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2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van Adds Safety and Fuel Efficiency to Full-Size Van Segment

5/1/2013
After decades of stagnation, competition in the full-size van segment is heating up. Nissan joined the fray with its Titan pickup-based NV series, and for 2014, the Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster are new entries based on commercial vans that are sold all around the world. Mercedes-Benz is responding to this onslaught of fresh competitors with an updated version of its 2014 Sprinter, which offers new styling in combination with cleaner engines, added safety technology, and modifications designed to make the van easier to use.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will continue in Cargo, Crew, Passenger, and Mini Bus models, as well as a Cab/Chassis offering. Its 3.0-liter 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine is modified, however, to emit fewer pollutants thanks to a new AdBlue injection system that cleans the exhaust of nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, and particulates. This new system helps the Sprinter meet strict future European emissions standards.

Additionally, the Sprinter's engine is updated to improve fuel economy and reduce combustion noise, and the transmission is improved to further eke every possible mile out of every gallon of diesel. Mercedes also specifies extended service intervals for the 2014 Sprinter. As a result of these changes, Mercedes says the new Sprinter is "the most economical van in its class."

To reduce aerodynamic drag and further contribute to better fuel economy, Mercedes has restyled the Sprinter's front end and lowered the chassis. The reduced chassis height improves handling, according to Mercedes, and also makes it easier to load and unload cargo and passengers. Inside, the revamped 2014 Sprinter gets new seat upholstery, a thicker steering wheel, revised gearshift knob, and restyled air vents. New audio systems also debut, including standard Bluetooth technology. A navigation system is optional.

Mercedes has also improved the Sprinter's safety technology, adding a standard Crosswind Assist system designed to make the van more stable on windy days. New safety-related options include Collision Prevention Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and a High Beam Assist system.

According to Mercedes, the 2014 Sprinter will be available starting in September of 2013.

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