Since the start of  the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has seen a surge in last-mile deliveries as the country has implemented a series of lockdowns forcing people to stay home, and consequently placing more orders for goods online. The term “last-mile” refers to the final stage in the delivery of products and goods from a local distribution center to end-user customers, although the word “mile” can vary from dozens of miles to just a few blocks. Since the start of the pandemic, there has been an unprecedented spike in the volume of online orders. 

Last-mile delivery companies are looking to better utilize their existing fleets with speedier and higher volume deliveries. But this high utilization has increased stress on delivery vehicle maintenance. The last-mile driving patterns, which include stop-and-go driving, extended idling periods, and higher mileage, extracts a wear-and-tear toll on the delivery vehicles. The on-the-road demands entailed in last-mile delivery have caused fleets to investigate more fuel-efficient vehicle options. Fleets operating vans looking to increase vehicle productivity, vehicle life span and reduce fuel costs would be wise to consider the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. 

The highly anticipated 2.0 litre 4-cylinder Diesel engine is now available for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van in Canada. This advanced powertrain produces 161 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission, it offers customers a highly compelling option that satisfies countless industry needs, as well as a wide -range of transportation requirements. Similar to the 3.0 litre 6-cylinder Diesel engine, the 2.0 litre 4-cylinder Diesel engine will be offered on all body types: Cargo, Crew, Passenger, and Cab Chassis variants. 

The 4-cylinder Diesel engine can be combined with a rear-wheel drive configuration with various wheelbase options, including the 144" wheelbase standard roof or the 170" wheelbase and 170" extended wheelbase high roof offering. The 4-cylinder Diesel engine joins the 6-cylinder Diesel and the 4-cylinder Gasoline engines, rounding out the comprehensive Sprinter engine lineup for a total of three different powertrain options.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter comes equipped with an array of standard features; including Keyless Start, Multifunctional Steering Wheel, Active Brake Assist, Cruise Control as well as heated and power-adjustable side mirrors. In addition, the Sprinter offers the latest in optional safety and assistance systems such as Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC®, and Blind Spot Assist, which, until recently, were exclusive to Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.

With advanced features on par with the Mercedes-Benz passenger car lineup, the innovative Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) multimedia system, a notable design, and a multitude of options available for the rear-wheel and four-wheel drive variants, the versatile Sprinter offers fleet decision makers a solution to meet their wide and ever-growing requirements. 

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter sets a new standard for the workday. The 2.0 litre 4-cylinder Diesel Sprinter will be arriving in dealerships in early spring of 2021.


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