Mercedes-Benz USA has introduced a new all-wheel drive (AWD) system for their Sprinter vans, as well as 4-cylinder diesel and gas engine options, at the 2022 Work Truck Week in Indianapolis, IN.

The new Sprinter AWD system is replacing the van’s previous 4x4 system. Mercedes claims the drivetrain will produce more power, offer more endurance and an “overall seamless transition for the customer, allowing them to take on any terrain with ease.” 

Drivers will be aided by automatic torque on tap with up to 50 percent split per axle, an increase from the previous 4x4’s 35 percent to the front and 65 percent to the rear. This all-new AWD system will maintain the Sprinter’s ground clearance, including the vehicle’s approach, departure and breakover angles.

The Sprinter series will also see a transition over to a fully 4-cylinder engine lineup, both gasoline and diesel, in order to craft a more efficient portfolio. The new powerplant, dubbed the OM654, will be available with either 168 horsepower or 208 horsepower. The engine is said to offer smoother acceleration with higher torque than previous models, with the added bonuses of decreased emissions, lower noise and less vibrations.

All Sprinter vans will also transition over to the new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. Standard in all models, this transmission will play alongside the OM654’s strengths by operating quieter, smoother and more efficiently, allowing for a reduction in fuel consumption. Compared to the previous 7G-TRONIC, the 9G will have an increased first gear ratio for slicker launches-- with the added bonus of extra gears and a greater spread of gear ratios.

These new developments are expected to see production in the 2023 Sprinter lineup, available in the US market early next year.