Mercedes-Benz Vans, the company behind the instantly recognizable Sprinter, unveiled a teaser image of the next-generation large van. Showing the sketch at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Benz promised the van would hit the market in 2018.
Thanks to its one-box shape and massive grille badge, the van is still immediately recognizable as a Sprinter. However, the styling now fits in a bit better with Mercedes-Benz cars thanks to its narrow, aggressive headlamps and bold lower air intakes. Don’t plan on seeing the sketch vehicle’s massive wheels on your M-B Vans showroom floor, as they’d be totally impractical for the Sprinter’s intended mission. However, expect those LED fogs and headlights, bringing the van’s lighting technology into the modern era.
However, with the $500 million expansion, the Sprinter will now be completely assembled in the U.S., providing about 1,300 new jobs to the area. By building the Sprinter here, M-B Vans is also reducing delivery times and production costs, making the van more attractive to U.S. customers. American dealers move more Sprinters than any other market in the world except for Germany, making the U.S. very important to the company.