Mercedes-Benz confirms Sprinter 4x4 launch in the US
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed earlier reports that it will bring its 2015 Sprinter 4x4 to the US. Previously, the 4x4 edition was only available in Europe and other overseas markets.
The 4x4 edition has been "ruggedized" for use in inclement weather or other rough conditions, though MB stresses that it is "not officially considered an off-roader."
Drivers can push a button to activate the all-wheel-drive capabilities, with a 35:65 torque split between the front and rear axles. The system also benefits from the company's 4ETS traction control and load-adaptive ESP technology, along with a 4.3-inch jump in front ride height.
"The slope climbing ability is up to 20 percent higher than in the Sprinter with conventional drive," the company notes.
Approximately 265 lbs in weight is added by the 4x4 components, minimizing the effect on hauling capacity. Off-road features will be available on the 144- and 170-inch wheelbase variants, including the Passenger Van and Crew Van, powered by a 3.0-liter V6 BlueTec oil burner with 188 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque.
The 2015 Sprinter should arrive in showrooms later this year.