CHICAGO — The 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker, a new entry-level model with a $33,490 price tag, will arrive at Mercedes-Benz Vans and Freightliner dealerships this spring. It debuts at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
Pricing includes a $995 destination charge.
The German automaker slashed the price of the Sprinter by $4,000 with the rollout of the new model compared to the previous lowest-priced van, the Sprinter 2500.
The Worker is sold both as a Mercedes-Benz van and as a Freightliner model. Dealers are taking orders now for the Worker.
The value-oriented model is offered with only one wheelbase, roof height and engine. A 4x4 system is not offered on the Worker.
"We were able to reduce pricing through a simplified build process and increased manufacturing efficiency, offering just one color (white), one wheelbase and one roof height, our most common configuration in the U.S.," wrote Christian Bokich, a Mercedes-Benz spokesman in response to a query.
The Worker model also eliminates a wood/plastic floor and several interior panels, among other components.
The stereo system is more basic than that in the Sprinter 2500, but it retains Bluetooth, a USB port and auxiliary input.
"We did not make any compromises in terms of what a Sprinter stands for, which is reliability, safety, the features Mercedes is famous for," Bernie Glaser, vice president of Mercedes-Benz Vans in the USA, told Edmunds.
Mercedes-Benz said it is targeting the heart of the commercial van market, including plumbers, electricians and general contractors who want a "simple and straightforward product with simple packaging."
The Worker is equipped with a 161-horsepower 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel engine and seven-speed automatic transmission.
It has a maximum payload capacity of 3,512 pounds and a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
The $1,499 Convenience package adds several items, including cruise control, a multifunction steering wheel and pre-wiring for trailer lights.
The $2,999 Utility package includes a wood cargo floor, rear step and rear cargo door windows.
The $4,499 Overtime package bundles a blind-spot monitoring system, rearview camera, upgraded radio and high-beam assist.
Edmunds says: The lower-priced 2016 Sprinter Worker gives small-business owners another option when shopping for their next full-size van.