The new Mercedes Benz Sprinter will have its sale in Europe this September, is a new all-wheel drive with a Torque-on-demand system in the Sprinter 4×4. It will replace the current engageable system. The Mercedes Benz offers its large van icon Sprinter sports a new engine, transmission and all-wheel drive system with a comprehensive technology update.
New 2.0-litre diesel engine
The new Mercedes Benz Sprinter will powered by four-cylinder diesel OM 654 engine, which was earlier available in the Sprinter for the panel van and the chassis with rear-wheel drive, from September onward Mercedes-Benz will be offering the unit as the sole combustion engine for all versions, including the new all-wheel drive variant. Classified according to the exhaust emissions standard Euro VI-E and Euro 6d, the OM 654 can soon be ordered – depending on the drive and body variant selected – in up to four output categories with 84 kW/114 hp, 110 kW/150 hp, 125 kW/170 hp and 140 kW/190 hp.
The four-cylinder unit from the Mercedes-Benz passenger car portfolio boasts further improved noise and vibration comfort than the predecessor. Alongside the smoother running characteristics and greater pulling power, this means it is pleasantly quiet inside the vehicle and annoying noises have been reduced. The combination of aluminium block and steel pistons, the stepped recess combustion process as well as the NANOSLIDE cylinder coating for reduced in-engine friction, together with the dynamic multi-way exhaust gas recirculation and the in-engine exhaust gas aftertreatment, also facilitates lower consumption and low emissions. Due to its near-engine position, the exhaust gas aftertreatment works with little heat loss and in favourable conditions.
9G-TRONIC automatic transmission
As a further carryover from the current passenger car range, Mercedes-Benz is combining the state-of-the-art 2.0-litre diesel in the Sprinter with the comfortable 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. The state-of-the-art power transmission replaces the previous 7G-TRONIC PLUS. Together with the pronounced overdrive characteristics, its nine gears keep the engine speeds low in almost all driving situations, which also means considerable savings in fuel consumption and noticeably reduced vibration and noise. Optimised hydraulic elements also enable fast, barely perceptible gear shifts with virtually no interruption of tractive power. ‘Drive Select’ and shift paddles on the steering wheel allow the driver to intervene manually in the current gearshift profile. A further plus point: in spite of two additional gears, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission requires as little installation space as its predecessor the 7G-TRONIC PLUS. The 6-speed manual transmission remains unchanged in the range.
As previously, the Sprinter can be ordered not only with front- and rear-wheel drive in its closed and open model designations. It can also be ordered with all-wheel drive – as of September with a completely new system, also partially derived from the current Mercedes-Benz Cars modular system. Unlike the engageable predecessor system, which fed 35 percent of the torque to the front and 65 percent to the rear axle in 4×4 mode, this can distribute the drive torques fully variably between the front and rear axle depending on the situation and without any input from the driver (Torque-on-demand). Fully variable torque distribution is ensured by an electronically controlled multiplate clutch integrated into the transfer case. If the multiplate clutch is disengaged in normal driving operation, the rear axle drives the vehicle entirely. With the clutch engaged, the front axle comes into play. This ensures high traction and effortless handling. A further advantage over the previous engageable all-wheel drive: in addition to the higher comfort through the automatic torque distribution the new system works much more quietly.
As soon as the driving situation calls for it, the drive torque is fed to the front axle. If this is no longer needed – for instance in powerful braking manoeuvres with ABS intervention – the front drivetrain is switched off and the torque is reduced to zero. If there is a risk of understeering or oversteering under load, the torque is first distributed so that the vehicle is stabilised again. Only if these measures do not help to defuse the situation do the control systems ESP or 4ETS adapted to the 4×4 system intervene. The new Mercedes Benz Sprinter 4×4 will soon be available as standard in combination with the 140 kW/190 hp engine OM 654 and 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and that up to a weight class of 5.5 tonnes GVW.
Speed Delivery Door
In addition to the gains in driving comfort, the new Mercedes Benz Sprinter will also offer a further plus in ergonomics and safety from this month onward thanks to the innovative ‘Speed Delivery Door’ sliding door system which will be available ex factory. This is an automatic, sensor-controlled double swivelling door on the co-driver’s side, which replaces the side sliding door to the load compartment on request.
A light barrier detects the driver as soon as they enter the load compartment from the driver’s seat. The Speed Delivery Door is then automatically unlocked and opened. This saves time and relieves the burden on drivers, as they can leave the vehicle with the parcels in their hands without having to touch anything else and the door automatically closes behind them. It is not necessary to put down the goods and pick them up again, as is the case with conventional sliding doors. Automatic locking will be available to order as an extra option.
The Speed Delivery Door is transparent from the interior. Drivers therefore have a view of the pavement before they climb out. The risk of collision with passers-by, in particular cyclists, is significantly reduced.