For the 2023 model year, Mercedes-Benz is making several changes to its popular Sprinter van. Even though the large van will look mostly the same, the powertrain has been updated to make it more efficient, and new transmission and the all-wheel-drive system will be available. Mercedes will eliminate its six-cylinder engines and only offer four-cylinder gas and diesel engines in its 2023 model.
It will start making the changes to 2023 Sprinter vans sold in the U.S. at the beginning of 2019.
2023 Sprinter Powertrains
The car company said that the new OM654 gas and diesel line pollutes less, goes faster, has more torque, and makes the van quieter and less shaky.
Mercedes will sell three different models. The gas engine will have up to 188 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The Sprinter can also have two different diesel engine configurations. The standard model will have a power output of 168 horsepower and a torque of 295 pound-feet. The second option is more powerful, with 208 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.
Mercedes’s new engines are better because they have a block made of aluminium and pistons made of steel. They also have other changes that reduce friction. It also added multi-way exhaust gas recirculation and moved the diesel exhaust gas after treatment to reduce heat loss, lower emissions, and improve efficiency.
As a commercial vehicle, the EPA does not rate the fuel economy of the Sprinter. Mercedes does not give estimates. But it said that switching from engines with six cylinders to engines with four cylinders would save more fuel.
A new transmission for the Sprinter van
Mercedes-Benz made it so that all Sprinter vans come with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. The new transmission also improves gas mileage and speed because it changes gears faster and makes less noise.
The new all-wheel-drive system is based on what the company already uses in its regular cars. It takes the place of a four-wheel-drive system and is only available on diesel-powered Sprinter models. The back wheels drive the gas version.
Mercedes said that the new all-wheel-drive system would automatically send up to 50 percent of the torque to each axle on demand. In 44 modes, the old system sent 35% of the torque to the front axle and 65% to the back axle.
Other things about the Sprinter’s off-road ability, like ground clearance, approach angle, departure angle, and break-over angle, haven’t changed.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van Is Overlanding Favorite
Mercedes doesn’t separate sales by business and consumer. But the Sprinter van is popular as a rugged recreation and overland vehicle.
The company says there is more interest from people who want to change the vehicles to use them for camping and other outdoor activities. Small businesses like plumbers, dog groomers, mobile barbers, and bike repair shops also use it.