European carmakers have been focused on electric vehicles and the COVID-19 pandemic has put new pressure on vehicle emissions.
Despite this, many carmakers – Daimler AG specifically – have not given up on the diesel engine.
Mercedes-Benz Vans this week announced it was expanding its product range in the U.S. with the introduction of a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel for the Sprinter Cargo Van, which has become a common site in urban areas around the U.S., where it is used for delivery services.
This advanced powertrain produces 161 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission.
The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel variant will join the versatile Sprinter line-up in the U.S. market that also includes the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder turbo-diesel Cargo, Crew, Passenger and Cab Chassis, and the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline Passenger, Crew and Cargo options. The newest model will arrive in dealerships late 2020, Mercedes-Benz said.
In addition to getting a new powerplant options, it will be offered as a rear-wheel drive configuration with various wheelbase options, including the 144-inch wheelbase standard roof as well as a 170-inch extended wheelbase with regular and high-roof choices.
The new 4-cylinder diesel offers additional advantages such as low fuel consumption, low emissions, high torque and high elasticity at low speeds, the company notes. The addition of the 4-cylinder diesel van rounds out the already comprehensive Mercedes-Benz Sprinter line-up.
Mercedes loads the van with an impressive array of standard features, such as Mercedes PRO connect digital fleet solutions, which is a new connectivity and telematics solution, keyless start, brake-hold functionality, charging capabilities with two USB-C outlets in the dashboard, a trailer-hitch-prep package, load-adaptive electronic stability program, all-season tires, an adjustable steering wheel with standard shift paddles and a metal load compartment floor.
With the new generation of this iconic van, Mercedes-Benz underscores its role as a pioneer, driving innovation with the introduction of modern safety technologies in the large van segment.
The new Sprinter is equipped with a range of optional safety and assistance systems which, until recently, were reserved exclusively for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. Among them, the radar-based systems Distance Assist Distronic, Active Brake Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist. Additionally, the optional Parking Package with 360-degree camera makes a significant contribution towards relieving stress on the driver.