The Dutch police have signed an agreement for 300 new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 316 CDI, which has a combined fuel consumption of 7.1 l/100 km and combined CO2 emissions of186 g/km. The first vehicles were delivered in November 2016.
Before signing the framework agreement for the 300 vans, the polic put the Sprinter through thorough testing. The van demonstrated high overall quality and outstanding driving dynamics thanks to the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed transmission with torque converter. This automatic unit provides for smooth power transmission accompanied by reduced fuel consumption. In addition, the Sprinter's small turning circle enables maximum flexibility and simple handling – even when little space is available for manoeuvring. The Sprinter can accommodate eight police officers, according to Mercedes-Benz.
The Dutch police's Sprinter is fitted with state-of-the-art technical equipment, such as the National Operational Network System, which enables live images to be received from a police helicopter. The Position Monitoring System is employed for communications with a command center. The Sound Commander enables the police officers to put out announcements to crowds up to 500 meters away from the vehicle. The scope of equipment also includes white blinder lamps on the roof. The conversion measures have been carried out among others together with the Dutch VanPartner by Mercedes-Benz VDL Bus Venlo bv, according Mercedes-Benz.