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Mercedes Benz revised their Sprinter to fend off their new rivals in the Ford Transit and Ram Promaster.

Here is their press release:

The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter - Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: Now even safer, greener, more economical, and more attractive

-World premiere of new safety systems
-World's first van to meet the future Euro VI emissions standard
-Most economical van in its class
-Enhanced exterior and interior
-Millions of kilometers of testing; sales to begin in June

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has lent its name to an entire vehicle segment and is a synonym for large vans with around 3.5 tons of GVW all around the globe. The Sprinter has always driven innovations in its segment - a tradition that is being continued by the new model. The new Sprinter continues to set standards, boasting five new safety systems, engines that meet the future Euro VI emissions standard, and a striking appearance. Most importantly, however, the van's excellent low fuel consumption (down to 6.3 liters per 100 km) makes it by far the most efficient vehicle in its segment.

World premiere of new safety systems
The Sprinter has always been a pioneer with regard to driver assistance systems. Five new assistance systems - including several van firsts - will help reduce the number of accidents even further in the new Sprinter.

The following systems are celebrating their world debut in the Sprinter: Crosswind Assist, which is fitted as standard, and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST and Blind Spot Assist, which are both optional. Other new features are Highbeam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. The developers at Mercedes-Benz are convinced that these electronic assistants will play a key role in helping to reduce accidents in the van sector.

As one of the functions of the Electronic Stability Program, Crosswind Assist will be part of the vehicle's range of standard equipment. Customers will be able to order the other assistance systems as individual options or as components of logically assembled packages. This allows every customer to tailor the Sprinter to its specific area of application.
In addition, Mercedes-Benz has improved the Sprinter's handling even further. The lowering of the chassis has improved the van's drag and fuel consumption and makes it easier to load and unload cargo.

World's first van to meet the future Euro VI emissions standard
The new Sprinter 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. The Sprinter achieves the strict limits with the help of its BlueTEC engine and SCR technology that injects AdBlue into the exhaust gas. The technology has already proven its worth in more than 100,000 commercial vehicles from Mercedes-Benz.

The performance of the diesel engines has remained unchanged, encompassing four- and six-cylinder units with outputs ranging from 70 kW (95 hp) to 140 kW (190 hp).
The developers have used the additional exhaust treatment stage to optimize the injection and combustion processes as well as the boost pressure. The results are lower fuel consumption and less combustion noise. The engineers also adjusted the drive system and the ancillary components to enhance fuel efficiency. This applies to the transmission and the rear axle as well as an intelligent generator management system.

As an alternative to the diesel engines, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is also available with a Euro VI compliant supercharged four-cylinder gasoline engine featuring direct injection. The engine generates 115 kW (156 hp) from a total displacement of 1.8 liters. The engine is also available in a natural gas variant with 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 to be found in a van.

Most economical van in its class
The combination of the highly efficient diesel engines, the optimized powertrain, the longer axle ratio, the ancillary components, and the BlueEFFICIENCY PLUS efficiency package has reduced fuel consumption to a minimum of 6.3 l/100 km (NEDC combined), which is a record value for the Sprinter segment. However, the new Sprinter is extremely economical not only as a result of its high fuel efficiency, but also because it comes with the ASSYST maintenance calculation system as standard in Europe. Thanks to this system, the van's maintenance intervals, which were already long, have been extended to up to 60,000 km.

Enhanced exterior and interior
The new Sprinter's appearance has also been substantially enhanced and made more striking. In line with Mercedes-Benz' current design, the van's radiator grille is now more vertical and confident. The grille's three slats are perforated and wedge-shaped. Not only does this change create a more dynamic impression, it also increases the airflow. In addition, a frame surrounds the brand's distinctive radiator grille, making it more prominent.

Another change involves the headlights, which are now more angular. The covers on the reflector housings are particularly striking, dividing the headlights into separate segments. The new hood is higher and the more distinctly shaped bumpers have finely worked lower edges similar to those found on SUVs. The new Sprinter is immediately recognizable from the rear, due to its double-segmented taillights.

The widely acknowledged exemplary interior has also been further enhanced. Comfort has been boosted by the new upholstery and seat coverings, the thicker steering wheel makes gripping easier, and the fresh air nozzles boast chrome applications if the customer opts for a multifunctional steering wheel. The knob of the gearshift lever has been redesigned as well.
The Sprinter is also fitted with a new-generation radio system that equips the van not only with state-of-the-art electronic entertainment features and Bluetooth telephone equipment (including a telephone keypad and phonebook), but also the Becker MAP PILOT navigation system.

Millions of kilometers of testing; orders can be placed beginning in June
The developers of the new Sprinter made sure that the van was thoroughly tested. More than eight million kilometers of endurance testing and extensive customer trials in everyday use had fully demonstrated the new Sprinter's high quality by the time series production was launched.
Customers can order the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter beginning in June 2013; deliveries will commence in September.
 

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Yeah too bad this new so called sprinter won't be making its way over too america. It will only be sold in Europe to compete with the Fiat ducato.
 

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Being a Mercedes does serve up more special features as always. A little too much tech for my liking. I would hate to pay extra for those features but sometimes its good to have for the necessary novice driver.

The following systems are celebrating their world debut in the Sprinter: Crosswind Assist, which is fitted as standard, and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST and Blind Spot Assist, which are both optional. Other new features are Highbeam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. The developers at Mercedes-Benz are convinced that these electronic assistants will play a key role in helping to reduce accidents in the van sector.
 

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Being a Mercedes does serve up more special features as always. A little too much tech for my liking. I would hate to pay extra for those features but sometimes its good to have for the necessary novice driver.

Things like Crosswind Assist, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, Blind Spot Assist, Highbeam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist are all excessive but it's about time this technology is starting to make it's way to commercial vehicles. Definitely not features I can see becoming available on a Dodge branded (non-sprinter) product, at least not any time soon.

Thankfully if you don't want these fancy things, you can get something basic but still very nice like the ProMaster!
 

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Well all those are "optional" features... luckily. Those options would make it too costly and taking out of its focus for what type of vehicle it is. I'm not saying those features are bad but a little too much.
 

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It now looks like the Ford Transit has been delayed until 2015. This means that Mercedes and Ram with have a big head start with the Sprinter and ProMaster scheduled for release later this year.
 

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I don't know if it's the stereotype that Mercedes hold but when I am shopping for a cargo van I just wouldn't want to pay the price for a one. Aren't these only sold in Europe and other countries and not the U.S.
 

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Like the Promaster, the Sprinter has its origins in Europe and was available there only. They then brought the Sprinter to North America with some changes and enhancements.
 

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Like the Promaster, the Sprinter has its origins in Europe and was available there only. They then brought the Sprinter to North America with some changes and enhancements.
What changes and enhancements did they do that was different from the ones in Europe?
 

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The Pro Master has those safety features too.

I am pretty sure parts for the Sprinter are a bit higher than the Transit and Promaster.
 

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Similar feature but not all the same like bind spot assist and so on is not offered on the Promaster i don't thin but it does however has the electric stability control system.

I guess since it is a mercedes than yeah the prices for parts would be more and not to mention the maintenance cost.
 

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The Promaster doesn't have any of the safety features that the Mercedes sprinter does for Mercedes those are optional but no where can I find it listed in the Dodge Promaster. Some features like the crosswind assist and collision prevention assist.
 

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Any photos of the updated Sprinter?

it comes in a supercharged puny 4 cylinder or a diesel only.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will have the option of a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with 161-horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque or a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel with 188-hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.
 
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