Following the successive releases of new and updated passenger cars, Mercedes-Benz now turns its attention to their commercial vehicle line. 2018 will see an all-new Sprinter van and the German automaker is beginning the teaser campaign.

Mercedes-Benz started the campaign by releasing a sketch of what the van will look like one it's unveiled in the metal. Captured by our spies back in July, the sketch now paints a clearer picture as to the next-generation Sprinter's exterior design. Should the final product stay faithful to the sketch, the Sprinter now gets a front fascia with smoother edges.

That means it's now in line with the current corporate face of Mercedes-Benz. Its grill is bolder and larger than the one it replaces. Complementing the new grill is are slimmer, upswept headlights which incorporates the marque's light signature. The bumpers are noticeably more aggressive than the older model but it is possible that the sporty-looking panel might not reach production.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

The model shown in the sketch is the panel van variant but do expect it to come with a variety of configurations. Low and high roof vans are a given, and so are short and long-wheelbase choices. Given the purpose of the Sprinter, it is certain that it will also come with a variety of seating options. Our spies have spotted high-roof, long-wheelbase model in passenger van guise.

As mentioned back in July, the next-generation Sprinter will not share components from Volkswagen. The current model was built in cooperation with Volkswagen but this new model is fully and solely developed by Mercedes-Benz. Diesels will likely be part of the engine range but the automaker says that plug-in hybrid powertrains will eventually join the range.