Claus Trit just announced, we will see a 4 wheel drive Sprinter in 2015
But, that’s a year away from now. Right now we have a brand new, fantastic 2014 Sprinter Van with a great new power plant. We have driven it, it performs better than any of us would have previously thought, and up to 18% better fuel economy.
If you are going to consider a new full size van, whether a Sprinter or anyone else’s full size van, you must test drive the 4 cyl diesel engine first. If after the test drive you feel it is not what your needs are, then we have the current V6 that has been used since our 2007 model year.
So let’s say you are driving 20,000 miles per year in your current 2007 Sprinter van, that is getting 20 mpg. At $3.89 per gallon for fuel, you spend $3,890 in fuel per year. Over the past 7 years, you would have spent $27,230 for fuel use.
So with the new 4 Cyl, twin turbo diesel engine with the 7 speed automatic transmission, with 18% better fuel economy, you will save $596 per year or over the next 7 years, you will have saved $4,172 in fuel costs.
But, if you have been driving “brand X” full size van, that gets about 14 mpg, compared with the new Sprinter van with the 4 cyl diesel engine, you will save $15,848 in 7 years in fuel costs.
And let me tell you this, I personally think, we will see a higher percent increase in fuel economy with the new 4 cyl model. So once we get some hard data from our new buyers of the 4 cyl engine, with actual true mileage ratings, we will look at this again.
One more bit of news about the 2014 Sprinter vans, our maintenance service schedule is now 15,000 miles. That’s right, 15,000 miles between oil changes, and regular services. How much will this save you over the next 100,000 miles?
More to come from the Sprinter factory here in Ladson South Carolina, but I’m off to a dinner party with every “Sprinter Guy” from the USA.
I am so excited about 2014 model year Sprinter sales.