Mercedes Benz is making a few changes to its Sprinter van for the 2023 model year. Even though the large van will look mostly the same. The powertrain updated to make it more efficient. A new transmission and an all-wheel-drive system will be available. In its 2023 model, Mercedes will no longer have six-cylinder engines. Instead, it will only have four-cylinder gas and diesel engines. Check stoptechy for more news.
At the beginning of 2019, the company will start making the changes to 2023 Sprinter vans sold in the U.S.
2023 Sprinter Powertrains
The car company said that the new OM654 gas and diesel line makes less pollution, goes faster, has more torque, and makes the van quieter and less shaky.
Mercedes is going to sell three different kinds of cars. The gas engine will have up to 188 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The diesel engine in the Sprinter also be set up in two different ways. The standard model will have 168 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. With 208 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, the second choice is more powerful.
The new engines from Mercedes are better because they have an aluminium block and steel pistons. There are also other changes that make them less sticky. It also added multi-way exhaust gas recirculation and moved the diesel exhaust gas after treatment to cut down on heat loss, lower emissions, and improve efficiency.
The EPA does not rate the Sprinter’s gas mileage because it is a business vehicle. Mercedes does not give estimates. But it said that going from six-cylinder engines to four-cylinder engines would save more gas.
The Sprinter van will get a new transmission.
Mercedes-Benz added a new nine-speed automatic transmission to all Sprinter vans. The new transmission also gets better gas mileage and goes faster because it changes gears faster and makes less noise.
The new all-wheel-drive system is similar to what the company’s regular cars already have. It replaces a four-wheel-drive system and is only available on Sprinter models that powered by diesel. The gas one driven by the back wheels.
Mercedes said that the new all-wheel-drive system would send up to 50% of the torque to each axle automatically when it was needed. The old system had 44 modes and sent 35% of the torque to the front axle and 65% to the back axle.
The Sprinter’s ability to go off-road hasn’t changed in other ways, like its ground clearance, approach angle, departure angle, and break-over angle.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van Is Overlanding Favorite
Mercedes doesn’t keep track of business sales and sales to regular people. But the Sprinter van often used as a rough-and-tumble overland and recreation vehicle.
People who want to change their vehicles so they can use them for camping and other outdoor activities are showing more interest, the company says. It also used by small businesses, like plumbers, dog groomers, mobile barbers, and bike shops.