The 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Will Rock A New Diesel Engine
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter isn’t your average fleet vehicle, it has a far more refined look on the exterior and the interior, it also has more than enough room for cargo items and even passengers. The company recently announced that this top-dog commercial van will be adding a third engine option, more specifically a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel, that pushes out 161 horsepower with 266 pound-feet of torque. It will also power the rear wheels by a seven-speed automatic transmission. Although its fuel economy has not been released, it will surely be the dominant engine for its overall efficiency.
Some might not realize that the well-known German automaker has actually offered a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder type of engine for the Sprinter before. More specifically a 2.0-liter turbocharged gas engine, which provides 190 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes-Benz also offers a 3.0-liter diesel V-6 engine that pushes 190 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. What this means is that the brand new turbodiesel doesn’t give as much horsepower, but offers a bit more torque than the gas engine.
On top of that, the Sprinter engine will supposedly be able to two between 5,000 to 7,500 pounds, depending on the configuration, which is the same as many of the configurations of the V-6 and certainly more what the gas engine versions are subjected to, which is just 5,000 lbs. Both of the engines also use the brand’s 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission.
However, one should be knowledgeable that there is a bit of a twist, as the new and smaller diesel engine option strings along with a few conditions. This engine is pretty much the same as the OM651 that was released in the North American market in Sprinter’s generation prior to now, specifically for 2014 through 2017. Furthermore, the “new” diesel engine will only be available on the Sprinter Cargo vans, unlike the other two engines which can be included on Passenger, Crew, and Cargo models. It also won’t have all-wheel-drive. On the flip side, buyers do have the ability to combine the diesel with the Sprinter’s 140- and 170-inch wheelbases, including low-roof and high-roof body configurations.
In terms of the green stuff, the 2.0-liter turbodiesel slots between the entry-level gas engine and the 3.0-liter diesel V-6. For example, the 140-inch wheelbase for Sprinter Cargo vans should come around $40,000 as a starting price. A Cargo Van that is paired up with a 2.0-liter gas engine, will have a starting price of roughly $36,000, during which the 3.0-liter V-6 variant comes around $42,000. The new 2.0-liter diesel should be available later this year.
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