17 cubic meters of volume, 3.5 tonnes of towing load, four lengths, three heights and wheelbases, three drive concepts, up to 20 Sitzeplätze: First ride in the 2020 Mercedes Sprinter.
More than 1,700 variants are selectable-box, flatbed or tourer, short, medium or long, flat, medium or high, pulled, pushed or all-wheel drive, switched or automatic, as diesel and from 2019 also electric. And always totally networked on request.
The 2020 Mercedes Sprinter will be on the market at the end of June 2018. The third generation starts at prices starting from 19,990 Euro net (23,680 Euro gross) for the chassis in combination with the first offered front drive and the smallest diesel (114 hp). The box with front wheel drive and the 2.1-liter base self-ignition starts at 29,910 Euro net (34,880 Euro gross).
2020 Mercedes Sprinter: Practical through front drive
The bread-and-butter model remains the box. Thanks to the booming online business, he is more in demand than ever. In Germany, 2016 about three billion parcels were delivered, the forecasts for 2021 are in the direction of four billion. The box version with the new front-drive therefore primarily targets the courier, Express and Parcel Service providers (KEP).
In comparison to the rear drive, up to 50 kilograms can be charged. Mercedes has also lowered this version. The loading sill is eight centimeters lower than the rear-drive models. If you get in and out a few hundred times a day, you’ll notice the difference in the evening. Quadriceps femoris and Gluteus maximus greet.
Of course, the cheaper price also convinces the companies to order the box with front-wheel drive. With the same loading volume (9.5 cubic meters) It costs around 2,000 euros net/2.380 euros gross less.
2020 Mercedes Sprinter Interior; Digital
For a further increase in profitability, Mercedes now offers its customers the “Pro-Connect” fleet tool. It is part of a mobility service offering. The aim is to make everyday work easier and more paperless. Fleet managers and drivers, for example, gain access to vehicle status, maintenance and repair management, or a digital logbook. The digital offer is offered in a modular style. Eight tailor-made solutions are available, depending on the needs and size of the fleet and the financial strength of the customer.
The fleet manager always has an eye on its entire fleet, thanks to GPS tracking at any time where the vehicles are located. He sees whether a sprinter with low tank level or too little air pressure is on the road, whether the battery weakens or oil is missing and can inform the driver. This happens either via an app function to the driver’s smartphone or is sent directly to the vehicle system as a message. The term “Databus” gets a whole new meaning.
On the first test drives, we slip into the role of the delivery driver and receive an additional order on the road on the phone. The address is easily entered into the navigation system as a voice command via the new MUX (Mercedes-Benz user experience). Alternatively, the fleet manager can play the address directly into the system.
As a special feature, MBOX also has the address system “what3words”. It does not need street names or postal codes but uses a coordinate system that divides each spot of the Earth into three-by-three-meter fields and assigns 3 words to each field as an address. So it was enough to say these three words, the address is already set. An ingenious system that helps, for example, on unclear large-scale sites where the Sprinter meter can be piloted exactly to the right place.
Speaking of communication: MBUX also helps in other cases. The announcement, “Hey Mercedes, I’m hungry!”, for example, lets the system list suggestions with restaurants nearby. The commands “turn on the seat heating” or “place the radio station XYZ” or “Connect me with Contact ABC” also work. The same system is available in the new A-class.
Speaking of a-class: The 2020 Mercedes Sprinter rides almost like a car. The steering is very smooth, the new six-gear circuit works precisely. Alternatively, Mercedes offers a nine-Wandlerautomatik (2,104 Euro net/2.504 Euro gross) for the front drive models.
The choice of safety systems is also at the level of passenger cars. The offer ranges from the radar-based distance wizard Distronic to the active brake assistant, traffic sign assist traffic sign detection and the active tracking assistant to attention assist.
The important side wind assistants are available as standard. The 360-degree camera offers a surcharge (1,350 euros net/1.606, 60 euro gross), but certainly saves some expensive shunting tangle. Among the many good ideas in the Sprinter is also the wet wiper system with rain sensor. The wiping water is injected directly from the wiper arm in front of the wiper, which prevents dry wiping and scratching of the disc and immediately ensures good visibility.
Drivers and passengers are always online in the Sprinter on request. This is ensured by an optional Wi-Fi hotspot and USB charging options (in the Tourer at any place) for a smartphone, laptop or tablet.
The average motorization (143 hp, 2.1-liter) offers sufficient power reserves and can be driven with its maximum torque of 330-newton meters. The base diesel with 114 HP is sufficient for the inner-city delivery traffic. Those who like or need it more powerful choose the 2.1-liter diesel with 163 HP or the 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 190 PS. Mercedes currently does not have a gasoline or natural gas drive for Germany in the program. The battery electric version follows in the summer of 2019.
2020 Mercedes Sprinter Specs
- Commercial Vehicle as Box wagon, Combi, flatbed or chassis with single or double cabin
- Rear wheel, front and all-wheel drive
- Total permissible Weight: 3.0 to 5.5 t
- Permissible Train-Total weight: up to 8.75 t
- Lengths: 5,27-7,37 m
- Width: 1.99 m (2.43 m with external mirrors)
- Height: 2,36-2,83 m
- Wheelbases: 3,30-4,33 m
- Loading capacity: 7.8-17 m2
- Towing load: Up to 3.5 tonnes,
- Engines: 2.1-liter diesel with 114 hp, 143 hp and 163 hp, torque from 300 to 380 NM
- Consumption: 6.8-9.7 l
- CO2 emissions: 178 to 253 g/km
- Emissions standard: Euro 6
- Price: from 19,900, 00 Euro net (23,680 Euro gross), front-wheel drive chassis
- Price: from 29,910, 00 Euro net (34,880 Euro gross), a box with the front drive
The strong diesel:
- Engine: 3.0-liter-six-cylinder diesel
- Power: 190 PS
- Drive: Rear wheel drive
- Maximum torque: 440 Nm at 1,600-2,600 rpm
- Average consumption: 9.5 L/100 km
- CO2 emissions: 249 g/km
- Emissions standard: Euro 6
- Price from: 41,470 Euro net (49,350 Euro gross) box with rear wheel drive
*the Price & Specs are based on 2019 Model