The luxury vehicle and fleet manufacturer said the Sprinter created the large vans segment and has continued to develop this segment by regularly adding new innovations to it.
“In the logistics and transport world of the future, variability and the availability of customer-specific solutions are the essential success factor. Just offering customers a good vehicle is no longer enough. As an all-rounder, the new Sprinter must be more than just the sum of its parts,” said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
“With an unprecedented number of variants, new connectivity services and a new telematics generation, it is a tailor-made end-to-end system meeting an enormous range of commercial transport and mobility requirements.”
According to Mornhinweg, Mercedes has loaded the Sprinter up with tech features aimed at both individual and fleet buyers. Multiple telematics services bundled under the Mercedes Pro label allow fleet managers to monitor the locations, fuel levels, and maintenance records of multiple vehicles, as well as give drivers assignments.
The Sprinter also boasts many of the tech features one would normally expect to find in a passenger car. The new MBUX infotainment system can be paired with 7-inch or 10.25-inch touchscreens, and features AppleCarPlay and Android Auto. A voice-recognition system understands casual speech. For example, saying “the fuel tank is empty” prompts the system to find nearby gas stations. Touchpads on the steering wheel control infotainment functions.
Driver-assist tech has also reached passenger-car levels. The Sprinter can be equipped with adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, crosswind assist, a driver attention monitor, and 360-degree camera system. It also gets Mercedes’ “Wet Wiper” system, which sprays washer fluid directly onto the wiper blades, rather than the windshield, to improve visibility.
“It redefines the van segment. This makes it the ultimate in smart hardware, and it will raise its segment, the business of our customers and our own business to the next level,” concluded Mornhinweg.