Mercedes-Benz made a move toward safety with its 2020 Sprinter vans. There’s available lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alerts, parking sensors, automatic braking, lane keep assist, downhill speed control and more. It’s a move that differentiates the Sprinter among its competitors, most of which don’t feature many (if any) of the features that we just listed.
The Sprinter has been sold under the Freightliner and Dodge brands in the past, and is still available with a Freightliner tag on the nose. They’re assembled mostly at Mercedes’ new factory in South Carolina.
The Passenger Van comes in either a 12-passenger version with a 144-inch wheelbase or a 15-passenger version that rides on a 170-inch wheelbase. Power comes from one of two engines: a 188-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter 188-hp diesel six-cylinder unit. The diesel is available with four-wheel drive and both engines come with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Payload weighs in at 2,941 pounds for the 1500 trim and up to 3,441 pounds for the 2500 trim.
We don’t have all the details on the 2020 Sprinter’s pricing but expect to see it start close to the 2019 model’s $42,990. It competes with the Ram ProMaster and GMC Savana.