Mercedes-Benz Vans has revealed an early design sketch of its 2018 Sprinter at North America’s largest commercial vehicle show in Atlanta. It will arrive in UK showrooms during the first half of next year.
Ignoring the silly wheels, the sketch shows a more chiselled front end and what will likely be combined LED headlight and indicator clusters straddling aside a black grille displaying the Merc three-pointed star.
Technical details are scarce this far ahead but Mercedes has confirmed that aboard this third-generation Sprinter will be a raft of new driver assistance technology such as ‘Adaptive ESP and Crosswind assist’, which independently brakes each wheel to prevent roll-over. There will also be new connectivity services and telematics systems. A wide range of body styles has also been confirmed so it’s safe to expect a twin-cab, panel cab and tourer within the range.
Engine details for the new Sprinter are also amiss but we could expect the current engine line-up of straight four- and V6 six-cylinder CDi turbodiesel units to be carried over.
It’s been 22 years since the introduction of the Sprinter in 1995 and over 3.3 million units have been delivered 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.
Mercedes chose to unveil the new Sprinter at the Atlanta show because it will be manufactured at Mercedes’ new manufacturing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina. To meet UK and EU demand, the new Sprinter will be built at both the Dusseldorf and Ludwigsfelde factories in Germany.