Mercedes-Benz has revealed its facelifted Sprinter range, which besides a redesigned front-end also boasts a range of ergonomic, fuel efficiency and safety improvements.
The front bumper, bonnet, grill and headlamps have been reshaped to bring the Sprinter's snout closer to those of Benz's passenger cars, while ride height is now slightly lower than before to reduce drag.
Inside, the steering wheel is thicker and the gear lever on manual models has been reshaped for better comfort. A smattering of chrome trim and new upholstery also livens up the cabin, but the biggest changes are under the skin.
The Sprinter's full range of engines is now entirely compliant with Euro VI emissions legislation, largely thanks to the adoption of AdBlue urea injection.
Mercedes also claims that when equipped with the BlueEfficiency Plus package the Sprinter can consume as little as 6.3 l/100km, making it the most efficient commercial van on the market.
The powertrains themselves are largely similar to those of the current model, with four and six-cylinder diesels ranging in output from 70kW to 140kW. A 1.8 litre supercharged petrol four-cylinder is also available with 115kW, and can be run on natural gas.
Transmissions remain unchanged, with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed 7G Tronic automatic available.
Maintenance intervals have also been lengthened to 60,000km, helping ease the burden of maintenance costs for operators.
Five new safety technologies will be available in the 2014 Sprinter, with lane keep assist, a blind spot monitor, automatic high-beam and a collision prevention system all optional. Benz's Crosswind Assist is standard across the range, and helps keep the Sprinter pointing straight in gusty conditions.
An Australian launch date has yet to be confirmed, however the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is set to go on sale in Europe in June with deliveries starting in September.
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