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      Today is a big day for Mercedes as it’s about to take the wraps off the X-Class pickup truck. Here we have a vastly different workhorse, the all-new Sprinter. Covering the tall body in all that camouflage might seem overkill, but that’s how it has always been – all prototypes undergoing testing are wearing disguise to hide the design.

      In this case, it seems the 2018 Sprinter will adopt a more rounded front fascia likely in the same vein as the Vision Van concept unveiled last year with a smoother body. Aside from getting a visual makeover, the new van will be vastly different than the current model from a technical point of view. Why? Because Mercedes is doing all the development work rather than teaming up once again with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, which revealed its latest Crafter about a year ago. The same can’t be said about the aforementioned X-Class as it will be based on the Nissan Navara / Renault Alaskan platform.

      One another big change compared to the model it will replace is represented by the implementation of an electric powertrain akin to the Vision Van. While it’s too early to talk about specifications, we should remind you the concept boasted a maximum range of 168 miles (270 kilometers) in its top-of-the-range version whereas the entry-level model had enough juice for 50 miles (80 km). The combustion engines will likely be carried over from the current Sprinter, though Mercedes might upgrade them a little bit with extra power and/or improved efficiency.

      Although images of the cabin are not available in this set, the latest trend in the automotive world is to make commercial vehicles more car-like on the inside, so expect the 2018 Sprinter to have more tech onboard along with a jump in the quality of the materials. While previous spy shots have shown the Sprinter with a pickup bed, this prototype was built to carry people – lots of them.

      Mercedes hasn’t said a word about the reveal date, but it will likely take place in the first half of 2018. To get ready for the Sprinter’s arrival, Mercedes-Benz Vans is investing €450 million ($519M) to upgrade the German factories in Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde. The next generation will also come to life in United States at a new plant located in Charleston, South Carolina.
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      Mercedes-Benz Vans: milestone in key technology: Mercedes-Benz Düsseldorf plant to become competence centre for Sprinter with electric drive

      Stuttgart/Düsseldorf – The Mercedes-Benz plant in Düsseldorf is making intensive preparations for the market launch of the next-generation of the Sprinter. The company management and the works council have now agreed that the electric-drive Sprinter will also roll off the production line in Düsseldorf, the lead Sprinter plant worldwide. This forward-looking decision will boost the competitiveness of the location and secure employment.

      "Our Düsseldorf Sprinter plant is an outstanding success story. Well over four million vans manufactured in 55 years, a pivotal role as the lead plant for the worldwide Sprinter production, cutting-edge facilities and processes and benchmark quality – the facts speak for themselves," states Frank Klein, Head of Operations at Mercedes-Benz Vans. "We are now beginning a new chapter in the Düsseldorf Sprinter story. Electric drive systems are a key technology when it comes to urban transport – especially in the commercial environment. Our far-sighted agreement that the new electric-drive Sprinter will roll of the production line here is a hugely significant one. We are ensuring the long-term prospects of our Sprinter plant and helping to make it futureproof."

      Dr Armin Willy, Site and Production Manager at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Düsseldorf, adds: "I am delighted that, together with the works council, we have reached this forward-looking agreement to produce the electric Sprinter in Düsseldorf. As the lead Sprinter plant, we have proven our flexibility and technical expertise again and again over the years. Now we are taking another step towards future mobility and expanding our diversity when it comes to drive systems too. We in Düsseldorf are to become the competence centre for the Sprinter with electric drive."

      Helmut Stengel, Chair of the Works Council at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Düsseldorf: "For the works council and the workforce at the Düsseldorf site it is important that the electric Sprinter is integrated into the production alongside the conventional vehicles. The agreement is a decisive milestone in the ongoing development of our site thanks to new technologies, and sets our Sprinter plant on course for a successful future.

      Significant investment in electrification and in the Düsseldorf plant

      Over the next few years Mercedes-Benz Vans will be investing a total of around 150 million euros in electrifying its commercial range, based on the Vito and the Sprinter. The business unit can make use of existing modular construction technologies deployed by Mercedes-Benz Cars and benefit from economies of scale.

      At the Düsseldorf plant around 300 million euros are being invested in the production of the next-generation Sprinter. The relevant employees are undergoing training to prepare for work on the electric Sprinter and other technological developments. The company and the works council have also agreed to carry out measures to increase flexible working and boost efficiency.

      Hermes Germany – first major commercial customer for electric models confirmed

      The first major commercial customer for electric vans from Mercedes-Benz has already been confirmed: as Mercedes-Benz Vans and trading and logistics provider Hermes announced a few weeks ago, Hermes Germany will, as part of a strategic partnership, be deploying 1500 Mercedes-Benz electric vans for its parcel deliveries in the coming years – including vehicles from the Sprinter model series.

      Mercedes-Benz Sprinter "made in Düsseldorf" since 1995

      At the beginning of the 1960s, the company, at that time Daimler-Benz AG, took over the Düsseldorf plant from Auto Union. The manufacture of Mercedes-Benz vans began in Düsseldorf on 1 April 1962.

      The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been produced in Düsseldorf since 1995. Shortly after its launch, annual production broke the 100,000-van barrier for the first time, with record after record being broken ever since. In 2015, the Sprinter celebrated its 20th birthday in Düsseldorf and also by far the most successful year in its history. In 2016 the large van followed on seamlessly from this record level with a total of around 193,400 units sold worldwide.

      The Sprinter established the eponymous large-van segment and has dominated it ever since. It is available in over 130 countries and has now sold well over three million units, making the Sprinter one of the most successful commercial vehicles of all time and a best-seller in the Daimler product portfolio.

      Preparations for the next-generation Sprinter

      The Düsseldorf plant is currently making intensive preparations for the start of production of the next-generation Sprinter. Substantial restructuring and modernisation is already underway. Mercedes-Benz Vans manufactures the Sprinter at a total of six plants around the entire globe. As the only manufacturer in the large-van segment, the business unit will continue to produce the next generation in Germany.

















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    3. 07-20-2017 07:49 AM #2
      Looks like a beautiful van!

      Can't say i've ever come across a camo car before - so odd to look at

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      07-20-2017 08:57 AM #3
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      Can't say i've ever come across a camo car before - so odd to look at
      They're a lot of fun to see in person.
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      07-20-2017 03:31 PM #4
      Can't wait for this release. I own currently own a 2015 4x4 but want the new one to be a bit more refined like the truck market in higher trims.

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      09-25-2017 09:51 AM #5


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      Sketch gives a preview of the future design idiom: Mercedes-Benz Vans reveals first details of the new Sprinter
      • Market launch for the new edition of the best-selling large van in the first half of 2018
      • Design: distinctive and athletic front
      • Focus on versatility: full-spectrum mobility solutions for different sectors
      • Leap forward into the digital world: next Sprinter generation embodies the future initiative adVANce

      Atlanta/Stuttgart – Outlook on the van sector of the future in the run-up to the first North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV): As part of North America's largest commercial vehicle show in Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Vans is unveiling the first details of the new Sprinter. The design sketch indicates that the most important market launch in the van sector in 2018 will also set new standards in terms of appearance.

      With its new look, the Sprinter once again shifts the boundaries of its segment. The vehicle presents itself consistently in the acclaimed design language of Mercedes-Benz and embodies the opposites of this philosophy: emotion and intelligence. The front of the Sprinter presents itself with horizontal and clearly drawn headlights in a distinctive and athletic manner.

      The outstanding new features include the comprehensive introduction of driving assistance systems and connectivity services in combination with new telematics, which will bring a leap forward in efficiency for vehicle and fleet management. Moreover, the new Sprinter can be even more precisely adapted to individual transport and sector requirements thanks to a considerably extended range of variants. With this combination, the new Sprinter is a unique proposition as an overall system solution in the van market.

      The market launch will commence in Europe in the first half of 2018, with the other markets to follow. Further details of the vehicle will be announced in the coming months.

      Modern mobility solutions meet classical Sprinter attributes

      "We want to do more than just build the best vehicles. We want to offer the most suitable mobility solution for every sector and for every transport assignment. And that is precisely our focus with the upcoming Sprinter generation as an overall system solution. It also goes without saying that the new edition of our iconic van possesses the classical attributes of reliability, safety and cost-effectiveness," Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said at the NACV show.

      The show offers the perfect setting for revealing the first details of the new Sprinter. The USA is one of the world's fastest-growing van markets. After Germany, it is now the second-largest individual sales market for the large van. With the new Sprinter plant in North Charleston, which is currently under construction, the Business Unit will in future be able to meet the demand from North American customers even more economically with vehicles "made in the USA", and significantly reduce delivery times in this market. The Sprinter vans for the US market have so far been produced in Germany. However, because of high import tariffs, they have been partially dismantled in a time-consuming process and reassembled at the North Charleston plant. As the only manufacturer in the large van segment to do so, Mercedes-Benz Vans will continue producing the next-generation Sprinter at its German production sites Dusseldorf and Ludwigsfelde.

      Precursor to the future initiative adVANce

      For Mercedes-Benz Vans, the introduction of the new Sprinter is more than the presentation of a new model. The Sprinter fully reflects the future initiative adVANce, which was presented in autumn 2016. It aims at megatrends such as digitalization and urbanisation. The accompanying realignment of the company is driving forward the transformation from purely a vehicle manufacturer to a provider of complex, comprehensive mobility solutions. The first new model to represent this further development is the new Sprinter.

      The van that gave its name to a whole vehicle class

      The van that founded a whole segment has been the flagship model of Mercedes-Benz Vans since the launch of the first Sprinter in 1995. With a total of more than 3.3 million units delivered to over 130 countries, the Sprinter is one of the most successful commercial vehicles ever, and the best-seller in the product portfolio of Mercedes-Benz Vans. With a growth rate of around ten percent from January to March 2017 compared to the same period last year, the Sprinter achieved the most successful first quarter performance in its more than 20-year history. Likewise, in the first half of 2017 the Sprinter was able to break a new record: In total, sales increased to about 96,200 units (previous year 95,100).

      The Daimler presentation at the NACV show not only gives a pretaste of the third Sprinter generation, but is also dedicated to further technological advances in the light and heavy commercial vehicle sectors. With its brands Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, FUSO and Western Star, Daimler has a market share of over 40 percent and is the undisputed No. 1 in the US commercial vehicle market.
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      09-25-2017 11:48 AM #6
      New van for the Eastern European hit squads.

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      New van for the Eastern European hit squads.
      If you want that Transporter airport shuttle bus vibe, go for it. I trust it comes with a built in passenger announcement system.
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      11-20-2017 10:07 AM #8
      In the press release for the new eVito, Mercedes confirms that an EV Sprinter is coming in 2019
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    12. 12-04-2017 10:26 AM #11
      The van will premiere in full in February 2018. The electric version will arrive in 2019.

      Folks making deliveries in the next-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will find themselves in quite a nice place to work, according to the automaker’s newly released photos. The upcoming van will feature an interior that will take cues from Mercedes’ premium models, including metallic trim, a wide infotainment display and digital screen in the instrument panel.

      Mercedes’ shots reveal quite a modern cabin for the Sprinter. A three-spoke multifunction steering wheel looks sporty. Drivers look at a pair of analog gauges with a portrait-oriented digital screen between them. Two aircraft-inspired vents add style to the center stack, and the infotainment screen sits in the center. Lower down, the HVAC system has its own control panel. Large storage areas let drivers carry any extra supplies, and there are USB ports for keeping devices charged.

      Mercedes doesn’t show off the new Sprinter’s exterior yet, but spy shots provide a good idea of what to expect. A big grille and sharp-edged headlights dominate the front end. The windshield also has a steeper rake to make the van more aerodynamic. The company will offer a variety of wheelbase lengths and roof heights to fit clients’ needs.

      A van needs to be ready to work, and Mercedes makes that possible my giving the Sprinter a major technological upgrade. The company’s new Pro Connect Services allows for simpler communication between fleet managers and drivers by connecting the vehicle to the Internet for monitoring things like its location and fuel level in nearly real time.

      Mercedes will debut the new Sprinter in February 2018 and production will start in the spring. The company will also expand the van’s powertrain lineup by launching the electric eSprinter in 2019.
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      That looks great. I'm eager to see the higher-spec interiors.
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      12-04-2017 11:13 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Ryukein View Post
      That looks great. I'm eager to see the higher-spec interiors.
      It'll be so disappointing if they still don't have their rust issues in check. What good is a van like this with LED headlights and whatever else if it has rust spots all over the body..
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      It'll be so disappointing if they still don't have their rust issues in check. What good is a van like this with LED headlights and whatever else if it has rust spots all over the body..
      Does the current-gen Sprinter have the rust issues? I thought it was just the first-gen models that did.
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      12-04-2017 01:32 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Ryukein View Post
      That looks great. I'm eager to see the higher-spec interiors.
      Z-Class?

      There are only 2 letters left after V: either Y or Z... X is already used by the pickup truck and Mercedes probably won't use W because it is in their model code.

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      12-04-2017 01:58 PM #16
      Great to hear that a fully electric version will be made too.

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      12-04-2017 02:14 PM #17
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      Z-Class?

      There are only 2 letters left after V: either Y or Z... X is already used by the pickup truck and Mercedes probably won't use W because it is in their model code.
      Actually, I guess what they've shown probably IS the high-spec version. I forgot that they don't really make a "nice" Sprinter.
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      12-04-2017 04:03 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Ryukein View Post
      Actually, I guess what they've shown probably IS the high-spec version. I forgot that they don't really make a "nice" Sprinter.
      I'm actually quite surprised that Mercedes have not contemplated a Z-Class given how much success they've had with V-Class.

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      12-04-2017 05:45 PM #19
      The big question will be will the new Sprinter be made of something that can resist at least one Midwest winter without turning into rusty swiss cheese?
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      12-04-2017 07:31 PM #20
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      That is a damn fine looking van. The nose reminds me of the Kia Sedona, in a good way. Looking forward to getting details on the electric version.
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    22. 12-22-2017 12:56 PM #21
      Debut is scheduled for February next year.

      We are several weeks away from the debut of the next generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, but the German automaker is still performing some final tests before the premiere. Seen in the attached video below are a couple of camouflaged prototypes, filmed somewhere in Germany with production lights.

      This is not the first spy video with the vehicle, so we pretty much know the overall shape of the new Sprinter. A teaser image released in September this year hinted at a highly revised front end with sleeker headlights and a more prominent radiator grille. Now, we can also take a look at the production taillights featuring new graphics.

      We’ve also seen the interior in first official photos, revealing a completely overhauled cabin. New are the three-spoke steering wheel, the larger screen for the infotainment system, and the climate control buttons.

      The new Sprinter will be launched in February next year in a number of wheelbase lengths and roof heights to fit clients’ needs. European sales will start in the first half of 2018 and other markets will follow shortly.

      Mercedes will be moving the North American production of its commercial vehicle from Germany to a new factory in North Charleston that’s currently under construction. The current generation of the model is still assembled in Germany, partially dismantled and reassembled at the North Charleston plant due to high import tariffs. Naturally, the new Sprinter will continue to be assembled at the Ludwigsfelde and Dusseldorf facilities in for the European market.

      The new generation of the model will also become the first in its history to lose its internal combustion engine. A fully electric eSprinter is expected in 2019 with production planned to take place in Dusseldorf. The automaker is already working on a major deal with Hermes for more than 1,500 examples of the electric van.
      https://www.motor1.com/news/225283/m...ter-spy-video/


    23. 12-22-2017 05:58 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Ryukein View Post
      Does the current-gen Sprinter have the rust issues? I thought it was just the first-gen models that did.
      Ohhh yes. There are plenty of rusty second-generation Sprinters in this area. That this has been an issue for so long and hasn't been fixed, is one of the reasons that I didn't seriously consider the Sprinter when I was in the market for the van.

      And on another interesting matter ... In the video posted above, at 0.26, and again after 0.31 as the vehicle drives away, I clearly spy a "dead" beam axle underneath. Will the next Sprinter have front-wheel-drive variations?

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      12-22-2017 07:26 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by GoFaster View Post
      Ohhh yes. There are plenty of rusty second-generation Sprinters in this area. That this has been an issue for so long and hasn't been fixed, is one of the reasons that I didn't seriously consider the Sprinter when I was in the market for the van.

      And on another interesting matter ... In the video posted above, at 0.26, and again after 0.31 as the vehicle drives away, I clearly spy a "dead" beam axle underneath. Will the next Sprinter have front-wheel-drive variations?
      Per this article, FWD will be available:

      https://www.trucks.com/2017/12/04/me...-sprinter-van/

      "Globally, the new van will have options for front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. It will be offered as a regular cab or crew cab, as a bus or panel van."

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      12-22-2017 08:12 PM #24
      Offering the Sprinter in FWD is kind of useless if you don't restructure the load floor to be like the Ducato/ProMaster and use all that empty space underneath where the driveshaft used to be.
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      12-26-2017 02:08 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Sledge View Post
      Offering the Sprinter in FWD is kind of useless if you don't restructure the load floor to be like the Ducato/ProMaster and use all that empty space underneath where the driveshaft used to be.
      I think that's the whole point. They want to offer a transverse engine low floor version like Ducato and FWD Transit.

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