If you’re in the market for a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter -- one of our "top five fuel-friendly people movers" -- you may be in luck. For 2010, pricing on the Sprinter will run approximately 6 percent less than the 2009 models.
The 2010 Mercedes Sprinter van lineup will include three trim levels. The standard Sprinter cab chassis is the base model and will begin at $35,250. Next up the Sprinter hierarchy is the Sprinter cargo van at $36,925. The top-flight Sprinter passenger van will carry a base price of $40,800.
The Mercedes Sprinter carries on in the New Year with 3.0L BlueTEC diesel engine. The engine marks the first time that a clean Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), a urea solution to reduce harmful pollutants from the oil-burner’s exhaust stream, has been used in commercial van market, says Mercedes.
Mercedes’ parent company, Daimler, ended its Sprinter re-badging partnership with Chrysler’s Dodge brand late last year, making all Sprinter vans Mercedes vehicles for 2010-onwards. Chrysler is currently investigating bringing a Fiat commercial van to the U.S. in the place of the discontinued Dodge Sprinter, under Chrysler badging. A smaller version may also go head-to-head with Ford’s Transit Connect.