Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 | carsguide.com.au

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

4×4

new four-wheel drive Sprinter in three and five-tonne models.

The four-wheel drive system is of the modern all-wheel drive

Sprinter 4×4 price from $67,990.

The Sprinter ride was smooth and supple, and potholes were soaked up disturbing the inner calm in the Photo Gallery

The Mercedes-Benz 4×4 is for rough trade.

The two-wheel drive Sprinter is for most tradies, but for those work takes them off the track Mercedes-Benz has launched a drive version.

Mercedes new four-wheel drive comes in three and five-tonne van and cab-chassis variants, the latter a choice of single or dual cab

The company is quick to say it’s not a hopper, but will handle conditions a tradie might getting around a mine construction zone, or snow or getting down a forest or over a farm paddock in to a remote power line or tower.

The 4ETS four-wheel system is typical of the modern drive systems that on electronics rather than hard mechanics.

It works in tandem with electronic systems fitted to the like the weight sensitive control, anti-lock brakes, control, emergency brake and brake force distribution.

a switchable system engaged by a switch on the dash, so most of the when driving the road in normal rear-wheel drive

But when the driver selects drive all four wheels are in the ratio of 35 per cent front and 65 per rear.

That ratio depending on the traction at each as detected by the speed monitors at wheel. If the system detects one or wheels slipping it applies the to those wheel to minimise the and at the same time redirects the to the other wheels that traction.

A second switch alongside the four-wheel drive control on the engages low range when for extra drive in adverse off road. When low is selected the ratio is reduced by around 40 per

Raising its suspension to increase its clearance, approach and departure and ramp-over angle has further the Sprinter’s offroad performance.

There’s a choice of 110 kW/330 Nm four-cylinder turbo diesel or a 135 kW/400 Nm 3.0-litre turbo V6, and a choice of six-speed manual or auto gearboxes.

Big Wheels was able to test drive a 515 4×4 long wheelbase van by the 2.2-litre four linked to the manual gearbox.

The 515 CDI has a GVM of 4495 kg, haul almost 16 cubic of cargo or a payload of 1885 kg, and tow up to two

On the road the big ‘Benz comfortably pace with town it hade plenty of pace off the and easily maintained a comfortable

Out on the highway it showed the ability to run at the limit with the engine over at a comfortable 2500 and there was sufficient left in the to overtake safely when

The ride was smooth and supple, and potholes were soaked up disturbing the inner calm in the

Away from the black top the drive system handled the sloppy conditions that be found at the end of dry southern summer aplomb and seemed capable of much tougher going.

Back on the highway there was a whine from the front at the highway cruising speed. Not so at lower speeds the whine become annoying in long on the highway.

The raised suspension, great for going offroad it more of a climb to get behind the something not aided by the Sprinter’s poor assist handles are even more out of reach they are on the regular Sprinter its lower ride height.

The 4×4 is priced from which includes the 4×4 price of $22,000.

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