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Dodge Launches Sprinter Cab/Chassis in U.S. Commercial Van Market

March 9, 2004

Dodge has extended its commercial market reach with the formal launch of the Sprinter cab/chassis. The vehicle was officially introduced at the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Show in Baltimore March 3.

Designed with the body builder in mind, the Sprinter cab/chassis enables easy upfit for virtually any commercial need. Its versatility begins with flat frame rails, which provide a good mounting surface. The fuel filler neck and nozzle is integrated with the cab, which eliminates the need to reroute the fuel fill system or build bodies around the fuel fill system. Taillight wiring harnesses may be lengthened easily to fit extended utility bodies, or taillights deleted altogether if needs require. Other available options include a rear window for the cab and wiring harnesses for lighting the interior of upfit bodies.

Like the Sprinter vans, a high-performance turbo-diesel engine powers the cab/chassis. The 5-cylinder, 2.7-liter engine produces 154 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque, enough to handle business needs while conserving fuel and operating with minimal external noise. The cab/chassis is available in two GVWRs, 8,550 or 9,900 lbs., and three wheelbases, 118, 140, or 158 inches.

Four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS) and integrated acceleration skid control (ASR) are standard. Independent front wheel suspension offers improved road holding. Also, full size driver and passenger airbags are available, helping lessen the chance of serious injury in front-impact collisions. Rugged body structure and extra length and increased rigidity in the cab section improve performance in crash situations, and 2500 models are equipped with Electronic Stability Program (ESP).

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