The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has earned the right to give its name to an entire vehicle class thanks to a host of outstanding characteristics:
the range of variants, safe and comfortable chassis, spacious and well-equipped cab and the powerful and efficient drive system all set standards while delivering maximum functionality and safety. In the shape of the new Sprinter LGT, Mercedes-Benz is adding a further variant of drive system to the range. The LPG drive system – a BlueEFFICIENCY technology – will quickly pay for itself given appropriate operating conditions due to the comparatively low cost of liquefied petroleum gas.
The gas tank on the Sprinter LGT is mounted at the tail end under the load compartment floor and holds 76 litres of liquefied petroleum gas. This volume gives the vehicle a range of some 500 km. Because the vehicle has a bi-fuel drive system, it can also carry 100 litres of petrol to increase its range. Like the Sprinter NGT, the engine on the Sprinter LGT generates 115 kW (156 hp) with maximum torque of 240 Nm. The van complies with the Euro 5 emissions standard. The Sprinter LGT is available in numerous versions: panel van, crewbus, chassis with cab, crew cab – all with either a 3665 or 4325 mm wheelbase. The gross vehicle weight is 3.5 t.
At the same time, Mercedes-Benz is extending the number of variants of the Sprinter NGT with its natural gas drive across the board. New additions are the Sprinter NGT in a crew (double) cab version and the Sprinter NGT crewbus featuring a mono-fuel natural gas drive system. The Sprinter NGT is now also available as a panel van with a gross vehicle weight of 3.88 t, as well as chassis of 3.5 and 4.25 t. All mono-fuel Sprinter NGT vehicles meet the strictest voluntary EEV emissions standard.
ECO start/stop function now even more effective
The updated version of the ECO start/stop function boosts the potential of four-cylinder diesel engines (which are already highly economical) even further. The package of measures under the BlueEFFICIENCY label now extends to tyres whose rolling resistance has been optimised. A stabilised battery charge prevents the radio, tachograph and navigation system from temporarily going off when starting the vehicle. In urban stop-and-go traffic, the ECO start/stop function saves up to 8% on fuel. To maximise potential savings, this function is now activated automatically on starting the engine.
A new optional extra on the Sprinter has been specially designed with fleets in mind: the FleetBoard telematics system, previously obtainable for retrofitting, is now available ex factory. FleetBoard has been demonstrated to significantly optimise commercial vehicle economy and has proven invaluable for numerous fleets of heavy duty vehicles across Europe. Training facilitates successful use of FleetBoard.
Going into the new model year, all Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans have a revised cockpit with new control buttons enhancing the interior of the Sprinter further.
Source: Daimler AG / Pictures: MB Passion