Power, efficiency and durability come standard.

The 2016 Sprinter’s standard powertrain is the impressive OM651 4-cylinder with 7-speed 7G-TRONIC transmission. The OM651 has passed nearly 5 million miles of endurance testing under the harshest operating conditions. The OM642 V6 with 5-speed transmission has already proven itself on the road and will remain available as an option.

4-Cylinder Turbocharged Diesel Engine

Effortlessly combine the benefits of turbocharged power, diesel fuel economy and durability in one compact package. The advanced OM651 2-stage turbo diesel engine is standard on all Sprinter Van models and features:

  • 161 hp at 3,800 rpm
  • 265 lb-ft of torque across a broad rpm range
  • Two overhead camshafts/4 valves per cylinder
  • No turbo lag, due to 2-stage exhaust gas turbocharging system
  • Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system for cleaner emissions

The OM651’s 265 lb-ft of torque starts at a low 1,400 rpm, giving you ample pulling power when the light turns green, when merging onto a highway, and especially under a load. A combination of exhaust gas recirculation with two-stage cooling and the SCR technology with AdBlue® injection for the BlueTEC® engines and a particulate filter ensures clean exhaust emissions. The OM651 also delivers up to 18% better fuel economy over the superior efficiency of the optional 6-cylinder/5-speed combination.

6-Cylinder BlueTEC® Diesel Engine

The proven OM642 6-Cylinder Diesel engine/5-speed transmission combination features:

  • 188 hp at 3,800 rpm
  • 325 lb-ft of torque across a broad rpm range
  • Electronically controlled direct injection
  • 4 valves per cylinder
  • Fuel type: Ulta low sulfur diesel

Like the OM651, the OM642 is one of the world's cleanest running diesel engines thanks to BlueTEC® SCR technology.9 The OM642 generates power from a turbocharger as well, and peak torque comes in at low rpm—precisely when it matters most.

7G-TRONIC Transmission

Can a transmission reduce interior noise? Or lower the total cost of vehicle ownership? The standard 7-speed 7G-TRONIC transmission does all that and more. This technologically advanced transmission is the first of its kind in the segment and has been refined for maximum output and fuel efficiency. Like the outstanding optional 5-speed/6-cylinder combination, the 7G-TRONIC’s shift points are perfectly mated to the OM651 diesel engine’s power output. The seven gears improve acceleration and short shift times make for a smoother ride.


BlueEFFICIENCY is the term encompassing all the fuel-saving and emission-reducing efforts Mercedes-Benz uses on the Sprinter Van, powertrain and ancillary components, allowing the 2-stage turbo 4-cylinder diesel engine to meet and exceed the most stringent emission standards. They include:

  • Regulated fuel pump: provides optimum fuel supply control, maximum admission pressure level
  • Fuel-economy rear axle: optimized gearing and ball bearings reduce rear axle friction
  • A/C compressor clutch: utilizes belt drive with overrunning clutch, only driven when active for fuel savings
  • Fuel-economy alternator: efficiency-enhanced management reduces energy demand and CO2 emissions
  • ECO steering pump: activated only when steering support is needed
  • Plus, Sprinter Van owners can achieve up to 90% lower emissions than an equivalent gasoline-powered vehicle thanks to our new Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) option – which equips the Sprinter Van with the first SULEV-certified diesel engine in the world.30 (Available for 4-Cylinder only. Requires Option Code MH8. Fleet Vehicles only.)
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