Innovative leap in the large van segment: Connectivity, ergonomics, safety and functionality at passenger car level

Feb 6, 2018
  • New telematics generation combines easy, multi-modal operation with outstanding digital design and self-learning software
  • Control concept: Everything to hand with a touch-capable multifunction steering wheel, 10.25-inch touchscreen, natural voice control and a clearly laid-out instrument panel
  • Features: ergonomic seats, wireless charging for smartphones, 115/230 V connection and high-quality safety features

More than ever before, Mercedes-Benz Vans is using the technology of the Daimler group to redefine the van sector in terms of comfort, ergonomics and functionality. The new Sprinter impresses with numerous equipment features and operating concepts that raise the large van segment to a new level. Outstanding new features include the new MBUX multimedia systems (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), the control and display concept in the cockpit, ergonomically shaped seats and the latest assistance systems.

Telematics system with 10.25-inch HD display

The third Sprinter generation sets completely new standards when it comes to telematics. The new multimedia systems leave no wish unanswered when it comes to connectivity and the latest technology. The MBUX multimedia system (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) has a 10.25-inch HD display, and is controlled either via the touch-capable steering wheel controls, the touchscreen or a completely new voice control system. The central display is the communication centre for all the information collated here. Mercedes PRO connect services such as the dynamic route guidance function "Live Traffic" are refined by intelligent algorithms: the telematic system gets to know the user from previous behaviour, and makes suitable suggestions for e.g. destinations, contacts or radio stations. Personal points of interest (POIs) can also be added via a USB interface. This can also be done via Mercedes PRO connect. Additional information such as fuel prices at various filling stations in the vicinity, or weather data, can also be shown.

New infotainment system obeys every word

A technological quantum leap has also occurred with respect to voice control and voice output: The optimised voice control is activated by keywords, and also registers everyday speech. The infotainment system responds to the statement "The fuel tank is empty" by suggesting filling stations in the area or along the chosen route. Messages can also be dictated, and are reliably recognised. A high-speed (LTE-capable) internet connection integrated into the vehicle can either be used exclusively for the connectivity services of Mercedes PRO (see section on "Mercedes PRO connect"), or as a hotspot to connect separate mobile devices.

Intuitive control concept for the entire cockpit

The infotainment system is just one example of the completely new control and display logic in the cockpit. As is already familiar from the passenger car model series, the instrument cluster with a large display consolidates all the control lamps between the speedometer and rev counter. The display is controlled e.g. via the touch-capable controls on the left side of the multifunction steering wheel or the touchpad. This is also where the cruise control and distance assistant DISTRONIC are switched on and off. The touchpad that completely controls the MBUX multimedia system is located on the right side of the multifunction steering wheel. The controls for the air conditioning system are in a separate control panel below the display for the telematic system and its control bar. THERMOTRONIC automatically controls the fan, air distribution and temperature.

Power supplied by USB Type C or 12 and 115/230 V connections

The power supply for external devices has also been optimised. Using USB Type C connections, tablets or mobile phones can now be charged both above and below the instrument panel – with all the advantages of the USB Type C standard such as a higher charge current up to 1.5 A. Smartphones can also be charged wirelessly. The familiar 12 V connection is supplemented with a 115/230 V connection which can power e.g. a notebook.

The new, ergonomically shaped seats provide first-class comfort. They can be precisely adjusted to the individual needs of the driver, also allowing an ergonomically favourable posture on longer journeys. The memory function for electric seat adjustment is also available as an option.

Where assistance systems are concerned, the new Sprinter impresses with high-quality safety features. The radar-based distance control system DISTRONIC is on board, as are Active Brake Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist. The Parking Pilot including a 360-degree camera makes manoeuvring easier (see section on "Safety and Assistance Systems").