Mercedes-Benz Expands Sprinter Worker Lineup
Additional Roof Height, Wheelbase, and Engine Options Added to Cost Leader
Mercedes-Benz is expanding the Sprinter Worker lineup beyond its existing one-model, one-price structure, including additional wheelbases and roof heights, plus the optional 3.0L turbodiesel V-6 already available on other Sprinters.
Until now, the Sprinter Worker was available only as a cargo van with a 144-inch wheelbase and a standard-height roof, limiting its cargo-hauling ability somewhat (it’s still huge inside). Going forward, however, the Worker will be available in the mid-length 170-inch wheelbase, and a high roof is on offer as well. Adding to the Worker’s adaptability is its newly optional 3.0L turbodiesel V-6, branded BlueTEC by Mercedes. The 2.1L BlueTEC diesel I-4 will soldier on as the Worker’s standard engine. The van’s three optional packages will still be offered this year as well, bundling popular options into easy-to-select combinations that help keep prices low.
In addition to the extra cargo-van models, Mercedes-Benz will also offer the Sprinter Worker as a passenger van. Available exclusively with the 2.1L diesel I-4, the Worker passenger van will seat up to 12 people. Standard rear air conditioning will aid in comfort, and like the Worker cargo van, the passenger version will feature optional packages to allow for easier configuration. Those packages, called Convenience and Overtime, will include driver-assist features, extra interior lighting, an upgraded audio system, and leatherette seating, among other goodies. Unlike the Worker cargo, the passenger van will be available in three colors: white, silver, and black, with black steel wheels.
We like that Mercedes-Benz is attempting to broaden the appeal of its trade-focused vans, first with the recently announced Metris Worker and then the expanded Sprinter Worker. We’ve driven various iterations of each model line and legitimately enjoyed them all. Surprisingly, we found the 2.1L I-4 to drive better than the larger, more powerful 3.0L V-6, thanks in part to the former’s seven-speed transmission compared to the latter’s five-speed. Truth be told, however, they’re all excellent vans, and with Mercedes’ reputation for quality and the Sprinter’s low cost of ownership, the Worker lineup should continue to he a hit for Benz.