£24,350 MERC SPRINTER SET TO ARRIVE IN JUNE

The all-new Mercedes Sprinter will start at £24,350 before VAT when it goes on sale in the UK from June.

The third generation Sprinter range will feature a front-drive model, and from 2019 an electric version. In addition, internet connectivity will also appear.Weltpremiere Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2018

The front-drive version has a load capacity boosted by half a cubic metre and a loading sill that is 80cm lower than that of the old version. The payload has also been boosted by 50kg over the previous rear-wheel drive only model (the new rear-wheel drive model has a 15kg-greater payload.)

The price remains much the same as the outgoing model, but Mercedes says that the new Sprinter comes with notably more standard technology. Even the base model now comes with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB digital radio, brake and attention assist, auto lights, keyless start and electric power steering.

The Sprinter is also the second model in Mercedes’ range to get the brand’s newest MBUX infotainment system. This system is controlled through a touchscreen that’s either seven inches in diameter or 10.25 inches. The set-up is also controlled by steering wheel-mounted buttons and a new voice control system.

It is this system that enables the driver to control many of the connected systems on the new Sprinter. There are eight packages for now, including ‘Optimised Assistance,’ which aids the planning of maintenance and ‘Efficient Fleet Management’, which allows managers to pinpoint a vehicle’s location and plan journeys and jobs.

Other functions include the ability to open and close the loading bay remotely, by using a mobile phone.

Mercedes has also overhauled its naming policy for the different sizes of Sprinter. Rather than ‘Short’ or ‘Long,’ the lengths and heights will now be referred to as L1 to L4 and H1 to H3.

The engines are perhaps the least advanced element of the new Sprinter, having been carried over from the previous generation. There are 113hp, 140hp, 160hp and 190hp versions on the panel van. The rear-wheel-drive model comes with a seven-speed automatic gearbox as standard, while the new front-wheel drive version gets a new nine-speed auto.

Order books are open now and deliveries start in June.