Daimler AG (2007–present)
|Also called||Freightliner Sprinter (2001-2021)|
Dodge Sprinter (2003-2009)
|Body and chassis|
|Layout||FR layout; FF Layout (2018–)|
|Successor||Ram ProMaster (for Dodge versions)|
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a light commercial vehicle (van) built by Daimler AG of Stuttgart, Germany as a large van, chassis cab, minibus, and pickup truck. In the past the Sprinter has been sold under the Mercedes-Benz, Dodge, Freightliner, and Volkswagen nameplates. In the U.S. it is built from complete knock down (CKD) kits by Freightliner. They are now primarily marketed by Mercedes-Benz. Re-badged and re-engined Sprinters were also sold by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles as the Volkswagen LT and the Volkswagen Crafter.
First generation (1995–2006)
|First generation (903) T1N|
|Also called||Dodge Sprinter (2003-2006)|
Mercedes-Benz Transporter T1N
Sprinter 314 (Iran)
Mercedes Benz Sprinter Classic (since 2013) (Russia)
2013-Present (As Sprinter Classic by MB and GAZ) (Russia Only)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door pickup truck|
|Engine||Phase I 1995–2000:|
2.3L I4 OM601 79 hp Diesel
2.9L I5 OM602 102 hp Turbodiesel
2.9L I5 OM602 129 hp Turbodiesel
2.3L I4 M111 143 hp DOHC 16v MPI
Phase II 2000–2006:
2.1L I4 OM611 82 hp CDI
2.1L I4 OM611 109 hp CDI
2.1L I4 OM611 129 hp CDI
2.7L I5 OM612/OM647 156 hp CDI
2.3L I4 M111 143 hp DOHC 16V MPI
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The first generation (VA Chassis) North American Sprinter was launched in 2001 in the U.S. and was originally branded as a Freightliner. Units sold to the rest of North America were badged as Mercedes-Benz until 2003 when they received Dodge branding. Units in the United States and Canada, but not in Mexico, could be purchased as a Dodge or Freightliner from 2003. The product was launched and supported by DaimlerChrysler Vans LLC, a small division based in Huntersville, North Carolina. Key individuals from DaimlerChrysler Commercial Vehicle Division and Freightliner Trucks were selected to spearhead the effort and made up the bulk of the division. DaimlerChrysler Vans LLC retained sole responsibility for the North American Sprinter market until the sales, service and parts support responsibilities were absorbed by Chrysler Commercial Vehicle Division in 2004. Nearly all of the original staff were retained, though the base of operations shifted from North Carolina to Auburn Hills, Michigan. The remainder of DaimlerChrysler Vans LLC remained active in Huntersville as an engineering, upfitter certification and safety compliance resource in support of the Sprinter.
For 2003, DaimlerChrysler introduced a Dodge branded version of the Sprinter to the North American market. It was identical to the Freightliner Trucks version except for minor styling details and badging. Rather than redesign the aging Dodge Ram Van which had used the same basic body and layout since the 1970s and was discontinued in 2003, DaimlerChrysler chose to replace it with the Sprinter.
From 2001 until 2006, cargo van versions of the Sprinter were manufactured in Düsseldorf, Germany, partially disassembled and shipped to a facility in Gaffney, South Carolina where they were reassembled. The cargo versions, classified as light trucks, are subject to the 25% chicken tax if imported as a complete unit, which is avoided by the disassembly and subsequent reassembly. Passenger vans were not subject to the same tax classifications and were imported as an assembled unit through Mercedes-Benz in Jacksonville, Florida.
The cargo version of this model is reassembled at a plant in Ladson, South Carolina which was previously used as an American LaFrance factory. Like its predecessor, the passenger version is imported as a complete unit. The previous reassembly facility in Gaffney, South Carolina continues to be used by Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation.
Since 2013, the 2000-2006 Sprinter model has been revived in Russian markets only as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic. The phase 2 2002-2006 grille was chosen for use on the Sprinter Classic and the 2000-2006 dashboard design. Sprinter Classic used the steering wheel from the 2006-2014 Sprinter models. The Sprinter Classic is built by the Gorky Automobile Plant at Nizhny Novgorod for service in Russian/Eastern European markets only.
|models||engine code||configuration||displacement||Max. power||max. torque|
|OM 601||inline four 8v SOHC||2,299 cc (140.3 cu in)||79 PS (58 kW; 78 hp)||152 N⋅m (112 lbf⋅ft)|
|OM 602||inline five 10v OHC||2,874 cc (175.4 cu in)||102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp)||250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft)|
|OM 602||inline five 10v OHC||2,874 cc (175.4 cu in)||122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp)||275 N⋅m (203 lbf⋅ft)|
|M 111||inline four 16v DOHC||2,295 cc (140.0 cu in)||143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp)||210 N⋅m (155 lbf⋅ft)|
|Model||Roof Height||Wheelbase||Engine||Manufacture Estimate||Typical|
|2500||Standard Roof||140"||2.7L I5 OM 612/ OM 647 156 hp CDI||24|
|2500||High Roof||158"||2.7L I5 OM 612/ OM 647 156 hp CDI||22|
|3500||High Roof||158"||2.7L I5 OM 612/ OM 647 156 hp CDI||21|
Second generation (2006–2018)
|Second generation (906) NCV3|
|Also called||Freightliner Sprinter|
Dodge Sprinter (2007–2009)
2007–2010 & 2012–present (Argentina)
2014–present Tiaret, Algeria
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door pickup truck|
|Related||Volkswagen Crafter (LT3)|
|Engine||1.8L I4 M271|
2.1L I4 OM646 CDI
2.1L I4 OM651 CDI
3.0L V6 OM642 CDI
3.5L V6 M272
|Height||2,435 mm (95.9 in) - 3,005 mm (118.3 in) |
|Successor||Ram Promaster (for Dodge Sprinter)|
The second generation Sprinter was introduced in Europe in 2006. It was voted Van of the Year 2007 and again in 2008 by Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine. 2012 Information and Fuel Consumption Figures.
The US cargo version of the 906 NCV3 comes in two wheelbases options (144", 170"), two roof heights (standard 60.6", high 72.4"), three lengths (Short 233.3", Standard 274.2, Extended 289.8"), and two weight classes (2500, 3500). 3500 models have the option of dual rear wheels or extra-wide "super single" wheels in some, but not all, markets. Neither the 128" wheelbase nor the rear super single tires are available in the United States market. The US cargo version are reassembled from kits in an assembly plant located in Ladson, South Carolina, while the passenger models are imported directly from Germany.
The second-generation 906 was produced in Argentina only for export markets—except Mercosur markets (Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay)—from 2007 until 2010, but in 2011 announced new production of the second generation in the Centro Industrial J. Manuel Fangio, in Buenos Aires with the brand new OM 651 engine (also local made) and exported to the rest of America (including Mercosur markets). Since 2012, it is manufactured for the Mercosur and 40 other countries.
A class action lawsuit was filed in California state court against Mercedes-Benz alleging the defendant has sold Mercedes-Benz Sprinter models 2500 and 3500 with water that leaked from the air conditioning unit in the roof onto the passenger area. The leakage of air conditioning unit was also discovered on Dodge Sprinter made by Mercedes-Benz from 2003 through 2009. The lawsuit affected California residents with the rooftop AC units and Sprinters equipped with the rear AC.
Changes include the addition of new assistance systems (crosswind stabilization, collision avoidance system (optional), blind spot monitor (optional), adaptive highbeam, lane departure warning system), Euro VI emissions compliance, redesigned radiator grille, more angular headlights, new upholstery and seat coverings, thicker steering wheel, optional fresh air nozzles boast chrome applications, new-generation radio system.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2014 International Commercial Vehicles show.
Ordering began in June 2013, followed by deliveries in September 2013. Early models include ECO-Gear six-speed manual transmission or the 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission with lock-up clutch.
US models went on sale in fall 2013 as 2014 model year vehicles. Early models included a choice of 2 engines (2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbo diesel (163PS) with 7-speed automatic, 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel (190PS) with 5-speed automatic), 144" & 170" wheelbase (both engines), 3 body lengths, high-roof option, 5 configurations (Cargo, Crew, Passenger, MiniBus, Cab Chassis).
In September 2018, e-commerce platform Amazon announced that they had contracted to acquire 20,000 Amazon-badged Sprinters to be available for small business partners of their proprietary logistics service.
Early models include Sprinter 313/513 BlueTec 4x4, Sprinter 316/516 BlueTec 4x4, Sprinter 319/519 BlueTec 4x4; Eco Gear six-speed manual or five-speed automatic (transmission with converter Sprinter 319/519 BlueTec 4x4).
US models were set to go on sale in the first quarter of 2015 as 2015 model year vehicles. Early models included 144" and 170" wheelbases in low and high roof configurations, 5 body styles (Passenger Van, Crew Van (mixed 2-row passenger and cargo application), and Cargo Van (both 8,550 and 11,030 GVWRs)), 1 engine choice (3.0 L V6 BlueTEC (exclusive 4x4 powertrain)).
From 2014 Algeria started manufacturing the latest model of sprinter Sprinter 319/519 4x2 and 4x4 for civilian and military use.
For the 2014 model year the Sprinter receives a more stylish and upright grille with Mercedes' signature 3 slat design. In an effort to make the Sprinter's fuel economy more competitive, North American models will get the 2.1L OM651 2-Stage turbo diesel engine formerly only available overseas, while the 3.0L will be optional. The 2.1L engine (in Europe also the 3.0 L) will be mated to a new 7 speed automatic transmission. A 1.8 L supercharged I-4 gasoline engine mated to 6 and 7 speed automatics will also be added. The 2014 Sprinter will add several new driver assistance technologies including standard Crosswind Assist, optional Blind Spot Assist and Collision Prevention Assist, as well as Lane Keeping Assist and Highbeam Assist. The 2014 Sprinter will now feature LED running lights. Air suspension will be available on the 3500-series model. The 2014 Sprinter also gains a few new options, including navigation, iPod integration, and an air suspension for heavier-duty models.
20th Anniversary Edition
For the UK market in 2015, to celebrate 20 years since the first Sprinters were manufactured a run of 1200 special edition vans were sold to the public. These vans included the following additional interior comforts and exterior trim level;
- Air Conditioning
- Integrated Satellite navigation
- Drivers comfort seat & armrest
- Wheel Trims
- Chrome Grille
- Chrome 'Sprinter 20' badging on the front wing 
|216/316||2014–||1,796 cc (109.6 cu in) I4 supercharged (M 271 E 18 ML)||156 PS (115 kW; 154 hp)@5000, 240 N⋅m (177 lbf⋅ft)@3000–4000|
|316 NGT||2014–||1,796 cc (109.6 cu in) I4 supercharged (M 271 E 18 ML)||156 PS (115 kW; 154 hp)@5000, 240 N⋅m (177 lbf⋅ft)@3000–4000|
|210 BlueTEC/310 BlueTEC/510 BlueTEC||2014–||2,143 cc (130.8 cu in) I4 two-stage turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA)||95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp)@3800, 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft)@1400–2400|
|213 BlueTEC/313 BlueTEC/413 BlueTEC/513 BlueTEC||2014–||2,143 cc (130.8 cu in) I4 two-stage turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA)||129 PS (95 kW; 127 hp)@3800, 305 N⋅m (225 lbf⋅ft)@1400–2400|
|216 BlueTEC/316 BlueTEC/416 BlueTEC/516 BlueTEC||2014–||2,143 cc (130.8 cu in) I4 two-stage turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA)||163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp)@3800, 360 N⋅m (266 lbf⋅ft)@1400–2400|
|219 BlueTEC/319 BlueTEC/519 BlueTEC||2014–||2,987 cc (182.3 cu in) V6 turbo (OM 642 DE 30 LA)||190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@3800, 440 N⋅m (325 lbf⋅ft)@1600–2600|
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was built in Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde production plants.
Between July 2013 and the end of May 2014, Mercedes-Benz Vans sold around 134,000 units of the new model of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in Europe and North America.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans were used in the Boost by Mercedes-Benz custom transportation program.
Third generation (2019–present)
|Third generation (907/910) VS30|
|Also called||Freightliner Sprinter (until 2021)|
2019-2021 (Freightliner Sprinter)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door pickup truck|
The third-generation Sprinter debuted on 6 February 2018 at the Mercedes-Benz logistics center in Duisburg and was available to purchase from June 2018. It is the first generation to include a front-wheel-drive van in the line-up. A range of technology and comfort features are standard or optional.
The Freightliner version was discontinued after the 2021 model year.
The Sprinter is designed primarily for business, not private users, although recreational vehicle (RV) conversions are available. In the United States, the first generation Sprinters (2001–2006) were offered solely with the Mercedes-Benz 2.7 litre straight 5 cylinder turbocharged Diesel.
Companies are replacing van conversions with wide bus bodies—Sprinters with side-facing benches and tall right-side doors—as campus shuttles. Limited numbers of complete "wagons" (passenger vans) are being produced in Germany and shipped complete to the United States mostly for personal and church van uses. Typical Sprinter Wagons accommodate 8 to 10 passengers and have glass in all possible factory positions. Vans shipped to the United States on-spec (speculation to sell by dealer/distributor) are mostly sent in Arctic White color, but many colors are available. The Dodge dealer network for Sprinters is limited to certified locations (known as "Business Link" certified dealers, usually only awarded to "Five Star" certified dealers), and dealer knowledge is still limited in both sales and service. Special orders typically take one to three months for delivery, and may take even longer due to the assembly and disassembly in Germany, and exporting parts to South Carolina for re-assembly. The exception is passenger van models which are assembled in Germany and exported as complete vehicles. This is because of the United States Chicken Tax. As an unintended consequence, several importers of light trucks have circumvented the tariff via loopholes, known as tariff engineering. Ford (ostensibly a company that the tax was designed to protect), imported its first-generation Transit Connect light trucks as "passenger vehicles" to the U.S. from Turkey, and immediately stripped and shredded portions of their interiors (e.g., installed rear seats, seatbelts) in a warehouse outside Baltimore. To import vans built in Germany, Mercedes "disassembled them and shipped the pieces to South Carolina, where American workers put them back together in a small kit assembly building." The resulting vehicles emerge as locally manufactured, free from the tariff.
In North America, most Sprinters are sold as cargo vans to expediters in the United States. Such expediters are similar to truck drivers, except they take smaller loads and will wait after unloading until dispatchers find another customer nearby to transport goods. The advent of the Sprinter van with its cargo space of 13-1/2 feet (4.1 m) has allowed van expediters to take three 48 x 48 in (1.22 x 1.22 m) skids or pallets, where previously they were limited to a capacity of two pallets A Sprinter is capable of hauling approximately 3,000 lb (1,400 kg) of cargo. The vehicle has been adopted by the police in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and in Poland, also and as an ambulance by countries in Western Europe, Scandinavia, the US, Australia and New Zealand. The 515 CDI has become the standard ambulance for use by the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom, and the Health Service Executive (HSE) in the Republic of Ireland.
Another market in which Sprinters are gaining ground is as van conversions and recreational vehicles. Conversions include RV's, limousines, family and luxury vans, office vans, wheelchair accessible vans and golf vans. Sprinter RV conversions can also be called Sprinter campervans. Sprinter conversions have been produced by several RV and coach manufacturers. Chilled box versions of the Sprinter currently make up the majority of the supermarket Home Delivery fleet across the UK, but demand for these vans has begun to decline. ASDA recently announced that its new fleet would be primarily custom IVECO vans, following in the footsteps of Tesco. Mercedes are currently working with Waitrose Home Delivery, who currently use chilled LWB HR Sprinters, on a prototype of a new generation home-delivery van, which is currently being used in select stores, aiming to cut emissions, costs and increase time-efficiency.
Sprinters have been used globally as television production vehicles, most commonly as ENG (Electronic News Gathering) and SNG (Satellite News Gathering) vehicles. These are a popular choice for local affiliates for their maneuverability in metropolitan areas and the lack of DOT regulations (in the under 10,000lbs versions).
In Colombia the Sprinter is the most popular van for intercity transport. The purchase of a luxuriously appointed Sprinter by the son of former President Julio Cesar Turbay, Julio Cesar Turbay, Jr. prompted a scandal.
A chassis of the Sprinter is also expected to be used for the upcoming Astrovan II which will be made by Airstream to transport Boeing commercial crew astronauts to Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 41 where they would board the CST-100 Starliner on their way to the International Space Station.
This is the smallest of the Sprinter minibuses. There are 4 sub-variants: the 23, 33, 35 and 45. It has 8-18 seats & and is 6.9-7.4 metres long. It has 4 doors: 1 on either side of the driver and front passenger seats (which, like in a van, are segregated from the main passenger compartment), a sliding door in the middle, which goes into the rear passenger seating area, and a set of double doors at the back going into the disabled area with an elevator that can be extended out of the doors when they are open.
It is designed for paratransit.
This minibus is a longer variant of the Sprinter Mobility where the front passenger seat has been removed and the front passenger seat door now acts as the door for all passengers. In addition, the back wall has seats along it, but can be opened as a door and the seats removed to make modifications to the interior of the vehicle. It comes in 5 sub-variants: 23, 34, 35, 45 and 55. It has 13-22 seats and is 5.9-7.7 metres long.
It is designed for bus services to hamlets.
This bus has a high-floor, and in addition to the driver's door, has just 1 automatic passenger door with steps. It is 7.4-7.7 metres long and has 17-19 seats.
It is marketed as a mini-coach.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City minibus variant has been in production since 1995 and is marketed through EvoBus. The Freightliner variant has been in production since 2007. There are three sizes, Sprinter City 35, 65 and 77, which seat from 10 to 16 passengers; including standing passengers, these versions can accommodate 22 to 40 passengers. The 77 variant has a low floor throughout and a third pair of wheels at the rear. The Sprinter City has two automatic doors: a set of double doors at the front, used for passengers getting on or off and having a disabled ramp; and a single door behind the rear wheel for passengers alighting, which opens off some stairs in the high-floor area. There is also a manual door on the offside into the driver's cab. The 77 variant has double rear doors.
For engine choices, the Sprinter is currently offered with inline four and V6 diesel engines; V6 petrol/gasoline; or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) engines in Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. In North America, only the six cylinder 3.0 L turbodiesel and 4 cylinder 2.1 L turbo diesel engines are offered. In Brazil, between 1998 and 2002, are used a Maxion/Rover HSD Diesel engine, with 2,5Lt. The versions are 310D with 95PS (Turbo Diesel) and 312D, with 115PS (Turbo Diesel Intercooler).
2000–2006 (2002–2006 USA)
|models||engine code||configuration||displacement||max. power||max. torque|
|OM 611||inline 4 16v DOHC||2,148 cc (131.1 cu in)||82 PS (60 kW; 81 hp)||200 N⋅m (148 lbf⋅ft)|
|OM 611||inline 4 16v DOHC||2,148 cc (131.1 cu in)||109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp)||270 N⋅m (199 lbf⋅ft)|
|OM 611||inline 4 16v DOHC||2,148 cc (131.1 cu in)||129 PS (95 kW; 127 hp)||300 N⋅m (221 lbf⋅ft)|
|OM 612 /
|inline 5 20v DOHC||2,685 cc (163.8 cu in)||156 PS (115 kW; 154 hp)||330 N⋅m (243 lbf⋅ft)|
|M 111||inline 4 16v DOHC||2,295 cc (140.0 cu in)||143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp)||210 N⋅m (155 lbf⋅ft)|
2006–present (2007–2010 USA)
|models||engine code||configuration||displacement||max. power||max. torque|
|OM646||inline four 16v DOHC||2,148 cc (131.1 cu in)||88 PS (65 kW; 87 hp)||220 N⋅m (162 lbf⋅ft)|
|OM646||inline four 16v DOHC||2,148 cc (131.1 cu in)||109 PS (80 kW; 108 hp)||280 N⋅m (207 lbf⋅ft)|
|OM646||inline four 16v DOHC||2,148 cc (131.1 cu in)||129 PS (95 kW; 127 hp)||305 N⋅m (225 lbf⋅ft)|
|OM646||inline four 16v DOHC||2,148 cc (131.1 cu in)||150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)||330 N⋅m (243 lbf⋅ft)|
|OM 642||V6 24v DOHC||2,987 cc (182.3 cu in)||184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp)||400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft)|
|M 272||V6 24v DOHC||3,498 cc (213.5 cu in)||258 PS (190 kW; 254 hp)||340 N⋅m (251 lbf⋅ft)|
Sprinter model range
The model designations for the first generation Sprinter are W901, W902, W903, W904 and W905, depending on the gross weight rating.
- Passenger van
- Conversion van
- Cargo van
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