Mercedes-Benz 2015 Sprinter 4×4

The 4×4 version of the 2015 Sprinter goes on sale in the United States in the first quarter of calendar year 2015. Both 144-in. and 170-in. wheelbases will be available in both low and high roof configurations, and available body styles for the United States will include the Passenger Van, Crew Van (mixed two-row passenger and cargo application), and Cargo Van (both 8,550 and 11,030 GVWRs). The exclusive powertrain for the 4×4 option will be the more powerful of the two BlueTEC clean diesel powertrains available in the U.S. Sprinter, which is the 3.0L V6 BlueTEC with 188 HP and 325 lb.-ft.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the Sprinter 4×4 will be a commercial van, while not officially considered an off-roader, will certainly be appreciated on construction sites, oil fields and in foul weather. The all-wheel drive system can be activated at the push of a button, for which torque is then distributed at a ratio of 35:65 between the front and rear axle. At this point, the Electronic Traction System (4ETS) takes over, and the tech takes care of the rest for the driver in various conditions. This combination of all-wheel drive technology and active safety is only available in the Sprinter in this segment.

The Sprinter 4×4 can also be equipped with an optional low range gear that makes it even more sure-footed in difficult terrain. When the driver pushes the low-range button, the gearing is shortened by 42%. Tractive power increases accordingly.

Mercedes-Benz also noted that a key focus in developing the Sprinter for the model year 2014 product revision was on a whole range of new assistance systems. New available features that premiered on the Sprinter were Collision Prevention Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Highbeam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. New for model year 2015 is Crosswind Assist, which is a standard feature on 2500 models.

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