Mercedes-Benz Teases 2019 Sprinter Van with Sketch
Aggressive Headlamps, U.S. Production on the Way for Benz’s Biggest Vehicle
Mercedes-Benz Vans, the company behind the instantly recognizable Sprinter, unveiled a teaser image of the next-generation large van. Showing the sketch at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Benz promised the van would hit the market in 2018.
Thanks to its one-box shape and massive grille badge, the van is still immediately recognizable as a Sprinter. However, the styling now fits in a bit better with Mercedes-Benz cars thanks to its narrow, aggressive headlamps and bold lower air intakes. Don’t plan on seeing the sketch vehicle’s massive wheels on your M-B Vans showroom floor, as they’d be totally impractical for the Sprinter’s intended mission. However, expect those LED fogs and headlights, bringing the van’s lighting technology into the modern era.
Furthermore, Mercedes expects the next-generation Sprinter will also be the first to be built completely in North America, thanks to a plant expansion in Ladson, South Carolina. Currently, Mercedes builds every Sprinter in Germany, then separates U.S.-bound examples into frame-and-body combinations imported as auto parts, thereby avoiding the U.S. market’s tariff on imported commercial vehicles. The frame and body are reunited in Ladson before being shipped off to van dealers nationwide.
However, with the $500 million expansion, the Sprinter will now be completely assembled in the U.S., providing about 1,300 new jobs to the area. By building the Sprinter here, M-B Vans is also reducing delivery times and production costs, making the van more attractive to U.S. customers. American dealers move more Sprinters than any other market in the world except for Germany, making the U.S. very important to the company.
We’ll see the new Sprinter sometime in the first half of next year, in plenty of body styles and upfit variations to suit a wide variety of uses. Our ideal version would be a 4x4 crew van, so do your thing, Mercedes!
Source: Mercedes-Benz Vans