Engine, transmission, ancillary assemblies – there are lots of factors which influence a van’s fuel consumption. Our engineers have scrutinised every single detail in their search for opportunities to make the individual components and systems more efficient. The result is a whole raft of innovative measures for optimising fuel consumption and reducing emissions.
The efficiency package available for the Sprinter and Vito in various different versions offers a series of intelligent solutions for everyday driving. First and foremost, the OM 651 EURO 5 diesel engine OM 651 ensures efficient consumption and a high degree of environmental compatibility. With its low emissions, this 4-cylinder diesel engine exceeds the requirements of the EURO 5 emissions standard and as an option in the Sprinter, for instance, it can even meet the very stringent European emissions standard for EEV (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle).
A further component of the efficiency package is the ECO Gear manual transmission. In conjunction with the OM 651 diesel engine, the optimally graduated six gears and the resultant lower engine speed level tangibly cut the combined consumption to below that of previous CDI diesel engines. In addition to this, the ECO start/stop function helps to save fuel wherever possible. If the vehicle has been standing still for more than three seconds, the engine is automatically switched off if no gear is engaged and the clutch pedal is not depressed. In city-centre areas consumption can be reduced by as much as 8% through this technology alone, compared with an identical vehicle without the ECO start/stop function.