The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is an iconic people mover, cargo hauler, and general utility vehicle, capable of an incredibly diverse range of duties and functions. For the 2015 model year, the U.S.-market gets a new feature: 4×4 drive with low-range function.
Paired exclusively with the 3.0-liter V-6 BlueTEC diesel engine, which generates 188 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, the new 4×4 option for the Sprinter increases its all-weather and all-terrain capability. The body is lifted by 4.3 inches in the front and 3.1 inches in the rear on 4×4 models as well, increasing ground clearance to afford 20 percent high slope-climbing ability. Activation of the 4×4 system requires a simple button push, which also activates the 4ETS electronic traction system with load-adaptive ESP to help improve its tractive ability. The low-range gear is an optional add-on that further enhances rough terrain and steep slope ability.
Aside from the new 4×4 options, the 2015 Sprinter carries forward the same equipment, features, and styling as the 2014 model. This includes the visual updates made last year, such as the new front bumper, higher hood, and revised tail lights. Upgrades to available safety technology also carry forward, including Collision Prevention Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Highbeam Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist. Brake Assist Pro and Adaptive Brake Assist further improve accident avoidance ability.
For non-4×4 models, a second diesel engine option is available, a 2.1-liter four-cylinder rated at 161 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Four-cylinder models come standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Despite its size and utilitarian roots, the Sprinter can be a surprisingly easy vehicle to drive, navigation sharp corners and offering good visibility thanks to intelligent design and layout. Likewise, it can be quite comfortable, both up front, where improved seat cushions enhance all-day comfort, and in the rear, especially when outfitted with some of the more luxurious configurations available from the Preferred Upfitter program.
the Sprinter can be a surprisingly easy vehicle to drive, navigation sharp corners and offering good visibility thanks to intelligent design and layout.
Standard features on the versatile Sprinter van include a 5.8-inch color display, Bluetooth connectivity, SD media input, a USB 2.0 connection, and auxiliary input. A backup camera is available as an option, as is Parktronic parking assist. Navigation is also optional, provided by the Becker MAP PILOT system.
Unlike many vehicles on the market, the Sprinter is available in both standard form and in highly customizable.