The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van is the ultimate way to move a seriously large family, clients, or workers in a single commercial-grade vehicle.
Because the chassis is shared with heavy-duty haulers, it is proven to be robust and reliable. Unlike the work-minded models, however, the Passenger Van comes with windows running the length of the van, as well as proper seating and passenger accommodations.
The engine for both wheel base and body 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.
The Passenger Van can be had in 144 or 170-inch wheelbase lengths, 232.5 or 273.2-inch overall lengths, and either the standard 96.3-inch roof height or the high roof at 107.5-inches.
Seating can be arranged for up to 12 occupants, including the driver. Either three- or four-seat benches with quick-release locks can be used for easy configuration changes based on the need to haul more people, or more cargo.
Cargo area grows up to 31.2 square feet with optional seats removed, or from 141.3 cubic feet to 187.2 cubic feet of volume with seats in, and 318 to 494 cubic feet of volume with seats removed.
Payload ranges from 2,388 to 2,840 lbs, max GVWR is 8,550 across the board, and max GCWR comes in at 13,550 across the models as well.
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.
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.
The Sprinter Passenger Van is up against well-entrenched competition from the Ford E-Series Passenger Van, as well as the Chevrolet Express Passenger and counterpart GMC Savanna Passenger.