Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Extreme Concept Ready to Take On Tyrannosaurus
Sprinter 3500 Cab Chassis Lifted and Tuned by RENNtech
Looking more appropriate to a dinosaur-movie set than a Mercedes-Benz dealership, we’re not quite sure what to make of the Sprinter Extreme. While rare here, in Europe, the Cab Chassis base is pure work-truck, as the Sprinter gets put to task in a variety of capacities including shuttle service, sanitation, and car hauling. But the Sprinter Extreme is no mere Cab Chassis.
Tuned by RENNtech using a standard Mercedes-Benz 3500 Cab Chassis, the Sprinter Extreme gets a suspension lift, beadlock wheels mounted on off-road tires (dualie in back), and revised bodywork to provide wheel clearance. A custom roof rack with off-road driving lights and spotlights sits over the cab, while a front brush guard, fog lights, and winch give the front underbody added protection from little carnivores.
The whole truck sports a jungle-ready green vinyl wrap, but unfortunately, the bodywork also gets simulated mud graphics. Faux mud on such a capable-looking truck is almost unforgivable, but since this is just a concept, we suppose we’ll let it slide. Still, we wish Benz would have just wrapped it green, then given us a chance to apply some genuine mud to its utilitarian flanks. One so-tacky-they’re-cool modification is the use of chromed exhaust stacks sprouting from either side of the cab. We really, really like the pipes, even if they’re more Deliverance than The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Mercedes built the Extreme concept to draw attention to the versatility of its Cab Chassis. The Sprinter Cab Chassis can handle a payload of 6,400 pounds, with a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds. As expected of a Benz, safety is an important feature, and the company is keen to point out the truck’s standard Load Adaptive ESP, a stability control system that automatically adjusts its inputs based on loaded weight and center of gravity. Pretty trick for such a heavy-hauling van.
Shown at the same time as the Extreme was a standard Sprinter fit with a Scattolini ScattoMaax side-dump bed, available as part of the company’s MasterUpfitter program. By pairing Benz customers with productivity solutions unique to their needs, MasterUpfitter helps reduce a lot of the stress of adding a special vehicle to a fleet.
Mercedes will show the Sprinter Extreme and Scattolini-bodied Cab Chassis at the Chicago Auto Show. If you happen to see them in person, let us know what you think!