The European van that made it in America has undergone a series of enhancements in an effort to fend off new competition.
It used to be that full-size European and American vans were very different products. But that's before Daimler brought the Sprinter to North America. Alternately sold as a Mercedes-Benz, a Dodge and a Freightliner, the Sprinter has taken the market by storm, inspiring Ford to bring the Transit back home to roost and Chrysler to sell the Fiat Ducato locally as the Ram Promaster. With that growing competition, Mercedes has introduced an updated version of the Sprinter with a refreshed design, more safety features and new technology.
Behind that new grille and headlights, buyers will find such features as Crosswind Assist, Collision Prevention Assist and Blind Spot Assist (the latter two as options), all three of which are segment firsts. Inside there's also a new steering wheel and shifter and a new infotainment system. The Sprinter is available in a number of configurations, powered by an array of gasoline, CNG and diesel engines that now include a new 1.8-liter supercharged four with 156 horsepower. Please try to contain your excitement.