2023 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter sprints on stage with new engine and AWD option

Entering its fourth year of this third generation, the 2023 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will lose its available V-6 diesel engine while gaining full-time all-wheel drive and retaining the versatility that has long made it famous. While the US won’t see the updated pickup until “early next year (2023)”, all, regardless of engine specified, will use a new 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission.

No more V-6 turbodiesel

Prior to its 2023 version, the Sprinter could be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 gasoline engine, a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, and a 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4. The V-6 diesel was dropped and a new I-4 turbodiesel was installed, known as OM654. This new I-4 turbodiesel will be available in two power ratings – 168 hp and 208 hp – while offering “smoother acceleration, high torque values, reduced emissions and lower noise and vibration levels”. The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 petrol engine remains the same as in 2022.

Two other speeds

The nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission multiplies those torque levels behind the petrol and diesel engines. When Mercedes compares it to the outgoing seven-speed 7G-Tronic, it claims the 9G offers quicker take-off and improved performance thanks to its shorter first gear ratio and two additional top gears for a much larger gear ratio gap. most important. This last point seems rather obvious to point out, but the first is important when you know that the 2023 Sprinter now only offers four-cylinder engines.

All-wheel drive for 4 wheel drive

The final big change for 2023 is the move from a selectable 4WD system to a full-time automatic all-wheel-drive setup, bringing the versatile minivan into the modern era of electronically controlled wheel torque distribution. Rather than having to select four-wheel drive (as before) via a part-time system like in rugged SUVs, the four-wheel-drive-equipped 2023 Sprinter will automatically detect wheel slip and apply up to 50% torque. split between the front and rear axles, as in most crossovers and cars. The selectable four-wheel-drive system of yore only allowed up to a 35/65 split when in 4-wheel-drive mode. Although it loses selectable 4WD, the Sprinter AWD will still retain the off-road prowess of the 2022 model in terms of ground clearance (8.0 inches) in addition to approach (26 degrees), tipping (23 degrees) and its departure. (25 degrees) angles.

Same versatility

The other important factor of the Sprinter is its ability to perform as well indoors as it does outdoors. This is especially true for its commercial users thanks to the Sprinter’s streamlined packaging structure. With enough ingenuity and imagination, you can turn the Mercedes van into anything from a perfect package delivery machine to a shuttle for ferrying people across town to a rugged “van-style” overlander. life” and everything else. Although no price has yet been announced, Mercedes promises that the 2023 Sprinter will drop sometime in early 2023.

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