The van will be revealed in February 2018 with an electric version following in 2019.
White van men with a bit of cash to spare are going to find themselves with quite a nice place to work in once the next-generation of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been launched – at least according to the German manufacturer's newly released photos. The upcoming van will feature an interior that takes cues from the company's consumer models, including metallic trim, a large infotainment display and digital display between the dials on the instrument panel.
The official pictures of the interior from Mercedes reveal quite a modern cabin for the Sprinter. A three-spoke multifunction steering wheel adds a sporting touch for the race away from the traffic lights. Drivers look at a pair of analogue dials with a portrait-oriented digital screen between them. Two aircraft-inspired vents add style to the central portion of the dashboard and the infotainment screen sits above them.
Lower down, the heating and ventilation system has its own control panel. Large storage areas allow space for drivers to carry any extra supplies and there are USB ports for keeping devices charged.
Mercedes hasn't revealed any pictures of the Sprinter's exterior just yet, but we've got recent spy shots that give a good idea of what to expect from the new load-lugger. A big grille and sharp-edged headlights dominate the front end. The windscreen 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 is going to try and make that possible by giving the Sprinter a major tech 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 the van's location and fuel level in (almost) 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.