It seems as though one of Mercedes-Benz's most popular commercial vehicles, the Sprinter, may soon be all-new. Our spies have spotted this all-new Sprinter van, in prototype guise, undergoing hot weather testing in Spain.
Going over the Sprinter prototype mule, it appears the next-generation van will receive a heavily updated front fascia. There is now a larger, more prominent front grill likely hidden behind the camouflage. Along with the grill, the headlights are now designed similar to that of their current passenger car line up. In fact, this prototype appears to be using LED headlights, with an LED daytime running light positioned above.
Moving to its side, one is met with more camouflage. Not much can be said about it apart from it's enormous size. Upon closer inspection however, there are two rows of seats mounted inside meaning it will be used mainly as a people carrier. The version seen here has a raised roof with an airconditioning unit positioned above. However, do expect other body styles to be available for the Sprinter.
At the rear, one is met with a split tailgate. Meanwhile slim conventional tail lights flank the outside of the tailgate. The prototype spotted also features a tow hitch.
The next-gen Sprinter will reportedly not be built in cooperation with Volkswagen, but will instead be a Mercedes-Benz only product. As for powertrain options, Mercedes-Benz will likely offer the Sprinter in various engine configurations which includes plug-in hybrid versions. Furthermore, the German automaker has confirmed that the Sprinter and Vito will also be available as an EV in the future.
It is expected to make a global debut sometime in late 2018.