Mercedes-Benz's Sprinter vans have been a staple in the commercial industry for moving cargo in Europe since the early 1900's, with the Cargo van being the most popular model. Now, Mercedes-Benz has also added the Crew model, which essentially adds a second row of seating to allow transport for additional helping hands for the job site.
The engine for all base lengths, roof heights and seating configurations is a 3.0-liter V6 BlueTEC SCR diesel that produces 188 peak horsepower at 3,800 rpm, as well as grunt work-worthy 325 lb-ft of torque between 1,400 and 2,400 rpm. The van is rear-wheel drive and comes with a five-speed automatic transmission.
The Cargo van can be had with two wheelbase lengths, two roof heights and three possible total lengths. Starting with the smallest, the 2500 comes Standard features a 144-inch wheelbase, a 232.5-inch total length and a 96.3-inch total height.
One can have the 2500 with a 170-inch wheelbase as well, and can be had at a 273.2-inch total length, or in Extended form with 289.2 inches of total length. The high roof is only available on the 170-inch wheelbase.
The final option is a 3500 series, which features a heavier suspension and chassis, and that can be had in any length or but only in high roof format.
Cargo volume ranges from 318 cubic feet to 371 cubic feet for the 144-inch wheelbase with standard and high roof. The 170-inch wheelbase ranges from 494 cubic feet to 547 cubic feet depending if the van is standard or extended in length.
Payload ranges from a low end of 2,872 lbs, to a maximum of 5,375 lbs. Maximum towing is a flat 5,000 lbs across the lineup, but max GVWR ranges from 8,550 to 11,030 lbs, while GCWR ranges from 13,550 lbs to 15,250 lbs.
Available equipment packages include: accessory package, anti-theft alarm, cargo, cold climate, comfort seating, contractor, heavy-duty front axle, heavy-duty suspension packages I through IV, high-performance air conditioning, interior lighting, lighting, mobility prep, Parktronic, premium, rear heating packages I, II and III, trailer hitch, walk-through and window packages I through IV.
The Crew configuration for the cargo van essentially adds a second row three-seat bench to the standard cargo can, fixed and tinted windows on either side of the second row, ISOFIX child seat attach points, floor mats, side wall paneling, roof paneling and an aluminum door sill.
Configurations are otherwise identical to the 2500 Cargo models, but this model gains stand alone options such as Audio 20 radio with CD changer and Bluetooth, black leatherette upholstery, chrome trim around the radiator grill, cruise control, daytime running lights, driver and passenger thorax and window airbags, M+S tires, mounting rails for roof racks, reverse sensors, and two-stage sliding door.
The Sprinter Cargo is up against well-entrenched competition from the Ford E-Series Cargo, as well as the Chevrolet Express Cargo and counterpart GMC Savanna Cargo - as well as the newcomer Nissan NV.