The next-generation 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van turns its eye toward the future of delivery and mobility, the company said during the vehicle’s debut in Duisburg, Germany, on Tuesday.
The new van will be available in a massive array of body styles, powertrains, connectivity packages and interior seating options. Advanced features such as a 10.25-inch HD touchscreen and Mercedes Pro connect fleet management services bring new capabilities to the full-size van segment.
“Just offering customers a good vehicle is no longer enough,” said Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “As an all-rounder, the new Sprinter must be more than just the sum of its parts.”
Here are notable facts about the 2019 Sprinter van. Read our detailed analysis of the vehicle here.
- The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van will be sold in North America in the fourth quarter of 2018. Pricing has not been announced.
- Three engines will be available in the U.S. They include two turbocharged diesel engines – a 3.0-liter six-cylinder and a 2.1-liter four-cylinder. Both engines will be mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
- There will also be a gasoline engine option for the first time in a Sprinter van. The gas-powered four-cylinder engine will pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
- An electric powertrain will be available in a new version called the eSprinter. The eSprinter will go on sale in Europe in 2019. It will eventually be sold in the U.S.
- The curb weight of the 2019 Sprinter van was reduced compared with the previous generation in order to increase its maximum payload capacity.
- In the U.S., the 2019 Sprinter comes with a choice of two wheelbases (144-inch and 170-inch) and three body lengths. A front-wheel drive version with its own wheelbase and length is not available in the U.S.
- There are two roof heights, the normal and the high. The super high roof, available in the previous generation, is no longer available in the U.S.
- Mercedes Pro connect is the automaker’s new connectivity hardware. It connects the new Sprinter to the Internet of Things, collecting real-time data so that fleet managers can optimize operations.
- Services provided by Mercedes Pro connect include the Vehicle Management Tool that gives fleet managers a full view of the location, fuel level and maintenance intervals of each van in operation. It can coordinate efficient driving routes, arrange assistance services, analyze individual driver styles, record route histories and more.
- The Mercedes Pro connect system is paired with the MBUX multimedia system that comes in a 7.0-inch or 10.25-inch HD touchscreen. MBUX, which stands for Mercedes-Benz User Experience, has voice activation and can pair with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
- Speed-sensitive electric power steering is standard on all 2019 Sprinters except all-wheel drive models.
- A rearview camera is standard on the 2019 Sprinter. There is also a 360-degree camera that comes with an optional Parking package.
- Available advanced safety features include automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and a system called Attention Assist that monitors the concentration and drowsiness of the driver.
- Another optional system called Distronic uses radar to activate adaptive cruise control, keeping a safe distance between the Sprinter van and the vehicle ahead. If the vehicle in front is braking, Distronic allows the 2019 Sprinter to follow it down to a stop.