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The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker Van Electrifies Audience at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show

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Mercedes-Benz premiered the more affordable Sprinter Worker Van at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show

The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker model is powered by a 161-horsepower diesel engine

Mercedes-Benz Van enthusiasts will be happy to hear the German automotive brand showed off a more affordable Sprinter van today at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.

Dubbed the Worker, the new entry-level van features a starting price tag of $32,495, which makes it only slightly more expensive than the more diminutive 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris.

To bring cost down, Mercedes outfitted the Worker with only the most simple and straightforward equipment. In addition, the Worker comes standard with 319.1 cubic feet of available cargo space, which provides loads of room for shelves, cabinets, and tool boxes.

The Worker is powered by a 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel engine rated at 161 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The motor is matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes reports the new Worker van can tow up to 5,000 pounds and features a maximum payload of 3,512 pounds.

As for the vehicle’s dimensions, the Worker has a 144-inch wheelbase, the cargo floor length is 137.4-inches, and the interior standing height is 66.5 inches. There are also Sprinter 2500 and heavy-duty 3500 models for those professionals who need additional space.

“We are pleased to announce the new Sprinter WORKER model, which is every bit as capable as the rest of our Sprinter lineup at an even more attractive starting price: $32,495,” said Bernie Glaser, Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Vans in the USA. “The Sprinter brand is no stranger to hard work and we are making a statement by targeting the heart of the commercial van market by offering an affordable and approachable model designed for plumbers, electricians, HVAC specialists, general contractors and similar fields. The Sprinter offers the best value, as well as simple and straightforward packaging for our toughest customers. Together with creative financing solutions from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, it has never been easier to own a Sprinter.”

Gallery: The Mercedes-Benz Worker Sprinter Van