The Mercedes Sprinter van is going to be getting a seriously cool looking redesign for 2018. This design sketch, revealed ahead of it’s launch next year, certainly points firmly towards the evolution of the Mercedes-Benz Vision Van EV Concept Van. (See below)
Although the engines for the new launch haven’t been officially announced, It was already confirmed in 2016’s concept launch that electric model variants will be released in 2018. The advantages of electric vans will be a big selling point for those companies who deliver to urban areas in more unsociable hours. The lower emissions will also be a big cost saver for fleet owners who will pay lower road tax for the cleaner vehicles and allow access to low emission zones which will only be increasing in number over the coming years.
According to the head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Volker Mornhinweg back in 2016, the estimated battery configuration would provide 75kW of power (equivalent to around 102hp) and have a range of between 50 and 168 miles “depending on application”.
Although 102hp doesn’t sound like a lot, the system can double its output to 204hp for 60-second bursts.
Mornhinweg also stated that Mercedes will sell a scalable battery configuration depending on the needs of the customer.
The vans will be capable of 75mph but potentially limited to 50mph. Mercedes describe this as “adequate” for its tasks. If this is true, this may limit the use of the vans for inner city couriers and van drivers only clocking up a minimal daily mileage.
Mercedes have confirmed that the van will increase it’s level of driver assistance technology including Adaptive ESP and Crosswind assist, which will brake each wheel independently to prevent the van from rolling. It’s also been hinted that the van will include active cruise control and autonomous emergency braking as well.
The onboard technology is to improve as well with a wi-fi hotspot onboard. It’s thought that telematics software to help fleet management and logistics will be a major priority in the technology of the new range and allow Mercedes-Benz to insure a benchmark for couriers and fleet drivers.
The new front grill of the van will certainly bring the vans in line with the distinctive Mercedes style and bring a more car like front end to the Sprinter.
Since the Sprinter was launched in 1995, it has sold more than 3.3 million vans in over 130 countries. The van set a new sales record when total sales increased to around 96,200 units in the first half of 2017.