Mercedes-Benz has produced sprinter vans for the better part of a century, and their current lineup is quite diverse - with the Cab Chassis model going for business owners seeking the most custom of solutions.
The Sprinter Cab Chassis comes in either 144-inch or 170-inch lengths, with a maximum GVWR of 11,030 lbs for either model, and nearly identical maximum payloads at 6,269 lbs and 6,179 lbs, respectively.
Towing comes in at an identical 5,000 lbs, regardless of wheelbase length, as well as the 26.4 gallon fuel tank, and maximum GCWR of 15,250 lbs.
The engine for both wheel base lengths 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.
As a work van, standard equipment is sparse at best, but Mercedes-Benz offers both packages and stand alone options.
Packages include: accessory, anti-theft alarm, cold climate, comfort seating, contractor, front bench seating, front heating packages I and II, heavy-duty front axle, heavy-duty suspension packages I through IV, multi-function steering wheel/display, premium, trailer hitch and window and mirror package.
In terms of stand alone features, buyers can choose the Audio 20 radio, black leatherette upholstery, cruise control, daytime running lamps, driver and front passenger thorax or window airbags, electric tilting and sliding glass sunroof, reverse backup system and two additional master keys.
As far as loading the proper fitment onto the rear chassis, everything from the cab-back is up to the buyer and the aftermarket.
The Sprinter Chassis Cab is up against well-entrenched competition from the Ford E-Series, as well as the Chevrolet Express Cargo and counterpart GMC Savanna Cargo - as well as the newcomer Nissan NV.