consumption: 2.7-2.5 l /100 km; combined power consumption: 15.2-13.9 kWh/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 64-59 g/km) will be on show for the first time in a police look at the GPEC international police trade fair in Frankfurt am Main. In addition to the hallmark Mercedes-Benz brand attributes of safety, state-of-the-art suspension and numerous assistance systems, the plug-in hybrid also offers outstanding energy efficiency. Plug-in hybrids represent a key technology on the road to the locally emission-free future of the automobile. They offer customers the benefits of two worlds: in town, they run in all-electric mode, while, on long journeys, they profit from the range of the internal combustion engine. Hybridisation also makes the combustion engine more efficient while delivering a more dynamic performance.

Efficiency and low emissions also come courtesy of the all-new diesel engine in the new E-Class, which will be on view at the trade fair in an Estate version with a police look. The new OM 654 diesel engine has been designed to comply with future RDE (Real Driving Emissions) legislation. The E-Class comes with a host of safety and assistance systems, such as Active Brake Assist with distance and collision warning, situation-sensitive braking assistance and autonomous braking function, which can help avoid or mitigate the consequences of accidents with vehicles in front or with crossing pedestrians.

It was back in 2007 that smart assumed a pioneering role in terms of zero-emissions driving, the first-generation smart electric drive setting a landmark in electric mobility. At the GPEC, smart will present the fourth-generation smart ed in a fortwo version with electric drive (combined power consumption: 12.9 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) and a forfour version (combined power consumption: 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) in a police/public order authority look. The electric vehicles have a range of 160 kilometres. The models are used mainly in town as special response vehicles. A smart fortwo cabrio electric drive (combined power consumption: 13.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) will be in use on the acceleration track in Hall 11.1. The electrified cabriolet, with a top speed of 130 km/h, will be available to be experienced by visitors themselves on the acceleration track.

Mercedes-Benz Vans has a long history of trusted partnership with the police, thereby contributing to added safety. The many different possible applications of the vehicles are reflected in the versatility of the products – either as a team transporter, patrol car or as a special-purpose vehicle, such as for dealing with explosives. The GPEC will feature a Sprinter in the form of a team vehicle and a Vito Tourer as a radio patrol car in a police look. All the vehicles are equipped with 7G-Tronic automatic transmission with torque converter, which allows faster acceleration thanks to the absence of any interruption in tractive power. In addition, the GPEC will showcase another Vito in a special customs version as well as the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class, both equipped with all-wheel drive for added off-road capability. The X-Class combines the typical attributes of a pick-up – robust, functional and durable with off-road capability – with the classic strengths of a genuine Mercedes – design, comfort, driving dynamics and safety. The Mercedes-Benz pick-up will be on show for the first time in a police look at the GPEC. Thanks to its wide track, typical Mercedes comfortable spring/damper tuning as well as coil springs and internally ventilated disc brakes at front and rear, the X-Class is impressive both on- and off-road.

Mercedes-Benz Vans plans in future to offer all commercial vans with an electric powertrain. First up is the mid-size eVito, which can now be ordered and will be available for delivery from the second half of 2018. The battery-electric Sprinter will follow in 2019.

In the outdoor grounds at the GPEC, Mercedes-Benz will present an Arocs 3251 L 8x4 heavy-duty truck. The vehicle is suitable for a wide range of police duties – from logistical assignments to the erection of protective barriers, removal of obstacles, launching of heavy boats and high-altitude rescue.

From the smart fortwo two-seater to the Sprinter through to the Actros, which serves as a transport vehicle, the comprehensive Daimler portfolio offers the appropriate vehicle for every area of police operations. The many years of excellent cooperation between Daimler AG and the police are founded on safety, efficiency and a wide range of products always ideally tailored to the operational needs of police forces.

The 10th international General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference GPEC takes place from 20 to 22 February 2018 in Hall 11 at the Frankfurt am Main trade fair complex under the auspices of Hesse Minister-President Volker Bouffier. In 2016, the GPEC was attended by around 6700 security experts, including decision-makers, managers, procurement officers, technicians, instructors and end users from 57 countries. Further information about the GPEC is available at www.gpec.de.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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