As we compiled this Review, Mercedes had yet to announce pricing for this revitalised version of the eSprinter, but it's safe to speculate that there will be a bit of an uplift from the price required for the original model. Before deduction of the available government £5,000 plug-in grant, that was priced from just under £58,000 in its single 'Progressive'-trimmed L2 H2 55kWh form. As we've said elsewhere in this Review, in panel van form the new re-engineered model offers a choice of L2 or L3 body lengths, 134bhp or 201bhp motors and three battery options - 56kWh, 81kWh and 113kWh.
Like a diesel Sprinter, this EV model includes an advanced connectivity package, the 'Communication Module', which has an in-built LTE SIM-card offering rapid data transmission between vans, drivers and vehicle managers. And as you'd expect, safety is very well accounted for. This eSprinter gets standard autonomous braking, the brand's 'Active Brake Assist with pedestrian protection' package. Plus, like the Vito, this LCV is also fitted with 'ATTENTION ASSIST' drowsiness detection, to prevent fatigue and encourage drivers to drive responsibly with breaks when they get tired. The Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call system can summon rescue services in the event of an accident, whilst Rear Cross Traffic and Exit Alert monitors the rear of the vehicle, and can autonomously brake in the event of an impending collision. In the event of an accident, Sprinter automatically applies its brakes to prevent secondary collisions.