Mercedes: 2013 Sprinter Got Facelifted and New Transmission

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes in on the offensive move in developing van as the commercial vehicle division just deployed the Citan urban delivery van and Viano for winter test drive. As if that is not enough, to fill the empty slot for the 2012, they are offering the Viano Pearl Limited Edition. And so, the three-pointed German automaker released another announcement which stated that they are currently developing the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter where the commercial van will be getting facelift program and new transmission and already scheduled to hit the market this spring.

The revised on the technical sides of the 2013 Sprinter van targets the fuel efficiency, but that is not the highlight part. Mercedes-Benz proudly announced that the commercial van will be adopting the 7G-tronic automatic transmission as an optional feature. According to autoevolution.com, the newly developed transmission on the upcoming sprinter able to operate very smooth at temperature as low as -30 degree Celsius or -22 degree Fahrenheit.

In term of fuel efficiency, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will be equipped with BlueEFFICIENCY pack which offers features such as low rolling-resistance tires, an ECO steering system, and engine start/stop system. The pack also allows the four-pot engine diesel engine which powers up the commercial van to provide EPA figure at 7.4L for every 100km and the figure can get lower around 7 liter for 100km if a high-ratio rear axle is chosen.

Another features which Mercedes-Benz might be granted for the 2013 Sprinter commercial van is an Adaptive Electronic Stability program which offers new two functions of Electronic Brake Prefil which prepares the braking system for action when the driver takes his foot off the gas; while the Brake Disk Wipe is removing the water the surface of the rotors.

2013 Mercedes Benz Viano

2013 Mercedes Benz Viano prototype

You don’t think that Volkswagen is the only German automaker which can produce van, do you? Well, look what we have here… series of spyshots where the prototype of 2013 Mercedes Benz Viano deployed for winter test. It is not all of a sudden the three-pointed automaker shifted their vision to produce van, but Mercedes does has van division where they got new director which formerly assigned at the AMG division – Volker Mornhinweg.

2013 Mercedes Benz Viano prototype side view

After two years of leading the Mercedes-Benz van division, Herr Morhinweg finally deployed its creation in the form of 2013 Viano which we think it is a mid-size van and already schedule for sale next year. This is a prototype as we spotted the combination of the A-pillar from the front to the rear of current car with an all new front end. The three-pointed German carmaker wants to produce its van to be safe for pedestrian which is why they equip the prototype with pedestrian protection standard.

2013 Mercedes Benz Viano prototype rear view

The pedestrian protection standard on the 2013 Mercedes Benz Viano is a car-like front end which we think will score pretty good points from Euro NCAP. For engine and department part, we have no clue what so ever on what engine which Mercedes-Benz will put on. There is no chance this German van will be getting turbo for its engine, although we scooped up one unofficial engine which available and matches the 2013 Viano – it’s the BlueEfficiency diesel engine.