At the end of last year, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Panel Van and Chassis Cab variant with rear-wheel drive were given a new and more powerful OM654 four-cylinder diesel engine.
Almost a year down the line, the company announced that all the other versions will follow with the new engine from now on.
The OM 654 engine which conforms to the Euro VI-E and Euro 6d emissions norms, offers further improved noise and vibration characteristics.
This means it is pleasantly quiet inside the Sprinter and disruptive vibrations have been reduced.
The combination of aluminium housing with steel pistons, the stepped recess combustion process and the Nanoslide cylinder wall coating for reduced in-engine friction, together with the dynamic multi-way exhaust gas recirculation and the in-engine exhaust gas after-treatment, facilitate lower consumption as well as low emissions.
Due to its near-engine position, the exhaust gas after-treatment works with little heat loss and in optimum conditions.
The OM654 engine is available in four output categories for the Sprinter, depending on the drive and body variant selected: 114 hp, 150 hp, 170 hp and 190 hp.
As a further innovation, Mercedes-Benz has combined the modern 2.0-litre engine with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission for the rear-wheel drive Sprinter too. The 6-speed manual transmission remains unchanged in the range.
Since 2020 the Sprinter has also been available alternatively with a battery-electric drive.
With the eSprinter, the entire range of use in urban logistics can be covered locally emission-free.
The eCharging Planner advisory tool, for example, is part of the eVan ecosystem from Mercedes-Benz Vans and can answer your questions on aspects that need to be considered for fleets converting to electric drive.
The next generation of the eSprinter is already being developed too: this modular concept consists of a front module for the high-voltage components, a module in the underbody for the high-voltage battery and a rear module with an electrically driven rear axle.
With this, the next-generation eSprinter – which will be produced from the second half of 2023 – will offer considerably greater freedom in the development and design of various bodies.
Also, the next generation of the eSprinter will be produced CO2-neutrally – a further step towards implementing “Ambition2039”, the sustainable corporate strategy of Mercedes-Benz.