2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: Plumbers’ Dream Vehicle

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2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: plumbers’ dream vehicle

Sure, there are plenty of fun-filled machines to drive with a giant three-pointed star slapped on its grille. Especially those with an AMG badge on the trunklid. And yet, there’s something enticing about a drive in a Sprinter.

Michel Deslauriers AutoGO Published on 2013/05/28

DUSSELDORF, Germany With a new look, more safety features and a new engine for the Canadian and U.S. markets, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is obviously better than ever.

Behind the wheel, you suddenly imagine yourself as a successful plumber (without the crack), carpenter, electrician or UPS delivery man. The Sprinter is so easy to drive and so manoeuvrable for such a massive vehicle that it#39;s extremely enjoyable. And then you start to ponder all the possibilities a Sprinter could provide you.

So many choices

It doesn#39;t matter what type of professional you are, if you need a workhorse to haul your gear, spare parts or to deliver goods, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van or Chassis Cab can handle it. If the goods you need to transport are of the human kind, the Sprinter Passenger Van will take care of them.

This year, a new engine will be available in the Sprinter in addition to the 188-hp, turbo diesel 3.0L V6. A 2.1L turbo diesel four-cylinder, that#39;s also found in the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC as well as in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. is dropped in the engine bay with an output of 161 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.

Before you spit out your toothpick, know that the little engine shows no inferiority complex at all in the Sprinter, which incidentally weighs between 5,000 and 6,200 lbs unloaded. A six-speed manual is offered in Europe; in Canada, however, the only available gearbox is a seven-speed automatic, which is fine.

On the limitless portions of the Autobahn, we were cruising at 160 km/h as if on an emergency call to unclog the Canadian embassy#39;s loo, and the Sprinter felt rock solid. For part of the drive, we were behind the wheel of a Sprinter Pickup, a body style that#39;s not offered in Canada and the U.S.

Hauling bricks? Yeah, get the V6. However, if you#39;re the local Humpty Dumpty peddler and want to deliver your potato chips in style, the 2.1L turbo diesel will do the trick and consume as low as 6.3 L/100km.

That number isn#39;t a typo; it#39;s an 18% improvement over the V6 Sprinter, which is still saddled with a five-speed auto.

Wow, you drive a Mercedes?

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If I was a plumber, I#39;d likely hit the town and flash my Sprinter#39;s keyfob in the glitziest of bars and discotheques. As long as I#39;d make sure my fingernails were clean, I#39;d be a chick magnet and walk out of the establishment with a lovely lady who#39;s willing to follow me home. That is, until we reach the parking lot and she sees me unlock the Sprinter; Are you kidding me? That#39;s your Mercedes?

Uh-oh, time to flaunt that optional three-passenger front bench, perfect for cuddling up while driving. Ok, that might not be very convincing.

And really, what will your customers think when you pull up in a 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter? They#39;ll probably have the feeling that you#39;ll charge them $300 to plunge their toilet. It#39;s wise to keep some Mercedes-Benz documentation with you at all times, which explains how the total cost of ownership is lower than its competitors#39;.

Sure, the $43K starting price may cause the electrician in you to blow a fuse, especially when you can get a Ford E-Series or a Nissan NV for about 10 grand less. However, once you get past the initial purchase cost, the Sprinter benefits from stronger resale value, fewer scheduled service stops and much better fuel economy. Admit it; you#39;d much rather show up in a Benz than a prehistoric Econoline, wouldn#39;t you?

New stuff

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which will be on sale in September, hasn#39;t been totally redesigned, but gets a very noticeable facelift with LED driving lights incorporated into the headlight clusters. The van#39;s sure-footedness is further aided from a chassis that#39;s now 30 mm lower.

There are also new safety features on board, such as a pre-collision system as well as blind-spot and lane-keeping assists. In addition, the new Crosswind Assist system helps keep the Sprinter in its lane when strong wind gusts hit its flanks; after testing its effectiveness on a closed course, the system seems only really useful at speeds beyond 100 km/h.

With so many customizing and accessory options, and there#39;s no way I#39;m going to list them all here, a Sprinter can be adapted to make just about any self-employed professional#39;s daily grind easier. Aside from having to sport a visible butt crack, I never felt like becoming a plumber so badly.

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