Keeping your distance with electronic aids, staying in lane or manoeuvring and parking with ease

Jun 7, 2019
  • No compromises: Mercedes-Benz Vans brings state-of-the-art safety features to vehicles for commercial use
  • Traction in excavations on building sites, stability on the motorway or optimum all-round visibility: the new Sprinter can handle nearly all driving situations
  • A premiere in the large van segment: Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Brake Assist and the 360-degree camera are featured for the first time within the new Sprinter
  • Van accident research: a team of specialists evaluates accident data, before the vehicle development team makes use of the results


Stuttgart – Flexible, reliable and above all, safe: The new Sprinter, presented in 2018, embodies all these attributes to perfection. With the third generation of the iconic van, Mercedes-Benz Vans also underscores its role as an innovation driver and pioneer in the introduction of modern safety technologies in the large van segment. That's why the new Sprinter is also equipped with a whole range of optional safety and assistance systems which, until now, were reserved exclusively for Mercedes-Benz passenger car model series. Among them, the radar-based systems Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Brake Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist. The optional Parking Package with 360-degree camera makes a further contribution towards relieving stress on the driver. Crosswind Assist is, of course, on board as standard, making driving considerably safer at higher speeds e.g. on motorways.

Advanced safety and assistance systems play a particularly important role in the large van segment. Vehicles used for commercial purposes are often in daily use, cover great distances and, despite their comparatively large dimensions, must remain controllable even in difficult situations. In order to be optimally prepared for the various transport tasks and driving profiles, the safety and assistance systems in the new Sprinter have been technologically optimised. Evolution in comparison to the passenger car sector includes, for example, adaptation to vehicle dimensions, handling parameters and trip profiles in everyday fleet life.

"Whether in a sandy excavation on a building site, battered by strong crosswind gusts, in dense city traffic or driving at high speed: in all situations, a driver must have one-hundred percent control over their Sprinter. Especially in the large van segment, you need a prudent style of driving and effective electronic assistance. In the new Sprinter we have taken the safety we offer our customers to a new level, a quality with which this van becomes a unique offer, underscoring at the same time our role as a technological leader in the integration of technical solutions", explains Dr Ulf Zillig, Head of Product Development at Mercedes-Benz Vans.

In-house accident research makes vans even safer

The central importance awarded to safety in vehicle development and optimisation is evidenced by the commitment of Mercedes-Benz Vans to accident research. Since 2015, a team of specialists specially assembled for this purpose has been working on van accident research in order to deduce potentials for vehicle development that significantly raise the safety level in this vehicle segment. As the investigation routine includes the measurement of the accident vehicle and location, van accident research has a Mercedes-Benz Vito at its disposal as an operational vehicle which offers plenty of space for the required equipment.

Research focuses on selected accidents involving Mercedes-Benz vans. The analysis of real cases proves to be especially valuable because many more variables are taken into account than in the prescribed safety tests carried out before the vehicle approval. The accident researchers can, for example, determine whether the airbags were deployed as intended. In addition, there are important indications as to whether vehicle components still have optimisation potential. Apart from measuring accident vehicles and locations, the range of investigations also includes dialogue with the vehicle occupants, who describe their subjective impressions.

The new Sprinter: intelligent, interactive and innovative

Since its market launch in 1995, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has given its name to an entire vehicle class thanks to its outstanding qualities. The third generation of the best-seller can be ordered since February 2018 and has been available in Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle centres and Van ProCentres since June 2018. With safety features on the same level as passenger cars, the Mercedes PRO connect digital fleet solutions, the innovative MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) multimedia system, a fascinating design and more than 1700 different variants – available with rear-wheel, four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive – the new Sprinter defines the top spot of the large van segment.