By Alyssa Dalton
March 19, 2014 – The Mercedes 2015 Sprinter 4×4 van made its North American debut at NTEA’s Work Truck Show 2014, showing off its 3.0-liter Bluetec V6 diesel powertrain with 188 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.
While the 4×4 is not officially considered an off-roader, the all-wheel drive system can be activated at the push of a button—distributing torque at a ratio of 35:65 between the front and rear axle. The standard load-adaptive ESP that is unique to the Sprinter is always active when all-wheel drive is engaged, says the automaker, noting that an optional low range gear makes the van even more sure-footed in difficult terrain. Both 144-in. and 170-in. wheelbases will be available in low and high roof configurations for passenger, crew and cargo van specifications. New safety features such as Collision Prevention Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Highbeam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist, as well as bi-xenon headlamps, fog lights, a headlamp cleaning system and a heated windshield boast improved driver safety. (Photo from Work Truck Show 2014 by A. Dalton)