After 12 years the 3rd generation of the Mercedes Sprinter is finally here, designed to advance delivery solutions using technology or, as we like to see it, a much more hi-tech camper conversion! They are offering a wide number of body, chassis and seating options allowing you to really customise your ride, admittedly this is mainly aimed at businesses but there’s no harm in planning for you wealthy van lifers out there. And it even has a release date of June 2018, just in time for your summer road trip!The 2018 Mercedes Sprinter keeps that smooth, modern look while adding a slightly more angled bonnet and sharper headlights to make it look mightier than it’s predecessor. The design was made to bring the cabin slightly forward, allowing you for more room in the back, you have noticed that this has made the windscreen slightly steeper, but this should give you a better view towards the lower front.
With it’s fresh look comes even fresher technology. Mercedes is now offering front and rear-wheel drive on their 2018 Mercedes Sprinter, along with this they have decreased the load floor by a whopping 80mm, making it even easier to get in and out. Oh, and we forgot to mention you can even purchase built-in WiFi, that’ll keep your digital nomads happy.
Launching of the eSprinter Electric Van
Alongside their petrol sprinter they will be launching an all electric MK3 in 2019, using it’s recently revealed batteries that are also in the eVito. These will be stored underneath the cargo floor which should not impact load volume and general interior measurements/size. Unfortunately Mercedes has kept the eSprinters battery range a secret but did happen to mention that the vehicle can be fully charged in just under 60 minutes with it’s very powerful eCharger. If you’re lucky enough to join the ‘Mercedes Pro’ club you’ll have a dedicated manager that monitors the energy use of your van, can manually charge it overnight and they’ll even warm up your seat before you set off on your adventure… did someone say “holy sh*t”?
Okay, but how much?
The 2018 Mercedes Sprinter will set you back a whopping but respectable £17,000/$24,000 for the base model. That comes with 17 cubic squared meters of space in the back if you were to empty it, certainly enough to make a small home in the back.