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What’s Next for Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans in 2023?

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans have been premier vans built for ultimate versatility and capability for decades. What’s next for these vans? Well, Mercedes-Benz has big plans for their line of Sprinters in 2023. Here’s what’s ahead… 

New Engine Specs

Starting in 2023, Mercedes-Benz will only sell their Sprinters with four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. They are parting ways with the six-cylinder engines that they have offered in the past. They make these changes hoping to improve their gas mileage and decrease pollution significantly. 

Mercedes-Benz will offer their Sprinters in three different engine options, one gas option, and two diesel options. Here is a breakdown of the three options:

  1. Turbo 2-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline engine with 188 horsepower & 258-pound feet of torque. 
  2. Turbo 2-liter inline four-cylinder diesel engine with 168 horsepower & 295-pound feet of torque. 
  3. Twin-turbo 2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with 208 horsepower & 332-pound feet of torque. 

New Transmission Specs 

Another change in the realm of the engine is the transmission changes. In 2023, Mercedes-Benz Sprinters will steer away from the seven-speed transmission and resort to a nine-speed transmission. This change is supposed to play a role in improving the gas mileage in addition to a smoother, less noisy ride. 

More gears mean quicker gear shifts and lower RPMs, which ultimately lessens the engine workload as well as eliminates a lot of the engine noise.

New Drivetrain Specs

The last change to mention is the addition of full-time all-wheel drive (AWD). In previous years, the vans were constantly in rear-wheel drive unless the driver selected to enable four-wheel drive (4WD). Mercedes-Benz states that the AWD drivetrain will bring more power displacement and be better suited for any terrain. 

Wrap Up

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The changes Mercedes-Benz is planning to make are strategic. They want the experience for the passengers to be fantastic while simultaneously optimizing the fuel economy. 

The most significant change was the loss of two cylinders. Dropping ‌to a four-cylinder engine is a smart choice and is inevitable to avoid when you can get similar or even better performance than the previous six-cylinder. It obviously saves drivers gas significantly over long periods, which consumers place a high value on when gas prices are higher than normal. 

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