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Selected Style 2-Door 102" WB XL
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door 102" WB XL 18 23 $18,285 $20,085
2-Door 102" WB 4WD XL 16 20 $20,015 $22,050
2-Door 102" WB Sport 18 23 $19,323 $21,265
2-Door 102" WB 4WD Sport 16 20 $20,934 $23,095
4-Door 112" WB XL 18 23 $19,517 $21,485
4-Door 112" WB 4WD XL 16 20 $21,206 $23,405
4-Door 112" WB XLT 18 23 $21,924 $24,220
4-Door 112" WB 4WD XLT 16 20 $23,688 $26,225
4-Door 112" WB Eddie Bauer 15 20 $26,187 $29,065
4-Door 112" WB 4WD Eddie Bauer 15 19 $27,952 $31,070
4-Door 112" WB Limited 15 20 $29,404 $32,720
4-Door 112" WB 4WD Limited 15 19 $31,414 $35,005
4-Door 112" WB AWD XLT 14 18 $23,688 $26,225
4-Door 112" WB AWD Eddie Bauer 14 18 $27,653 $30,730
4-Door 112" WB AWD Limited 14 18 $31,120 $34,670
RWD 2500 144"
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 2500 170" N/A N/A $42,947 $46,180
RWD 2500 144" N/A N/A $37,195 $39,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,285
$37,195
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,085
$39,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$335 / month
$667 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter now offers 4x4 for improved all-weather and all-terrain ability, building on its proven strengths as a flexible business vehicle.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg N/A mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type Liftgate Split Swing-Out
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 36.5 -
Passenger Capacity 4 12
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 -
Second Hip Room (in) 43.6 -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 -
Second Head Room (in) 39.1 -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.9 -
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 -
Front Hip Room (in) 52.4 -
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 6.7 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.2 79.7
Side Door Opening Width (in) NA -
Overhang, Front (in) 33.8 -
Step Up Height - Side (in) NA -
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 46.9 -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 27.0 27.6
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) 178.6 -
Side Door Opening Height (in) NA -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 6.7 -
Height, Overall (in) 67.8 96.3
Step Up Height - Front (in) NA -
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 33.7 -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) 42.8 -
Wheelbase (in) 101.7 144.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - 70.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - 63.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 29.2 128.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 32.6 NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in) NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³) NA 68.6
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 41.9 53.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 61.8 128.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 69.4 68.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA 32.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA 68.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.86 x 1.24 -
Brake ABS System Four-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.38 x 1.33 -
Brake Type Power -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Location Midship Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA Midship
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.5 26.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 17.0 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.7 47.6
Steering Type Power Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock 15.0 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 37.8 -
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code T7H NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front 760 662
Rear Tire Size P225/70R15 LT245/75R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - TBD - -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) 1593 6084
Rear Tire Order Code T7H RH8
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - -
Front Tire Size P225/70R15 LT245/75R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear 760 662
Spare Tire Size P225/70R15 Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code T7H RH8
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) 1593 5556
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 765 750
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) N/A -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2,000 5000
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) N/A -
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs) - 5000
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 4700 8550
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 2650 5360
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 1767 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 2290 3970
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 6,000 13550
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 1940 -
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6 Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 7 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 7 16 X 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.8 -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts 1425 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650 850
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 95 200
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA 850
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 225 @ 2800 265 @ 1400
Engine Order Code 99E MG3
Displacement 4.0L/245 2.1 L/131
Engine Oil Cooler Yes None
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 160 @ 4200 161 @ 3800
Engine Type Gas V6 Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4
Fuel System SPFI Direct Diesel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 -
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.40 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.73
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA -
Clutch Size (in) 10 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 1.92
Trans Type 5 7
Trans PTO Access NA No
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.79 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA -
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.40 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.05 2.86
Trans Order Code 44M G42
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA No
Trans Power Take Off NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Model NA -
Summary
Body Code 102" WB -
Body Style 2 Door XL Passenger Van
Vehicle Name Ford Explorer Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Vans
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 35 -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 2650 -
Suspension Type - Rear Single-stage leaf Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.8 -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front 3.27 3.92
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 2650 5360
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 35 -
Axle Type - Rear Semi-floating Ford Rigid Axle
Suspension Type - Front Torsion bar Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.42 -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 3200 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 2290 3970
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.27 3.92
Axle Type - Front Independent SLA Independent
Frame
Frame Type Single channel w/crossmembers -
Doors
Side Door Type NA Sliding
 
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