The Mercedes-Benz engineered Sprinter class of diesel-powered vans has revolutionized the commercial vehicle industry. Aftermarket fitters are using the Mercedes-Benz chassis to build everything from custom delivery vans to luxury Class B and B+ motorhomes. Key features of the chassis class are its design features that allow for a wide range of commercial adaptability and the fuel economy of the available diesel engines. Those interested in a mid-size passenger or cargo van made by Mercedes-Benz should consider the small Metris and its gasoline-powered engine.
Mercedes-Benz is the only company to make a cargo van for work that is available in four-wheel drive. The 4×4 Sprinter can help ensure deliveries get made and work in the field continues even when the roads are covered in snow or the work sites are at the end of a poorly maintained dirt road. The Mercedes-Benz V6 turbo diesel engine gives the power, and the van is capable of fording water up to 61 centimetres (24 inches) deep.
High-Profile Vehicle Stability
Large vans are great for carrying lots of cargo, but the surface area of their sidewalls can act like sails in high winds. One of the chief complaints of drivers of high-profile vehicles is how easy it is for a gust of wind to force their cargo vans off the road or into an adjacent lane. Mercedes-Benz has largely corrected this problem with its safety crosswind assist feature. When speeds reach 81 kph (50 mph), the brakes are automatically controlled by a computer algorithm to assist the driver in keeping the vehicle stable and on the intended course.
The Value of Standing Height Inside Commercial Vans
Old cargo vans for work often meant the operator had to work in the rear of the vehicle stooped over or risk bumping his head. Sprinter class commercial vehicles have up to just over a 2.13 metre (7 foot) interior standing height. Models are available from the Worker class van with up to 169 centimetres (66.5 inches) interior height to the Cargo model with 198 centimetres (77.8 inches) standing room. Higher roofs also make carrying tall cargo easier. Single rear wheel cargo vans for work made by Mercedes-Benz are wide enough and tall enough inside to fit standard delivery pallets.
The Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC Engines
Diesel is the fuel of choice for commercial work vehicles. Mercedes-Benz offers work vans that provide up to 20,000 miles of use between standard maintenance schedules. Both the 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder BlueTEC engines offer great diesel power and fuel economy. Commercial operators know that it is the torque that moves the load. The 4-cylinder engine has 265 lb-ft of torque whereas the 6-cylinder puts out 325 lb-ft of turbocharged torque. With fuel and maintenance being the two biggest ongoing expenses for a commercial fleet, Mercedes-Benz is taking the lead in keeping the commercial industry moving at a lower daily operational cost.
Chassis versatility varies from open cab designs that can be fitted with aftermarket commercial boxes or custom recreational vehicle living spaces to variable roof heights and interior sizes for van designs. Sprinters offer single and dual rear wheel designs for maximum interior width or maximum load carrying capacity. Four-wheel drive models keep products and services moving on roads that other cargo vans for work could not navigate, all with an interior that includes creature comforts and a pleasant ride similar to that of a Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan.