The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which is also sold as a Freightliner, has long been one of the two leading full-size cargo vans in the United States, trailing only Ford’s Transit in overall sales. The second-generation Sprinter has been on sale since the 2006 model year, and for 2019, the Sprinter gets a full redesign. Here, we’ll give you an overview of some of the highlights of the all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
For starters, the Sprinter wears an all-new front-end design ahead of the B-pillar for 2019. Gone are the bulbous, surprised looking headlights of the former model, replaced by squinty, narrow lights on the new one. The vehicle’s downward-sloping front windows and general proportions stay the same, though. So nobody will have trouble recognizing this thing as a Sprinter. Inside, the Sprinter’s redesign brings it much closer to modern passenger car standards than the outgoing model, with a large center display screen and ample storage space offered throughout the cabin.
Powering the new Sprinter is either a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, very similar to the engine offered in the outgoing model. The diesel makes 190 horsepower and 324 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with a new 7-speed automatic transmission. A new gas-powered 2.0-liter turbo will join the Sprinter lineup in the near future, and will put out 190 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
As with the previous model, two different wheelbases are offered, along with three different overall lengths and two different roof heights, and a dual-rear wheel configuration. Cargo dimensions are identical to those of the outgoing model. Four different body styles are offered: cargo van, passenger van, crew van (which offered two rows of seats and a large cargo area), and chassis cab. Four-wheel drive remains optional. While a front-wheel drive Sprinter is offered in other markets, US models will be rear- or 4WD only.
The new Sprinters get Mercedes’ new infotainment and navigation system, dubbed "The Mercedes-Benz User Experience," which allows for the use of voice controls. Additionally, the Sprinter offers a great, high-resolution rearview camera, and great fleet management software to help fleet managers in business applications.
The new Sprinter comes with a slew of driver-assistance safety features. These include blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, cross-wind assist, driver attention monitoring, emergency front and rear automatic braking, and radar cruise control. The presence of each of these features can help lower insurance rates for businesses.
The new Sprinter will carry a starting price of $39,790 for diesel-equipped models, or a very reasonable $33,790 with the new 2.0 liter gas-powered turbo, which brings the new Sprinter in line with the highly competitive Ford Transit. Depending on configuration, a fully-loaded 2019 Sprinter will ring in at around $70,000.
Not only is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter all-new for 2019, but it’s built right here in the USA at Mercedes’ newly-expanded factory in Charleston, South Carolina. Potential buyers should again note that the Sprinter is also sold as a Freightliner, although the differences between the two vehicles are only superficial. Overall, the new Sprinter is a large improvement on what was already a great commercial van, and offers a variety of new forward-looking features that should help businesses to run smoothly and minimize costs. Find a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter for sale