By Ronan Glon
Friday, Dec 6th, 2013 @ 8:29 am
 

Mercedes-Benz has published a full set of details about the four-wheel drive variant of its full-size Sprinter van. Called simply Sprinter 4x4, the off-roader will exclusively be sold on the European market.

The Sprinter 4x4 is equipped with an all-wheel drive system derived from the one found in the GL- and ML-Class SUVs that can be engaged at the push of a button to split traction 35/65 between the front and the rear axles. Four extra inches of ground clearance increase the van's approach and departure angles while standard roll bars help keep all four wheels on the ground even in sharp corners.

Electronic Stability Control comes standard and Downhill Speed Regulation, a function that works with the van's cruise control to maintain a constant speed when going down a steep grade, is available as an option. Other extra-cost add-ons include Hill-Start Assist, off-road tires with a deep thread and a straight-cut reduction gear.

Visually, the Sprinter 4x4 stands out from the regular Sprinter with side turn signals installed on the front fenders instead of the mirrors, a new radiator grille, a revised front bumper, bespoke headlights as well as bumper-mounted fog and reverse lights. The cockpit has been upgraded with a thick-rimmed steering wheel, chrome trim around the air vents and new upholstery on the seats.

Buyers can choose from three diesel-burning engines ranging from a 2.1-liter four-cylinder that makes 129 horsepower and 225 lb-ft. of torque and a 3.0-liter V6 rated at 190 ponies and 324 lb-ft. of twist. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a five-speed automatic is available at an option.

In Germany, the four-wheel drive Sprinter carries a base price of €8,400 (roughly $11,450) over its two-wheel drive sibling.