Dodge Sprinter Engine
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The Dodge Sprinter, a full-size utility van, began life in 1995 as a Mercedes-Benz. DaimlerChrysler released the van in 2003 as the Dodge Sprinter and it was branded as a Dodge until 2009 when the contract to sell Sprinters in the United States was given to a subset of Mercedes-Benz dealers.
First Generation Dodge Sprinter Engine Sizes
There were several Dodge Sprinter engine sizes used in this vehicle during its run as a Dodge. The earliest and most common engine in the Sprinter was the 2.7 liter turbodiesel produced by Mercedes-Benz. The engine produced 154 horsepower with 243lb-ft of torque.
The 2.7-liter engine was powerful enough to meet the demands of a utility van loaded with passengers, equipment or materials. However, it also offered fuel economy in the mid-20s— typically 15%-20% better than the competition— that made it attractive for use in town. The downside was that the vehicle could be a bit sluggish when attempting to pass under very heavy loads.
Later Dodge Sprinter Engine Sizes
The next of the Dodge Sprinter engine sizes was a 3.0L turbodiesel V6 with the same 154hp but an increase in torque to 280lb-ft. The additional torque was appreciated by those hauling heavy loads.
Dodge recognized the demand for a more powerful engine and introduced the gasoline-powered 3.5L V6 capable of making 254hp with 250lb-ft of torque. The 3.0L and 3.5L engines were paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive for the highway.
Options beyond Dodge Sprinter engine sizes included choices of wheelbase (144 or 170 inches), body length (233 and 273 inches or a 289-inch cargo van) and an extended interior roof height of 84 inches. Appealing features such as tilt-steering, automatic climate control and anti-lock brakes gave the Dodge Sprinter a definite edge over the competition in the full-size utility van market.
Even while branded as a Dodge, the Sprinter had the fit and finish you’d expect from a Mercedes-Benz. The interior styling and quality were best in class. Things like the angle of the steering wheel and the instrumentation on the dashboard were far superior to other utility vans in this class.
Now rebranded as a Mercedes-Benz, the Sprinter continues to enjoy excellent sales to those who want a high-quality, attractive utility van for moving passengers or cargo or for making local deliveries.