Mercedes Sprinter WORKER Diesel Undercuts Competition [2016 Chicago Auto Show]

2016 mercedes benz sprinter worker diesel
Mercedes Sprinter WORKER

Mercedes-Benz Vans division debuts a new base model of its popular Sprinter van it calls the WORKER. When it goes on sale in Spring 2016, it will be the most cost-effective way to get into a Sprinter. This is a light-duty cargo model of the van with a short wheelbase and a standard roof height. It includes only the basics and starts at a remarkable $32,495 (before the $995 destination charge).

Why is the WORKER model price a big deal? The current starting price for a Sprinter is $36,495, so you are looking at a significant discount of $4,000.


How does the price compare to the competition? The class-leading Ford Transit starts at $30,960, but Ford’s base model uses a normally aspirated 3.7L V6 gasoline engine. The Sprinter WORKER comes with a 2.1L four-cylinder that is good for 161 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired to a 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission.

The 3.2L I5 turbodiesel in the Ford Transit is more powerful (185 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque), but a diesel-powered Transit starts at $36,605.


The Sprinter WORKER comes in a 144-inch wheelbase. Maximum payload and towing are rated at 3,512 lbs and 5,000 lbs respectively.

The rest of the standard features include:

  • Crosswind Assist
  • Power windows
  • Adjustable armrest
  • Five standard cup holders
  • Air conditioning
  • 4-speaker sound system with BLUETOOTH
  • Full-size spare wheel/tire
  • Black steel wheels
  • 180-degree rear doors
  • Driver and passenger overhead storage
  • Six standard airbags