• Oct 4, 2006

Allpar.com has posted some great spy shots of the revised Dodge Sprinter. The Mercedes-built van has been a quiet success for DaimlerChrysler in the U.S., and DCX may be looking to expand its place in the market. The passenger version shown in these photos may indicate a new focus for the Sprinter van product, as well. With a little investment, the Sprinter could become an even better people moving tool for organizations like churches, schools, and maybe even some families, supplanting the age-old Ford E-Series Econoline and similar offerings from General Motors.


The current generation van can be configured as a people mover, but the revisions to the rear window glass and some packaging changes could indicate that Dodge is ready to go after some of the full-size van market. The Sprinter offers better fuel economy, more space, and an overall better packaging proposition than most full-size vans. It has been an expensive vehicle in the past, and previously the inventory mix heavily favored commercial customers, so it will be interesting to see if Dodge goes in this direction and reaches for the non-commercial consumer.

Thanks to David for the tip!

[Source: Allpar.com]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope they dont put a biugger engine in them. The 2.7 is amazing. Lots of get up and go and 25mpg in real driving.
      Better than V8 and V10 crap ford and chevy put in their vans and get 12 mpg.
      • 8 Years Ago
      these are actually nice vans. some neighbors down the street have one for their disabled son, and every time i see it, i have to slow down and look closer.

      it looks a lot better than the econoline and GM vans that roll around, and looks like it has about 1.5 to 2 times the vertical room inside. (maybe thats a bit exxageratory...)
      • 8 Years Ago
      #13
      Thats total Bull. I absolutely dont agree.
      I drive this thing all the time and love it. Yes it does not handle well, but handles like a van. Its economical and great power. I am amazed by its packaging and thoughtful features. I think its great.
      IMHO
      • 8 Years Ago
      TV Stations are loving this van as satellite or ENG vehicle
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's too bad Ford doesn't sell the Transit in the states; it makes the Sprinter look like a junk-mobile.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Has anybody ever driven one of these things? I worked as a delivery for FedEx Ground and had to drive one of these POS vans and it was awful. I dreaded when there was any hint of a wind because this thing is so tall it just gets pushed al over the road. It is also alot louder than the Ford or Chevy vans and is really top heavy around any corner at any speed. I'm glad I made enough money to get back in school and finish my degree because I feel sorry for anyone forced to drive one of these.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If they weren't replacing the inline5 with the V6 diesel, DCX better have coupled the old engine to 7g-tronic?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've actually started seeing quite a few of these around here used mostly as delivery vans. There are also some starting to be used for shuttles here on campus.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's center of gravity is actually lower than those 15 passenger deathmobiles. It sits on smaller wheels, and a little lower to the ground. More colleges are getting these for transporting their teams, since they're safer than the old busses that you hear about rolling over on highways all the time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who cares about spy shots for a van you can already buy in Europe? It goes on sale here early next year. Just with Dodge badges:

      http://www.whnet.com/4x4/pix/newsprinter_02.jpg
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Love the Sprinter. They are showing up EVERYWHERE around where I live. First was FedEx, then large plumbing companies & electricians, then the hotels and airport shuttles, now universities and a few private owners have passenger versions. If you don't mind the commercial look, it's a lot of vehicle for the money.

      I'm sure *somebody* out there has bought one as a passenger version, and reverse-engineered it with a Mercedes Benz grill and badges. Definately would be the only one on your block...

      They're quiet too. Can barely hear them on the street.
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