Is a heavier Class 3 Sprinter on tap?

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Updated Apr 28, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2016Mercedes-Benz Vans unveiled Wednesday a heavier addition to its Class 3 Sprinter. Set to be available in Europe later this year, Mercedes-Benz officials said there were no confirmed plans for the U.S. market yet, adding “but certainly not ruled out.”

The heaviest Sprinter to-date – billed as Sprinter 314 CDI in Europe – features a 12,100 GVWR, a boost of about 1,000 pounds from the former Sprinter 3500 upper limit of 11,030. In comparison to the previous top-of-the-range model, the heavy-duty Sprinter offers a nearly 1,000 pound increase in load capacity, resulting in a total payload of between 6,500 pounds and 7,500 pounds, depending on the model.

Considering Mercedes’ four-wheel drive Sprinter and Metris were each brought stateside recently following European launches, it’s not beyond reason to expect Sprinter to offer the heavier Class 3 van in the coming model years.

Jason Cannon has written about trucking and transportation for more than a decade and serves as Chief Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. A Class A CDL holder, Jason is a graduate of the Porsche Sport Driving School, an honorary Duckmaster at The Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee, and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Reach him at jasoncannon@randallreilly.com.