DUSSELDORF, Germany -- Mercedes-Benz is offering safety technology from its luxury passenger vehicles on the restyled Sprinter commercial van line that debuts in September.
The 2014 Sprinter will be available with an optional $1,700 safety package that includes accident-avoidance features.
"We already have one industry-leading safety feature -- load-adaptive [electronic stability control] that is available in the current model year," said Claus Tritt, general manager of commercial vans for Mercedes-Benz USA. "This is another jump in technology."
Optional safety equipment includes forward collision-prevention assist that kicks in at 12 mph, high-beam automatic headlamp dimming, lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring.
For the 2015 model year, the van also will get a crosswind-assistance package that uses the Sprinter's active suspension to minimize the effects of high winds on the vehicle. Tritt said the technology will be available in Europe this year but U.S. vehicles require changes to the suspension.
The Sprinter gets a new, bolder front end with a more conspicuous Mercedes-Benz star and bumpers from Mercedes' large crossovers.