By Anthony Capkun
May 6, 2013 – The 2014 Sprinter has a new look and is even more economical, safer and environmentally friendly, says Mercedes and will go on sale in Fall 2013.
The 2014 Sprinter features a 2.1-L 4-cyl diesel as standard equipment, producing 161 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque at 1400-2400 rpm; the optional V6 diesel motor offers 188 hp, 325 lb-ft of torque. ‘Intelligent’ generator management ensures the alternator gives priority to charging the battery during braking and coasting. During acceleration and cruising, the full engine output is available to the drive system, while the ECO power steering pump is only activated when power assistance is actually required.
New available features are Blind Spot Assist, Highbeam Assist, Lane-Keeping Assist and Collision Prevention Assist, which is designed to help prevent serious rear-end collisions and includes a proximity warning function, as well as adaptive Brake Assist. Similar to Adaptive ESP, Brake Assist cannot be switched off by the driver. It is continuously active in the background, and is triggered after the dynamic proximity warning when the distance between the Sprinter and the vehicle ahead closes too rapidly and driver initiates panic braking.
In the cockpit, the foam core in the seat is firmer, a wool fleece lining and a new seat cover fabric provide for enhanced breathability. The cover is also harder-wearing and features a new design. The new standard headunit features a 5.8-in. colour display and Bluetooth connectivity with telephone keypad and phone book, an SD card slot, a USB 2.0 interface and an AUX input in the cockpit. When the optional backup camera is installed, the image from this camera is shown on the display.