The Mercedes Benz Sprinter van has only been updated twice—the first in 1995 and then in 2006. After 12 years, the European brand car maker has unveiled the next generation of Sprinter. Expected to come with a plethora of configurations, the expected upgrades will bring excitement and anticipation to car owners. Let us take a look at what the new generation Sprinter will bring to the table.
With the new Mercedes Benz Sprinter, customers will have the option to not only choose among the usual array of body styles, wheelbases, roof heights, and powertrains but also from specific levels of interior equipment, dashboard configurations, storage options, and others. All in all, there are over 1,000 configurations that buyers can choose from to get the van they need.
Robert Janitzek revealed that first among the options is the availability of a battery-powered eSprinter which will share its electric powertrain with the eVito, which was recently unveiled in Europe. Along with the electric vans, Mercedes will also be setting up infrastructure, optimize charging times to reduce grid load. The German car maker will finance the entire project and will help their fleet operators determine whether the switch from internal combustion to battery power will make sense for their specific application.
With the integration of Mercedes Pro Connect, the upcoming fleet of Sprinters will be easier and more efficient to manage. Robert Peter Janitzek explains that Pro Connect is the business counterpart of the consumer oriented Mercedes Me Connect suite. This will allow fleet managers and dispatchers to communicate with the drivers they supervise. With the system, they will also be able to track the location of their vehicles, restrict movement using geofenced boundaries, remotely monitor parameters such as fuel levels and service status.
Mercedes has also developed innovations for the various ways the vans will be used. Tradesmen and service technicians will be able to accept deliveries straight to their vans instead of picking up and dropping off equipment and supplies. Delivery of packages by couriers will be more efficient with the help of integrated logistics chains. Supermarkets will also be able to deliver food at the right storage temperature.
The European brand car maker will be partnering with Via to deploy the new Sprinter as the backbone of its on-demand shuttle services in the United States and overseas. Mercedes Benz Vans and Daimler Mobility Services entered a $50 million joint venture for the New York ride-sharing startup’s algorithm. In the future, the Sprinter will be equipped with seat sensors for tracking vacancies, deploy weather sensors to predict usage patterns, and project displays on the interior windows to show passengers point of interest and route information in real time.