[IMAGE]Sprinter.jpg[/IMAGE]Daimler Vans USA is launching its fourth new Sprinter model — the Shuttle Van, which joins the Cargo Van, Passenger Van and Chassis Cab.
Complete with many Mercedes-Benz safety and convenience features, the low-floor Sprinter Shuttle Van seats up to 16 passengers and comes in four different configurations including paratransit.
Standard equipment includes an electrically operated split-entry door and step to make it easy on passengers with luggage, with air suspension that ensures automatic vehicle leveling, regardless of the load. All Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinters are powered by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel that gets 30 percent better fuel economy than a comparable gasoline engine.
The Paratransit Shuttle is available with side or rear wheelchair lift and offers multiple wheelchair positions and forward-facing seating for up to 8 passengers, plus driver.
Every Sprinter comes with the safety features people have come to expect from Mercedes-Benz — ADAPTIVE ESP stability and rollover control, ABS anti-lock brakes, Brake Assist and traction control. The driver and front passenger seats are equipped with standard multi-stage front air bags and side curtain and torso air bags are optionally available. Other options include Bi-Xenon headlights, a tire pressure monitoring system and a Parktronic parking aid.
All Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinters are also equipped with five-speed automatic transmissions, four-wheel disc brakes and independent strut suspension with coil springs in front as well as a solid axle with leaf springs at the rear. Several choices of springs, shock absorbers and stabilizer bars provide just the right suspension for each version of the Sprinter van.