By Anthony Capkun
December 17, 2015 – The 2015 Sprinter van enters its second model “with a freshened look that is also more economical, safer and environmentally friendly”.
The standard engine is a 4-cyl diesel with 7-speed automatic transmission (with available V6 diesel powertrain). Since 2010, all Sprinters in the U.S. have been powered by BlueTEC diesel engines, which promise to be as clean as a gasoline engine. A diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) injection system reduces nitrogen oxides to nitrogen and water in a downstream catalytic converter.
The 2.1L, 4-cyl standard diesel produces 161 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The optional V6 diesel offers 188 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque (the exclusive engine of the optional 4×4, new for 2015).
A key focus in developing the Sprinter for the model year 2014 product revision was on a range of new assistance systems, says Mercedes, including Collision Prevention Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Highbeam Assist and Lane-Keeping Assist. New for model year 2015 is Crosswind Assist (standard on 2500 models), which helps compensate for the effects of gusts of wind on the vehicle at highway speeds.
Every van features a spacious driver’s cab and comfortable seats with good lateral support and height adjustment for the driver, says the automaker. Instruments are clearly arranged and the buttons, switches and control units are always positioned within reach. The mirror housings are aerodynamically optimized to reduce the build-up of dirt.