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The New Sprinter 4X4 Demonstrates Winter Ruggedness

Posted on December 9, 2013

TORRANCE, Calif. — The new Sprinter 4x4 – the only ex-factory all-wheel-drive large van with ESP - ensures crucial extra traction under demanding conditions, such as snow and ice in high-altitude mountain conditions, according to the automaker.

As a crewbus or minibus, the Sprinter 4x4 is able to transport hotel guests to a snow-covered resort in the Alps. But, it is also a dependable partner below the mountains: for example as a panel van for the mechanic who has to reach the wind turbine on the soggy meadow while transporting tools and heavy spare parts, or as a pickup fighting its way through muddy construction sites.

The Sprinter 4x4’s all-wheel-drive system can be activated at the push of a button, and the torque is then distributed at a ratio of 35:65 between the front and rear axle. At this point the Electronic Traction System 4ETS takes over: the driver simply needs to make well-dosed use of the accelerator pedal and steering wheel while the technology takes care of the rest, according to Mercedes-Benz. The standard-fit Adaptive ESP is always active even when all-wheel drive is engaged. This combination of all-wheel-drive technology and active safety is only available for the Sprinter in this segment.

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