Van profile: Mercedes-Benz 208 D Sprinter

Shaped the face of an entire vehicle class – the Mercedes-Benz 208 D Sprinter. Its diversity has made the Sprinter a best-seller since 1995.

Mercedes-Benz 208 D

When many people think of a van, the first thing that comes to mind is the Mercedes-Benz 208 D – better known as the Sprinter. The Sprinter became a legend the moment it was launched in 1995 and was voted "Van of the Year" that very year. The successor to the "Bremer Transporter" was the first vehicle from Daimler to have a proper name instead of an alphanumeric code. This name went on to shape the face of an entire vehicle class. It is available in almost every imaginable configuration: as a crew van, panel van, flatbed or chassis, with a normal or high roof, double cabin and three different wheelbases.

The Sprinter is also revolutionary when it comes to safety: even in 1995 the Sprinter was already fitted with ABS brakes as standard in Germany and six other European markets. The steeply angled hood clearly distinguishes it from the angular "nose" of its predecessor, the T1. In addition, the Sprinter has a loading capacity of 810 kg, a top speed of 135 km/h and a fuel consumption of 10 l/100 km. The low maintenance and repair costs make the Sprinter an affordable, all-round talent. Even today, the Sprinter remains one of the most successful vans and a loyal companion for generations of tradesmen, carriers and independent contractors.

With a high roof and sliding door, the Sprinter is a highly popular van.

Its diversity makes the Sprinter the vehicle of choice for small companies and freight carriers. 

Profile Mercedes-Benz 208 D Sprinter

Manufacturer

Daimler-Benz AG

Production period

1995-1999

Production location

Düsseldorf, Buenos Aires, Ho Chi Minh City

Predecessor model

T1

Successor model

Sprinter II (NCV3)

Designs

Panel van, crew van, flatbed (various wheelbases) and camper vans

Engines

Diesel engine: OM 601, 2.4 l, 4-cylinder, 58 kW (81 hp)

Length

4,970-6,525 mm

Width

1,935 mm

Wheelbase

3,000-4,025 mm

Loading volume

810 kg

Permitted total weight

2,800 kg (208 D)

Maximum speed

135 km/h (with OM 601, 58 kW/81 hp diesel)

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Sprinter

Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
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