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Sprinter Expands its Heavy-duty Portfolio with the Worker Model

February 15, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
Sprinter Expands its Heavy-duty Portfolio with the Worker Model

Mercedes-Benz Vans is pleased to announce the expansion of the Sprinter portfolio by debuting its Worker van model, which goes on sale this spring.

Priced from $32,495, the Sprinter Worker will offer the simplest and most straightforward equipment and packaging within the Sprinter Van model line, which includes the 2500 and heavy-duty 3500 models.

Targeting the heart of the commercial van market for plumbers, electricians, general contractors, and HVAC specialists, the Worker was designed with input from dealers and customers alike, offering the safety, reliability, and best-in-class service intervals — up to 20,000 miles — expected from Mercedes-Benz Vans, all at an affordable and approachable starting price.

With a 144-inch wheelbase and a standard-height roof (the most commonly-ordered Sprinter Van configuration) the Sprinter Worker boasts a 137.4-inch cargo floor length and 66.5-inch interior standing height. The Worker also receives a powerful diesel engine and an efficient, class-exclusive 7G-TRONIC seven-speed transmission that allows for more time on the road and less time at the gas pump.

Additional standard equipment includes a four-speaker AM/FM radio with aux-input, USB interface and with Bluetooth Telephone Interface and audio streaming, cabin partition preparation, six standard airbags, Crosswind Assist and Load-Adaptive Traction Control (ESP).

Available only in white, the Sprinter Worker provides both small-business owners and fleet companies with an ideal canvas for signage, advertising and wrapping with graphics. With a total roof load capacity of 660 pounds, ladder racks and roof attachments can be added to the Worker from any number of upfitters.

Inside, the Worker’s standard 319.1-cubic-feet of cargo volume provides ample room for racks, bins, shelves, cabinets and toolboxes. The standard steel floor can be left unfinished or can be customized with an optional wood floor or with any other floor covering of choice.

One place that doesn’t need customization: the front passenger compartment. With power windows, A/C, tilting & telescoping steering wheel, five cup holders, adjustable armrests, ample storage, and a standard four-speaker audio system that boasts Bluetooth telephone interface, wireless music streaming and an auxiliary port, the Worker aims to make time on the road productive convenient and comfortable.

The Sprinter Worker comes exclusively with a powerful and efficient four-cylinder diesel engine paired with an efficient, class-exclusive 7G-TRONIC seven-speed transmission that helps stretch each gallon of diesel further. Based on over 300,000 miles of user-reported fuel economy on fuelly.com, this efficient engine and transmission combination is capable of well over 23 miles per gallon, even in high-roof, extended-wheelbase Sprinter 2500 applications.

Producing 161 horsepower and 266 pounds-feet of torque (available at just 1,400 rpms), the Sprinter Worker’s 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel engine provides seamless power thanks to its two-stage turbocharger. This engine knows how to work hard, with a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and a maximum payload of 3,512 pounds.

In combination with exhaust gas recirculation, two-stage cooling, selective catalytic reduction (SER), Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) injection and a particulate filter, the Sprinter Worker is not only efficient, but environmentally responsible.