Mercedes-Benz has expanded its Sprinter range to include a new variant with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 5,5-tons, representing an increased payload of almost half a ton.

Introduction of the model – which bridges the gap between van and light truck – comes as a result of market demand. “Many of our customers operate in weight-sensitive areas such as logistics, trade sectors or rescue services. They have expressed demand for a vehicle with a higher payload,” says Vusi Vusani, product and marketing manager for Mercedes-Benz Vans.

The model incorporates safety features such as adaptive ESP, trailer stability assist, collision prevention assist and adaptive brake assist. From April next year a number of additional features will be added, among them lane keeping assist and crosswind assist.