Unlike the cargo and crew versions of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, the passenger van is completely finished inside, with up to four rows of seating for as many as 12 passengers.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter passenger van does share its powertrain options with the more work-oriented versions, however, including a 2.1-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6. The four-cylinder engine generates 161 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque thanks to a two-stage turbocharging system, and uses a seven-speed automatic transmission. The larger V-6 is rated at 188 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Both engines use Mercedes-Benz's BlueTEC system, which injects Diesel Exhaust Fluid into the exhaust to reduce oxides of nitrogen emissions, resulting in output that Mercedes claims is as clean as a modern gasoline engine.
Available only in the 2500 weight rating (rather than the heavier-duty 3500 rating available on cargo models), the Sprinter passenger van can haul up to 2, 422 pounds of payload or tow up to 5, 000 pounds. Two roof heights are available on the 144-inch wheelbase version, including a 65.0-inch interior height model and a 76.4-inch version. The long-wheelbase (170-inch) model is only available in passenger configuration with the 76.4-inch roof height.
For the 2014 model year, both the exterior and interior have been redesigned, bringing sharper new looks to the front end of the Sprinter, and a more modern, luxurious feel inside the cabin. Among the upgrades to the interior are a 5.8-inch color display for the infotainment system, USB connectivity, and a standard Audio 15 head unit with iPod interoperability. More supportive front seats, a revised gearshift lever, and other aesthetic upgrades are also included in the 2014 model.
Those looking to put some more consumer-oriented touches on their Sprinter passenger van can opt for a number of packages, including the Driver Comfort package, which includes a 12-volt output in the driver's seat base; a hinged-lid center bin; upgraded front seats; and more. The Active Safety Plus package brings power heated exterior mirrors; a multi-function steering wheel; light and rain sensors; blind spot monitoring; collision prevention assist; lane-keeping assist; and a number of other safety and convenience features. Mercedes' Parktronic parking aid system can also be added, as well as a number of premium appearance features inside and out.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter passenger vans start at $40, 015 plus $995 destination and delivery fee for the 144-inch wheelbase version with the 65.0-inch roof. Opting for the higher roof on the 144-inch wheelbase brings the starting price to $42, 260, while the long-wheelbase (high roof only) starts at $45, 500.