Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4

8 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4

Sure, the OKA was around for a few years Whiting came up with the ‘Okker’ for the Perth-based designers, and several modifiers have to improve the poor ride of Fuso Canter 4WD and Isuzu NPS truck cab/chassis.

Now we have the M-B 4×4 and Iveco Daily

Mercedes-Benz has a history of producing capable light and heavy and has been the main supplier of 4WD and 6WD trucks to the Australian Army for It’s also the successful to replace the aged Land fleet in the ADF with G-wagens, but for reason the company hasn’t the civilian market for its excellent 4WD and 6WD

Off-road Sprinter variants been available in Europe the model’s introduction, but have relatively recently made it Under.

Sprinter 4×4

The Sprinter 4×4 is based on the version, with off-road components engineered by Austrian Oberaigner. This company is a partner and system supplier’ to much like AMG before it was into the Daimler empire. Oberaigner makes a full-time 4WD with deep reduction case and rear axle locks, the only version imported by Mercedes-Benz Australia has a driveline, without centre or diff locks.

In late 2012 the Sprinter picked up hill descent but there was still no sign of the transfer case ratio, diff lock or across-axle locks that are available Oberaigner.

On the plus side, the 4×4 has a modified edition of the Sprinter’s Adaptive ESP system, ABS and ASR, electronic brake distribution (EBD), hydraulic assist (BAS) and, Start-off Assist.

Adaptive also includes the control for the all-wheel-drive system and sensors supply the central controller information about the driver’s and about operating and driving The most important parameters are angle, accelerator position, speed, wheel speeds, movement about the vertical of the vehicle (yaw) and lateral

Mercedes-Benz Australia has released the 4×4 in van, cab/chassis and versions with a choice of mid and long (4325mm) wheelbases. The wheelbase models can be specified 4.49-tonne gross mass for passenger car licence drivers, or GVM, for light truck

The Australian line-up consists of the 316 as a mid wheelbase van, cab/chassis and cab/chassis; the 318 as a mid and long wheelbase the 516 as a long wheelbase van and dual and the 519 as a long wheelbase van and cab/chassis.

The in the model number denotes tonnes GVM and the ‘5’ denotes 5.0 GVM. The ‘16’denotes 163hp from a sequentially twin-turbocharged, cylinder, 2.1-litre diesel has peak torque of 360Nm 1400rpm to 2400rpm; and the ‘18’ 180hp (134kW), from the 440Nm, three-litre V6 aluminium that powers the M-Class

Transmission choices are a six-speed or five-speed tiptronic-style automatic. The case has very modest low gearing of 1.42:1 and splits 33 percent front: 67 percent

The Sprinter van is semi-monocoque in design, an inverted hat-section frame to the floor pan full length. models have the same but have a similar hat-section on top, forming a box-section from the cab rear wall

Up front the drive axle and suspension are mounted on a massive The transfer case bolts to the rear of the main transmission, the belly area clear of

Suspension up front is by struts and wishbones with an anti-sway and at the rear by long mono-leaf with dampers and anti-sway

Standard tyres on the ‘3’ van are 235/65R16 Continental van rubber, on steel rims, but the ‘5’ have skinny 205R16s up and ‘super single’ 285/65R16 on 8.5J rims. Cab/chassis the skinny 205s, with on the rear axle. Neither tyre/wheel package is suitable for off-roading.

New Mercedes-Benz’ Sprinter models will enjoy the safety initiatives that models receive later in Five new systems include world premieres for this of vehicle: Crosswind Assist, Prevention Assist and Blind Assist. The systems are designed to accidents from happening, than mitigating the consequences

Crosswind Assist keeps a van on course when the wind is strongly. Collision Prevention alerts the driver if the vehicle too close to other moving on the road ahead or to the end of a queue of while Blind Spot warns a driver that in the next lane are dangerously Also new are Lane Keeping and Highbeam Assist.

We’ll these safety initiatives equipped vehicles arrive Under.

The new seven-speed automatic transmission optional in 4×2 Sprinters is not yet in 4×4 models, because engineering work needed to the transfer case with a transmission. When the change we’ll have the info

Sprinter 4×4 van and cab/chassis sit between traditional 4WD utes and 4WD trucks. Even with its centre and rear diffs the can match most 4WD utes for ability, while greatly them in cargo or passenger

When compared with 4WD trucks the Sprinter has car-like safety features, traction ergonomics, comfort and vastly ride and road manners.

The 4×4 is a $22,000 ask above the models, so that gives a 316 4×4 mid-wheelbase cab/chassis a RRP of Priced a LandCruiser ute cab/chassis A Sprinter 316 manual van model has a RRP of compared with the Troop $65,440, but the Sprinter comes a huge sliding side and full headroom as standard.

capacity for the Sprinters ranges around 1.4 tonnes to 2.3 tonnes, but the link in the Sprinter 4×4 is its open centre and axle when there are a lot more in the Oberaigner tin.

On and off-road

Our 4×4 Sprinter test was a 318 medium wheelbase van model Mercedes-Benz had stickered somewhat and, we thought, optimistically. mud splatters up one side suggested ungainly looking vehicle go anywhere off-road, but we were

We loaded the back with a of railway sleepers, stowed people and a heap of gear and ran the vehicle for two days over road conditions.

In rear drive mode, on highway, the was undetectable from a two wheel model: it rode, handled and well.

Car-like ergonomics, cruise climate control, stubby lever and excellent forward made driving it on bitumen a breeze and it was the same story on

The selectable full-time 4WD driveline all wheel drive with the running in neutral and the speed 10km/h. A push on the dashboard and all was done. In this mode the loaded up slightly, but because the is fitted with a centre it could be driven on firm and at all speeds in 4WD mode.

Disconnecting 4WD was done in the reverse manner, by to under 10km/h and slipping the lever into ‘N’ hitting the button once

In 4WD mode the Sprinter had much grip than its tall suggested and we embarrassed a couple of 4WD on loose gravel. The Sprinter sat through twisty bits and it a great deal of provocation in corners to activate the dynamic control system.

On rough, and potholed surfaces the combination of struts up front and long at the rear gave an excellent, ride. We could maintain cruising speeds without

Anyone who’s driven a 4WD Mitsubishi Canter or Isuzu light truck will be by the contrast with the Sprinter The Japanese vehicles have ride quality on good and are quite uncomfortable on rough

The Sprinter rides as well on surfaces as most 4WD wagons and than 4WD utes.

Our test was fitted with the excellent W5A380 tiptronic-style auto main box, which has a shift action than 4WD wagon boxes. Shifts seamless and easily manually by a sideways flicking action of the

The three-litre aluminium block-and-heads V6 comes from the M-Class and has grunt to propel the loaded 318 to illegal speeds very

Noise levels inside the van body were louder ute levels, but we know from that an interior fitout van noise markedly. We’ve promised a drive in a new Trakka 4×4 camper van when finished, so we’ll monitor noise then.

Vision the high-set driving perch the sloping bonnet was excellent and the rear was made easy by folding truck-sized mirrors, by wide-view spotters.

Our second vehicle was a 516 crew-cab/chassis, powered by the four-cylinder diesel, driving a five-speed auto to lower-speed drive ratios. Cab equipment was to that in the test van, but the twin front bucket was a four-seat bench, with all having lap-sash seat

The crew-cab had space galore, ample rear seat and easy walk-through to the front The space between the fornt could eaisly accommodate a fridge.

We’ve done overseas in vehicles like and have found them to be trucks’ that have tractive effort on loose and surfaces, but no real off-road The Sprinter 4×4 van proved to be different.

Low range selection was at rest, with the transmission in or ‘P’ and to enhance grip we tyre pressures in the relatively 235/65R16s to a recommended bottom of 40psi.

We didn’t expect too from this open-diff on steep, loose sandstone but we were soon amazed by the of this big box on our off-road course. It everywhere LSD-equipped 4WD utes go and then some.

The traction control system to be very powerful and enduring, spin constantly as the street-pattern, van lost grip.

Fatter, rubber would have a huge difference and we’d to give a diff-locked version a go.

that the part-loaded van had non-bush we didn’t tempt fate by pressures to 16psi and running it on beach sand, but with 4×4 LT rubber there’s no why it won’t do that.

Despite its the Sprinter van doesn’t weigh any than a LandCruiser 200 Series or a Rover Discovery.

The crew-cab back was different kettle of because its 205-section tryres way to skinny to get much grip on surfaces. They also had a to sink into soft even with pressures to 25psi. The 516 tray-back was definitely a not a nimble off-road performer.

The side of its lower-speed diffs was creeping ability on sites, but economy suffered, because it above 3000rpm to maintain The manual box or the imminent seven-speed would improve the highway considerably.

However, the weak in the Sprinter 4×4 spec’ is its centre and axle diffs, but are a lot more goodies in the Oberaigner

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 do great business as a ute replacement, a van, a bush fire vehicle, or an off-road tour We’d like to see the available aids incorporated in the Mercedes-Benz model lineup, but the range as it should have great to buyers who’ve been for such a machine.

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