Mercedes teases details of third-gen Sprinter

Date: Monday, September 25, 2017   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Mercedes-Benz Vans has shown a sketch of its forthcoming Sprinter large van.

Due to be launched in the first half of next year, Mercedes claimed the new model will “set new standards in terms of appearance” with the new version following the design language of other Mercedes models.

Details are thin on the ground at the moment – further information will be provided closer to the model’s launch date – but the German brand added the next-gen Sprinter will see a “comprehensive introduction” of driving assistance systems and connectivity services.

A new generation of telematics unit will also be present, which Mercedes said “will bring a leap forward in efficiency for vehicle and fleet management”, while the brand added the number of variants on offer will be “considerably extended”.

"We want to do more than just build the best vehicles. We want to offer the most suitable mobility solution for every sector and for every transport assignment,” said Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “And that is precisely our focus with the upcoming Sprinter generation as an overall system solution. It also goes without saying that the new edition of our iconic van possesses the classical attributes of reliability, safety and cost-effectiveness.”

The first details were revealed at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) in Atlanta, as Mercedes said the USA is the second largest market for Sprinters after Germany. It described America as “one of the world’s fastest-growing van markets”.

As a result, Mercedes announced it will build a dedicated Sprinter factory in North Charleston in order to further meet demand while having a ‘made in USA’ badge.

At present, America-bound Sprinters have been built in Germany, partially disassembled in order to avoid high import duties and then rebuilt in America.

At the show, Mercedes also claimed it is the “undisputed No.1 in the US commercial vehicle market” with a market share of more than 40%.

 

 



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