Published on Wednesday 08 May 2013 in Van News
If you are a Mercedes Sprinter fan, you'll be interested to learn that Mercedes-Benz has been giving the Sprinter a nip and tuck for 2014. Although van buyers will have to wait until the Autumn to take delivery of a 2014 model, it'll be worth the wait.
The 2014 Mercedes Sprinter remains a class-act when it comes to hauling stuff - lots of stuff. But it is now even safer, greener, more economical and dare we say it - more attractive then before. OK, it may not have the sexy lines of the German car-makers executive saloons and SUV's but form definitely follows function, so van drivers who need to pack lots into a powerful vehicle will not be disappointed.
The Sprinter has always driven innovations in its segment - a tradition that is being continued by the new model and perhaps the most exciting change is the addition of a new four cylinder engine. The 2.1 litre, four-cylinder engine delivers 161hp and 265 pound - feet of torque. All of that is available from 1400 rpm to 2400. Complementing the improved engine is a 7-speed automatic transmission - a first in the van segment - maximising fuel economy. Other transmissions remain optional.
Besides the engine technology, Mercedes has also been working hard on the exterior with a new front radiator grille and headlights. The bonnet has also been redesigned to make it more pedestrian friendly. The new Sprinter is immediately recognizable from the rear, due to its double-segmented tail-lights. Back inside, the cabin has a redesigned gearshift stick and a new seat design that promises to be more hard wearing and comfortable.
If safety is your top priority, look no further. The 2014 Mercedes Sprinter offers Collision Prevention Assistance, a blind spot warning system, automatic adjustment of the high beams as well as lane departure sensors - all designed to help reduce accidents in the van sector.
The Sprinter has all this and gets top marks for environmental credentials too. The Mercedes Sprinter 2014 is the world's first van to meet the future Euro VI emissions standard in all of its engine variants. Euro VI drastically reduces the emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx), total hydrocarbons (THC), and particulate mass. Or in layman's terms, the Mercedes Sprinter is kinder to the environment than a lot of other vans!
You'll be able to order the 2014 Mercedes Sprinter in a variety of shapes and sizes from the Autumn. Pricing will be announced closer to the sale date.