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Mercedes-Benz has announced a number of improvements for its popular Sprinter commercial van.
In an effort to improve the Sprinter’s fuel efficiency without compromising its rugged dependability, Mercedes-Benz has introduced an optional seven-speed automatic transmission, capable of delivering “silky smooth gear changes” at temperatures as low as -30ºC or -22ºF. Additional fuel saving updates that help optimize performance from the 4-cylinder diesel engine include BlueEFFICIENCY engine start/stop technology, low rolling-resistance tires, an ECO steering system, and high-ratio rear axle to achieve 7.0liters/100km or approximately 33 mpg.
For safety and improved braking response, Mercedes-Benz also introduced the Electric Stability Program with Brake Disk Wipe and Electronic Brake Prefill. Brake Disk Wipe removes water from the brake discs while Electronic Brake Prefill activates the brakes the moment a driver quickly removes their foot from the accelerator.
These updates will be found in Mercedes-Benz Sprinters beginning this spring.
Mercedes-Benz‘s Sprinter was designed to be a luxurious commuter van, fit to transport multiple personnel in a more comfortable fashion than your typical box van. But clearly there’s a demand for a much more luxurious experience, and Brilliant Transportation has done just that with their Brilliant Van. They’ve taken your run-of-the-mill Sprinter and transformed it with an interior to rival limos and even the most high-end luxury sedans.
Out went the typical bench seats and in went individual leather seats. Entertainment comes through a pair of 32-inch flat screen TVs equipped with DirecTV, while music emanates from an eight-speaker stereo system or wireless headphones for each passenger. For those working on the go, the Brilliant Van is WiFi equipped and also has a hands-free phone and color printer on board.
Brilliant Transportation currently offers services in New York and Los Angeles, so if you’re in those areas and can afford it, hitch a ride in one of these Brilliant Vans and live to tell us about it.
Official press release available after the break.