Mercedes-Benz has introduced its new Sprinter van on the Irish market.
Equipped with a number of standard and optional safety features that Mercedes-Benz claims are appearing in this category of vehicle for the first time, it is now available in dealer showrooms,
Making its world premiere in any commercial vehicle and available as standard is crosswind assist. This important new safety element kicks in automatically to help keep the van on course in strong gusting winds.
Other standard features include a number of cabin enhancements and a new generation radio system with state-of-the-art electronic entertainment features and Bluetooth.
Two other ‘world first’ safety elements making their debut in the new Sprinter and available as optional extras are: collision prevention assist, which sounds an alert if the van comes too close to moving traffic ahead, and blind spot assist, which alerts the driver to the presence of other vehicles when changing lane.
Also new are lane keeping assist, which warns the driver if the vehicle drifts off course, and high beam assist, which provides optimal illumination of the road ahead.
Externally, the Sprinter has been given a new, even more powerful front end appearance, set off by a new, more prominent radiator grille and angular headlights. Redesigned tail lights give it an even cleaner rear end look.
Billed as the first van to meet future Euro VI emissions standards, the performance of its diesel engines remains unchanged with four and six-cylinder units delivering outputs from 95 to 190bhp. Transmission is delivered by an Eco-gear six-speed manual or G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission with lock-up clutch – another world first for vans.
Fuel consumption figures of 6.3-litres per 100km and an extended maintenance interval of up to 60,000km complete the picture.