November 6th, 2014 at 3:00pm
Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.
Reviewer: Chip Drake
Type: Van (Cargo, Crew, Cab Chassis, MiniBus & Passenger)
Competitors: Ford, Chevy, GMC, Nissan
Price: Ranges from (on the low end) 3500 Cab Chassis $35,310 to (high end) Sprinter 2500 Passenger Van $46,180 (options: V6–$985; High Roof $2495) D&D: $995
Made in: Dusseldorf, Germany (vans manufactured, disassembled & shipped); Ladson, South Carolina (U.S. assembly plant)
Drivetrain: Standard Engine: 4-cylinder Turbodiesel (161 hp/266 lb-ft); Optional Engine: 3-liter V6 Turbodiesel (188hp/325 lb-ft)
EPA Ratings: Mercedes Estimates: 4-cylinder Highway– 28-29; V6 Highway–24.9
I remember being enthralled with the lunar rover. You know, that dune buggy on steroids that our Apollo astronauts drove around the moon. Just imagine what it would be like to get behind the wheel of that thing: no roof, oversized wheels and the original satellite system that would take you anywhere… well, anywhere – that is — you could go on the moon. At that time in my young life, that was that darnedest
thing I’d even seen a vehicle do.
Well, last week Mercedes-Benz went ahead and practically destroyed those memories when it showed off its 2015 Sprinter. Ouch! Did I really just write that? Indeed I did.
Now I don’t want to claim that this oversized Lego on wheels is the second coming of those ultra-cool lunar rovers, but what I saw these vans do at a media drive last week was uncommon to say the least.