Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 45 Minibus – 2017 Busworld Europe

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 45

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.

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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.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 45
With a slim width of 1.99 metres, the overall length of 7.36 metres of the Mercedes Sprinter City 45 isn´t a bane, especially while maneuvering through narrow lanes and 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.

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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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Mercedes-Benz Citaro Hybrid with Supercapacitors – 2017 Busworld Europe

Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid

The hybrid system offers up to 8.5 percent lower fuel consumption than the conventional diesel-powered Citaro.

Daimler Buses had world debuted its Citaro Hybrid range of urban buses under the Mercedes-Benz marque at the 2017 Busworld Europe, Kortrijk in Belgium. The company has now made the hybrid technology optional for a wide range of Citaro buses fitted with both diesel and natural gas-powered engines (NGT models) in rigid, articulated, or low-entry layouts. Daimler says that it considers hybrids not as an interim technology en-route to electric drive systems, but as an efficient way to hone the ICE systems.

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The Citaro hybrid combines a series of energy-efficient technologies to save fuel consumption. To start with, the Intelligent Eco Steering, an electro-hydraulic steering system, operates only on demand unlike the conventional hydraulic steering systems. Next is the braking energy recuperation, by which the electric motor that assists the IC engine acts as a generator during braking and overrun phases.

Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid
MB Citaro Hybrid features twin-modules supercapacitors (2 Ah total capacity) containing 16 double layer capacitors at a space-saving location over the roof.

The energy thus generated is then stored in double layer capacitors called as `supercaps´ (aka supercapacitors) that are characterized by high power density. They are best suited for high power peaks and quick changeover between charging and discharging during start/stop cycles in typical city bus operation. Daimler has ideally placed the twin-modules supercapacitors (2 Ah total capacity) containing 16 double layer capacitors at a space-saving location over the roof. A water-cooler inverter converts the DC into AC to drive the electric motor.

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The disc-shaped synchronous electric motor, on the other hand, is positioned between the IC engine and the automatic gearbox, just like the way it was done in Mercedes-Benz E-300 BlueTEC Hybrid some five years ago! In fact, this motor is used in Mercedes S-Class cars as starter motors! This straightforward design is perhaps compact and less-heavy, also effective in assisting the engine when it demands power, especially while moving off from idle. The electric motor simply reduces the engine burden, that is why there is hardly any boost to the max power and speed generated. Yet, fuel consumption is reduced in the process.

Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid
Mercedes-Benz Citaro Hybrid features Intelligent Eco Steering, an electro-hydraulic steering system. Read more here

Again like its passenger cars, Daimler has equipped the Citaro hybrid with a 48 volt energy architecture thereby eliminating any high-voltage safety restrictions in its design. The compactness of the hybrid system results in almost no loss of passenger space in the cabin. The hybrid system is compatible with Citaro´s two prime range of engines – Mercedes-Benz OM 936 G 6-cylinder in-line diesel in both vertical and horizontal layouts, and M 936 G natural gas engine used in Citaro NGT.

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