The Sprinter is the first van to be equipped as standard with Crosswind Assist. Crosswind Assist supports the driver in strong, gusty side winds through automatic brake interventions in order to help the vehicle stay in lane.
It recognises strong gusts of side wind in good time making use of the ADAPTIVE ESP® driving dynamics control system sensors. At speeds over 50mph it corrects the vehicle's course by means of automatic braking interventions at the wheels on the side of the vehicle facing the wind. This way, Crosswind Assist can help forestall any hasty inappropriate reactions, and enhance the driver's feeling of safety.
Crosswind Assist is available for the panel with a GVW of 3.5 t and 3.88 t as well as for body lengths standard, long and extra-long – with standard and high roof.
Thanks to its safety packages, which are unparalleled in the van segment, the Sprinter can match any passenger car.
With features such as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Highbeam Assist, the optional Driving Assistance package contributes to reduce accident risk in many situations and towards enhancing ride comfort. Click on the links for more information:
The Lane Tracking package, available as optional equipment, contributes to enhancing active safety and ride comfort with its components Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist and High-beam Assist. Click on the links for more information:
Lane Keeping Assist
Blind Spot Assist
ADAPTIVE ESP® is a dynamic handling control system that also takes the vehicle load into account. It actively intervenes in certain dangerous driving situations by means of targeted brake applications at individual wheels, and affects an adjustment of the engine output based on current requirement to aid the driver in being able to master the dangerous situation. ADAPTIVE ESP® integrates the functions of the ABS anti-lock braking system, ASR acceleration skid control, EBD electronic brake force distribution, Brake Assist (BAS) and Hill-Start Assist with an added handling stability aid. ESP® trailer stabilisation (only in conjunction with optional trailer coupling or pre-installation for trailer coupling) furthermore enhances handling safety in trailer operations.
What's more, ADAPTIVE ESP® distinguishes itself by two innovative functions which help to shorten the stopping distance. ESP® Brake Disc Wipe periodically removes the film of water which forms on the brake discs when it rains and thus speeds up braking in wet conditions. Thanks to ESP® Electronic Brake Prefill, the brake linings are applied lightly to the brake discs as soon as the driver takes his foot abruptly off the accelerator. As a result the reaction time - and thus the stopping distance – are shortened when braking.
Caution: ADAPTIVE ESP® can only act within the laws of physics. It is therefore impossible for ADAPTIVE ESP® to prevent skidding as a result of aquaplaning, for example. If the driver exceeds the physical limits, even ADAPTIVE ESP® will not be able to prevent an accident!
The Sprinter not only is equipped with disc brakes on all four wheels. Our engineers also managed to improve the tried and tested dual-circuit hydraulic brake system still further. An electric brake wear indicator on each of the four wheels shows the current condition of the brake pads.
The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with added value functions, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brake force distribution (EBD) are naturally just as much a part of the standard equipment of the Sprinter as the Brake Assist System (BAS), acceleration skid control (ASR) and the vehicle/trailer stabilisation.
More safety towing trailers
The ESP® Trailer Stability Assist increases active safety when pulling a trailer. The system intervenes in a targeted manner if the trailer begins swinging back and forth and helps the driver to stabilise the vehicle/trailer combination. ESP® Trailer Stability Assist comes as standard in conjunction with trailer coupling. It is automatically active if the vehicle has been equipped with a trailer coupling ex-factory; if the trailer coupling is retrofitted, the function can be retroactively activated by any authorised Mercedes-Benz dealer.
The potential to protect the driver in a head-on collision is increased through the driver's front airbag (fitted as standard), working in conjunction with the correctly-worn seatbelt. A front airbag for the co-driver is also available as an option (for the double co-driver's seat as well).
To supplement the front airbags, a window bag and thorax bag are also available as optional extras for both the driver and co-driver. They are deployed on the impact side in the event of a severe side impact. The window bag serves to increase the degree of protection for the head of the occupants. It deploys in the area of the side windows. Housed in the outside bolsters of the seat backrests, thorax bags are designed to provide increased protection for the upper torso of the seat occupant.
The Sprinter also has: