New Sprinter City 45 can seat up to 13 passengers, with additional standing room for 9 commuters.
Whenever Europeans think of “Minibus”, their imagination is more likely to go straight to Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City mid-size vans! They are in production since 1995, and the sheer range of customized vehicles built on the Sprinter chassis is simply amazing. Spanning four model ranges (Sprinter City 35, 45, 65, and 77) and 17 different models, the Sprinter City undertakes diverse tasks from regular-service and inter-city routes to touring and transporting people across cities, suburbs and countryside.
The latest revision to the Sprinter City 45, which debuted at the 2017 Busworld Europe early this week, features additional three rows of seating with an extended overall length by 400 mm. Built on the Sprinter panel van with the longest available wheelbase (4325 mm), the new minibus boasts long rear overhang that serves as the platform, giving it a length of 7.36 metres. Since the wheelbase remains unchanged, the turning radius of 15.3 m is also unaffected. Daimler claims that this enhances the maneuverability of the vehicle while driving along narrow lanes or city traffic.
A major highlight of the Sprinter City 45 is its low-floor entrance, with a mere 270 mm floor height above the ground. A double-wing outward-swinging door glazes down to the floor level, facilitating easy access into the passenger compartment. Daimler Buses claim that the cabin is well-thoughtfully laid-out, with air-conditioning or standard climate control system, LED lighting, and stop signalling system. The new “City Star Eco” seats are light and functional, with padded seat surfaces and backrests. Large destination display panels up front and rear panel design is also new.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 45 comes fitted with OM 651 2.14-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine (Euro 6) with high-torque potentials. The engine generates a standard output of 143 hp, while an optional 163 hp version is also available. It is paired to a 7G-Tronic Plus 7-speed automatic gearbox. Daimler builds these minibuses at its assembly in Dortmund, England. Both RHD and LHD versions are available.
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