New diesel engine, all-wheel drive capability and innovative fast delivery doors
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is as cool as any supercar or performance car. Now before you storm Autoblog Editor Carl Anthony’s home office in Detroit with torches and pitchforks in hand, listen to me. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been driving American roads since 2001. At that time, Sprinter vans were also known as Dodge or Freightliner. Whatever the name, full-size vans are more than just boxes on wheels, and we love them to the end. As much as we make muscular and efficient cars!
You might think of pickup trucks as the driving force behind the industrial and business revolution. Still, vans like the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ram ProMaster, and Ford Transit are pretty much the backbone of any booming economy. Available in a bewildering array of sizes, body styles and customization options, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter leads the way with a host of innovative features.
Mercedes-Benz 2022 Sprinter: What’s New?
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is more or less the same. The Sprinter’s higher base price isn’t for everyone, but it’s the most refined vehicle in its class, beating aforementioned rivals like the Ford Transit, Chevy Express, and even the Ram ProMaster in the department. “Comfortable as a daily driver”.
New to the 2022 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder OM 654 turbocharged diesel from the three-spoke star with a cast aluminum block and Nanoslide cylinder walls. While this engine was previously only available on rear-wheel-drive European Sprinters, it is now available in America in all versions and body styles, including all-wheel-drive models.
The new diesel will be available in four trims with 114, 150, 170 and 190 horsepower, but Mercedes-Benz says exact US specs are yet to come. If Mercedes decides to bring in the 190 horsepower version of its 2.0-liter diesel engine, it will have more power than the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 from the outgoing Sprinter 3500 and 4500.
New all-wheel drive
Compared to the all-wheel drive of the outgoing Sprinter, the Sprinter 2022 features a new torque-on-demand all-wheel drive system. The old version supplies 35 percent of the engine’s torque at the front and 65 percent at the rear when engaging 4 × 4 mode. In contrast, the new 4WD system has fully variable torque distribution thanks to an electronic multi-plate clutch in the transfer case.
In everyday driving, the Sprinter is rear-wheel drive. But since the AWD system detects wheel slip, the multi-plate clutch engages the front axle to improve grip – without driver intervention. According to Mercedes-Benz, the Sprinter’s new AWD system is more comfortable and quieter than before.
Innovative fast delivery door
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2022 is available with a new Speed Delivery door instead of the classic sliding rear doors. The system consists of sensors and double glass hinged doors on the passenger side of the vehicle. The sensors can detect the driver entering the rear cargo area from the driver’s seat, and the system unlocks and opens the doors automatically.
When exiting, the system automatically closes the doors and locks the vehicle for added security. It also has a manual mode to leave the doors open when loading or unloading oversized cargo. And since the high-speed doors are made of clear glass, the driver has a better view of the surrounding area and the roadway before exiting the vehicle, considerably reducing the risk of accidents with cyclists and pedestrians.
Availability of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will arrive in showrooms in late 2021. Mercedes will announce pricing and other specifications closer to the expected launch date. For reference, the outgoing Sprinter 1500 had base prices at around $ 43,000.
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Alvin Reyes is an Automoblog columnist and expert in sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics and accounting in his youth and is still very attached to his former Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also enjoys fried chicken, music and herbal medicine.
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