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Mercedes-Benz Vans SA introduces the new 517 Sprinter Panel Van

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The 517 Sprinter Panel Van from Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa which will be available from February 2023 is claimed to be more powerful, fuel-efficient, comfortable and environmentally friendly than its predecessor.
The 517 Sprinter Panel Van from Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa which will be available from February 2023 is claimed to be more powerful, fuel-efficient, comfortable and environmentally friendly than its predecessor.

Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa has kicked off 2023 with the launch of the 517 Sprinter Panel Van which will be available from February 2023. The 517 Sprinter line-up will supersede the former 516 Sprinter line-up with the key enhancement being a new, state-of-the-art OM654 engine. Thanks to this upgrade in engine technology, the 517 Sprinter will receive a 5kW increase in engine output as well as improved fuel efficiency.

The all-aluminium OM654 diesel engine impresses with its powerful drive, efficiency and low noise and vibration levels. Thanks to its improved performance, the 517 Sprinter provides top-tier businesses with the ideal vehicle to transport goods more efficiently whilst reducing their environmental impact.

Marinus Venter, Head of Product and Marketing for Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa, says: “We are immensely excited to be updating our popular Sprinter 516 Panel Van line-up with this next-generation of engine technology. The Sprinter 517 will give fleet owners access to even greater efficiencies while maintaining all the innovative safety, comfort and quality that Mercedes-Benz is so well known for.” 

The key innovations of the new OM654 engine include:

  • Increased rated output and torque 
  • A compact and lightweight engine design, thanks to a full-aluminium housing and an innovative placement of engine equipment. 
  • Reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, due to the inclusion of steel pistons with combustion bowls, NANOSLIDE® cylinder coating and fourth-generation common-rail injection. 
  • Low heat losses and favourable running conditions, owing to the placement of the exhaust-gas-cleaning technologies, close to the engine, for improved temperature management and efficiency. 

Marinus Venter, Head of Product and Marketing for Mercedes-Benz Vans South Africa, says, “We are immensely excited to be updating our popular Sprinter 516 Panel Van line-up with this next-generation of engine technology. The Sprinter 517 will give fleet owners access to even greater efficiencies while maintaining all the innovative safety, comfort and quality that Mercedes-Benz is so well known for.” 

516 Sprinter vs. 517 Sprinter engine comparison: 

516 Sprinter Panel Van (Standard) 517 Sprinter Panel Van (Standard) 
Engine OM651 DE22 LAOM654 DE20 LA
Emission standard Euro V EURO VI-D/6b 
Rated output120 kW at 3800 rpm125 kW at 3800 rpm
Rated torque 380Nm at 1400–2400 rpm 400Nm at 1700–2400 rpm

517 Sprinter technical data: 

Vehicle width above folded-in exterior mirrors2175 mm
Vehicle length 5932 mm
Vehicle height 2331 mm
Weight3550 kg
Max. load compartment length3272 mm
Max. load compartment height2079 mm
Max. load compartment area5.539 m2
Max. load compartment volume11 m3

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