Mercedes-Benz has teased some few sketchy images of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter ahead of its official debut next year. The automaker has sold out 3.3 million Sprinter vans since its inception in 1995. Contrary to the 2nd generation Sprinter edition, the inbound model is being engineered and designed in-house by Mercedes-Benz. It means the next Sprinter van shares no platform with the Volkswagen Crafter.
Mercedes-Benz alludes that the design of this van is sporty and aggressive with thin, towed back headlights along with a new guise of the grille and front bumper. The overall design ostensibly serves to shift the boundaries of its segment. Most importantly, the next-gen Sprinter includes comprehensive connectivity services and driving assistance systems.
Further, the inbound van portrays a new telematics system that brings utmost efficiency regarding vehicle and fleet management. Mercedes-Benz says it will avail the new Sprinter with a significantly extended range of variants. For instance, plans are ripe for the company to introduce a variety of body lengths, heights, and wheelbases.
2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter – Exterior and Interior Specs
As mentioned above, Mercedes-Benz issued a design sketch of the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show which took place in Atlanta, Georgia. The NACV event, which took center stage from 25-28 September 2017, was being held for the first time in Georgia.
Although the technical details of this model remain scant, Mercedes-Benz says the next Sprinter goes on sale in the first half of next year. As far as the exterior design goes, the revived Sprinter adopts the same design cues as the smaller Metris van. Mercedes-Benz previewed this plan back in 2016 with the Vision Van concept.
Also, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter carries proportions that appear to reflect the ongoing Sprinter model. A glance at our spy shots reveals that the headlights are narrower while the front grille is taller and recessed. The car’s side profile is smoother in comparison to the current van that has rakish slashes. Sprinter’s smoother looks are not only aligned with the Vision Van but also the automaker’s newest styling trends.
The vehicle’s door mirrors are distinctive and the wheel arches more pronounced. Drawing judgments about the rear may be difficult given that our images are sketchy and don’t reveal many details. However, we expect significant alterations considering the degree to which the rear lights are disguised. We also anticipate this model to echo the hooped rear light styling of the Vision Van.
2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter – Engine and Gearbox
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter draws its juice from a direct injection 3.0-liter V-6 Turbo Diesel Intercooled engine. This powerhouse outputs approximately 188 horsepower @3800 rpm and 325 pound-feet of torque @1400 rpm. Also, the company reports that plans are underway to include an electric version known as the eSprinter.
2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter – Pricing and Possible Arrival
Mercedes-Benz opted to remain silent concerning the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter pricing and release date. However, the company promised to expose more teaser images in the next couple of weeks.
A source close to Mercedes-Benz authorities hints at the possibility of launching this new machine in the first half of the calendar year 2018. Be sure to check back early next year for more details on the pricing of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Some of the main opponents are Toyota Sienna, Nissan Quest and Mitsubishi Expander.