Спустя несколько лет разработок и тестирования Mercedes-Benz представил новые варианты микроавтобусов, которые построены на базе модели Sprinter последнего поколения.
Как и ранее, микроавтобусы разделены на четыре модельные линейки — Sprinter City, Sprinter Transfer, Sprinter Mobility и Sprinter Travel — каждая из которых ориентирована на собственные сценарии использования.
38-местный Sprinter City 75 рассчитан на регулярные пассажирские перевозки, а его короткая версия Sprinter City 45 подразумевает просто чуть меньшую пассажировместимость.
В оснащение микроавтобуса входит новая мультимедийная система MBUX с искусственным интеллектом, камера заднего обзора и панорамная система видеомониторинга окружающей ситуации, а также отдельные климатические системы для водителя и салона.
Sprinter Transfer появится в продаже в четырёх вариантах длины, Sprinter Mobility адаптирован для перевозки людей с ограниченными физическими возможностями, а Sprinter Mobility 45 приспособлен сразу для двух инвалидов-колясочников.
Новинки выйдут на рынок постепенно — сначала Sprinter Transfer 23 и 35 до конца года, следом Sprinter Mobility 23 и Sprinter City 75. В 2019 году можно будет купить все варианты Sprinter Travel.
Галерея: New Mercedes-Benz minibuses
- World premiere: new Mercedes-Benz minibuses featuring unique technology
- The pioneering technology modules of the Sprinter City 75
- Sprinter City 75: flagship of minibus model series Sprinter City at the IAA International Motor Show
Stuttgart / Dortmund – Four model series, finally totalling over 20 models, one name: Mercedes‑Benz minibuses. The IAA International Motor Show for Commercial Vehicles in Hanover (20 - 27 September) will see the unveiling of the new minibus generation, which benefits from the advantages of the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter while offering unique technology modules.
World premiere: new Mercedes-Benz minibuses featuring unique technology
The new Mercedes‑Benz Sprinter forms the basis for an all-new generation of the successful minibuses bearing the three-pointed star. As before, they comprise the model series Sprinter City, Sprinter Transfer, Sprinter Mobility and Sprinter Travel. The names stand for operations in regular service, as a versatile shuttle bus, for transport of passengers with limited mobility, and for tourist transport.
A stand-out role is played here by the all-new Sprinter City 75 with its exclusive technology. At 8.5 metres long, this regular-service bus has seats for up to 38 passengers and features a unique frame structure. Concealed under its attractive body is some unique technology, such as a special long wheelbase of 5095 mm, which provides the basis for a spacious low-floor platform between the axles. This can be put to flexible use with tip-up seats, wheelchair and pram bays, seating with a quick-change securing system or as standing space. Just as important is the heavy-duty rear axle, developed and manufactured exclusively for the Mercedes‑Benz minibuses. Its greater load-carrying capacity of 5.0 t provides the basis for a permissible gross vehicle weight of 6.8 t. Alongside the new Sprinter City 75 is the somewhat more compact Sprinter City 45.
The versatile Sprinter Transfer takes to the starting line with a comprehensive line-up. Its four models range from the 5.9 metre long Sprinter Transfer 23 to the 7.7 metre Sprinter Transfer 55, which features an extended rear end that complements the design perfectly. The Sprinter Mobility is the model series aimed specifically at carrying passengers with restricted mobility. The compact Sprinter Mobility 23 benefits from having a permissible gross vehicle weight of just 3.5 t. The Sprinter Mobility 45 deserves particular attention: a new raised floor has been added over the wheel arches. This allows two wheelchairs to stand alongside each other at the level of the rear axle.
The model start-up of the new minibuses will be staggered and will reflect the availability of the Sprinter: it will start later this year with the Sprinter Transfer 23 and 35, the Sprinter Mobility 23 and the completely re-engineered Sprinter City 75. The rest of the models in these series will follow next year, as will all models of the Sprinter Travel. Once the model changeover is complete, by the autumn of 2019, the product range will comprise more than 20 left-hand-drive and right-hand-drive models.
Sprinter City 75: flagship of minibus model series Sprinter City at German International Motor Show
The focus at the International Motor Show is on the new Sprinter City 75. With a length of 8.5 metres, it boasts an impressive size while closing the gap between the minibuses and the Mercedes-Benz Citaro. The vehicle on show is in "Silberstein Metallic". On the inside, the midibus is invitingly fitted out with "Gaya Wood Yellowstone" flooring, fully upholstered seats with "Imperial Blue” covers as well as "Evo Steel" vertical handrails with blue stop request buttons. The spacious low-floor area can be put to versatile use: a wheelchair bay is located behind the driver's area, complemented by two double seats as well as two folding seats each on the driver's and the door side. The rear is designed to accommodate another 12 "City Star Sprinter" seats.
The driver sits on a heated suspension seat. The equipment includes a leather multifunction steering wheel, Mercedes‑Benz User Experience MBUX multimedia system with high-resolution 10.25 inch touchscreen as well as an electrically operated roller sunshade. Driver's area and passenger compartment are provided with separate air conditioning. Assistance systems such as Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Braking Assist and finally the Mercedes‑Benz emergency call system are examples of the outstanding level of safety.